Jul 27, 2011

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Contemplating Hunger

Contemplating Hunger

I have always been conscious of the fact that starvation is prominent in many parts of the world. As a young girl, I recall that one of my teachers involved the whole school in sponsoring a child from a country in South America. We would hold fundraisers for the child, and we watched as the child grew and changed, along with us, throughout the years. In our culture, I believe, we are very aware of starvation throughout the world, and many of us are compassionate beings who want to help and make a difference. As parents, perhaps the best way to implement a change in the world, is through teaching our children to look beyond our immediate environment and to help them see how we are all connected.

In addition to our culture’s awareness, there has always been another element for me when it comes to hunger. My own father grew up in very poor Eastern European countries, where bread and milk were his main sources of nutrition. My grandparents struggled to do all they could to feed their family; their hearts broke hearing their young children ask for more food, when there was none to be had. My dad’s was a happy ending, as his family eventually moved to Canada where he and his family had more resources, however, many people do not have the luxury of moving across the world.

With the recent declaration of a famine in East Africa, there comes a new awareness to the amount of overconsumption and waste that exists in North America. On a large scale, it is easily recognized by the all-you-can-eat buffets scattered throughout our continent. It is also evident in our rising rates of obesity in both children and adults.

On a smaller scale, I see this problem in my own home, with my own children. Like many children, they are picky and they frequently do not eat what is given to them. As a conscious parent, this is tough to swallow.

What is a parent to do? What are we as a society to do? It is not a feasible option to believe that we can personally solve world hunger. We can certainly help, by donating our time and money to assist in aide, but by focusing on our children, perhaps we can take a small step to help to make the world a better place.

We can teach our children to be aware of others’ struggles, to have compassion. We can teach them to be grateful for the food they eat, and we can teach them to make conscious choices in life. This can be as simple as reading a book on the subject, and discussing it with them, even from a young age. When children are older, we can bring them with us to volunteer in a soup kitchen or food pantry or help them to raise money to assist a child as I did when I was in school. After all, what is our job as parents if not to help a child grow to be a kind, generous, and conscious adult. Maybe in their lifetime, they will see an end to hunger in the world. Maybe they will be a catalyst for this change.

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Heidi Oran is a mother of two young boys living in Ontario, Canada. In addition to stay-at-home mom, she is a freelance writer currently working on her accomplishing her B.A. She is also the founder of The Conscious Perspective, a website focused on nourishing your mind, body, and spirit.

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  1. The problem to the world hunger is a crime against humanity,however,its is a fact that most world organizations are ether dishonest or the food is hijacked by wore lord,but the persistence of some food distributed by the organizers should not be unnoticed as the are the true heroes faced with death each and every day, and as you point out Heidi it is the right thing to tech our kids the value of food as we are fortunate to have it to our backing call,

  2. Hey Consciousmoms,
    I just stumbled across this and, Whatever one may know or feel about current political conditions in Pakistan and the takeover of power by President Musharraf, it is helpful to add to this picture, a broader spiritual perspective. This would include a view of energies at work on a planetary level which seek to concentrate power in the hands of a few, using as an excuse, the element of fear and the need for national security. Because the energetic picture is global, what we see in Pakistan can be considered an archetype for what might happen anywhere, including in America.
    Good Job!

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