Let’s talk about food. Several times a day all of us reach out for nourishment. We take food, put it in our mouths and chew it up. What we eat becomes who we are.
How do you choose to eat the things that you eat?
Is it because that’s what’s there? Someone put it in front of you, or it’s what’s left in the fridge. You really don’t think about it that much.
Do you eat what some expert has told you to eat? More whole grains, more vegetables, less fat. The right diet for your blood type, … Or do you rebel against the word of the experts because they feel restrictive?
Is it the packaging that appeals to you? The popular new restaurant, the fancy box on the super market shelf, or the newest miracle food.
Or is there something deeper compelling you to eat? a craving or compulsion a desire for something delicious, familiar, satisfying.
But really, what is the purpose of eating anyway? I say it is to nourish the body with foods that allow us to think, move, feel the beauty of life. Does that resonate?
When was the last time you asked your body what it wants to eat? and were you able to hear what it had to say?
I am amazed at how hard it can be to take the time to slow down, tune in and choose food that is truly feeding me. But when I do, it is amazing.
I feel alive and connected with the world. I am satisfied with a much smaller portion of food. And afterwards I am relaxed, focused and have energy to really get my work done.
I invite you to try it. The next time you get ready to make food take 2 minutes.
- Sit somewhere comfortable and close your eyes
- Feel the air moving in and out of your body
- Watch your belly rise and fall
- Notice your feet connected to the earth
- Expand your awareness to the sky above you
- Smile to your heart and your belly
- Ask your belly: “what is it that you most want right now?”
- Then simply listen
- You may receive a feeling or a picture or a word. Whatever it is, even if it doesn’t make sense, let it in.
- Then ask, “what action can I take right now to fullfil that?”
- Thank your belly for being willing to share it’s wisdom.
When you are ready, open your eyes. Notice how you feel. Then make your food and eat it with gratitude.
Let me know how it goes.