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Prospective Immigrants Please Note

Either you will
go through this door
or you will not go through.

If you go through
there is always the risk
of remembering your name.

Things look at you doubly
and you must look back
and let them happen.

If you do not go through
it is possible
to live worthily

to maintain your attitudes
to hold your position
to die bravely

but much will blind you,
much will evade you,
at what cost who knows?

The door itself makes no promises.
It is only a door.

-Adrienne Rich

“The practice of peacemaking begins in our own bodies. It begins in our digestive system, the way we prepare food, the way we grow food, the way we consume food. And we begin peacemaking by healing that process that is so disorganized in our culture, so that food becomes something nourishing and valuable and something to rejoice in.”  {Michael Stone}

I am knee deep in Haruki Murakami’s new novel 1Q84 and I found this passage about eating well and listening to your body.  Though I am missing any reference that eating is (can/should be) a pleasurable thing, I appreciate his view:

“Aomame devoted a great deal of attention to her daily diet. Vegetarian dishes were central to the meals she prepared for herself, to which she added seafood, mostly white fish. An occasional piece of chicken was about all the meat she would eat. She chose only fresh ingredients and kept seasonings to a minimum, rejecting high-fat ingredients entirely and keeping her intake of carbohydrates low. Salads she would eat with a touch of olive oil, salt, and lemon juice, never dressings. She did not just eat a lot of vegetables, she also studied their nutritional elements in detail and made sure she was eating a well-balanced selection. She fashioned her own original menus and shared them with sports club members when asked. ‘Forget about counting calories,’ she would always advise them. ‘Once you develop a knack for choosing the proper ingredients and eating in moderation, you don’t have to pay attention to numbers.’

This is not to say she clung obsessively to her ascetic menus. If she felt a strong desire for meat, she would pop into a restaurant and order a thick steak or lamb chops. She believed that an unbearable desire for a particular food meant that the body was sending signals for something it truly needed, and she would follow the call of nature.”