When I visited Starbucks last week, I found that disposable eating utensils like paper plates, plastic knifes and forks were used even for eat-in. Below is my mail to them to query about it. I will report back if/ when they reply.
Hi, I am a regular customer of your your store on [location]. When I visited it last week, I found that disposable eating utensils like paper plates, plastic knifes and forks were used even for eat-in. If I remember correctly, Starbucks used to provide non-disposable ones.
- Why the change for the less environmental friendly option?
- Is it a temporary measure?
- Is it implemented in all stores in Hong Kong or just the [location]?
Thank you for your attention.
I'm well aware that in the grand scheme of things, all of this is unlikely to make a jot of difference on its own. But it's all about how I feel about myself - what kind of person would I be if I simply gave up and immersed myself in the kind of complacent profligacy that surrounds us all? Sorry if it sounds a bit pat, but I would much rather be part of the solution than part of the problem.
In addition, if I can demonstrate to my friends and neighbours that it's possible to live a sustainable life without being forced to wear any kind of hairshirt, then they're more likely to follow my example. They might save a few quid as well, and that's going to become ever more important.
What is it that heals? Is healing a power of the mind? Or of the heart? Or is healing by Divine grace?
There is no simple and direct answer. Illness is an interplay of forces. When healing is needed, it is because there is some sort of disorder in the physical body. The cause of the disorder can be of a variety of natures that we have to clearly investigate. The disorder may be a karmic condition. Or perhaps there are psychological difficulties that cause reflections or disorders in the body, which in time and under certain pressure can become real organic troubles. Sometimes we may make ourselves sick through wrong action or wrong food. Sometimes we simply neglect our bodies.
Remember that pain or illness is not a punishment. That is an over-simplification of our understanding of karma. Healing is a learning process. Sometimes it is an opportunity. You may have to begin with the Light of Understanding of the purpose of your life, of your present condition. Can you let that Light spread into other areas? Can you recognize the Light of compassion, or love? Ask yourself, What do I need to learn from my physical condition? What is the energy that created me in the first place? Where does life come from? Who am I? Healing is not a hit and miss affair as it seems to many people.
Healing is a situation where we meet ourselves. We meet ourselves.
To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive. - Bhagavad Gita