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Part of my journey for the past few years is the quest for freedom.  Freedom in all things–relationships, food choices, spirituality, artistry, personality.  My life changed when I realized I was free to be who I wanted–free to love myself as is and also free to work at making changes that disrupted the freedom process. What naturally ended up happening with my diet changes was a process that looked (and looks still) like this:

1. When you set goals for yourself, you begin to ask yourself questions. “Will this serve me? Am I honoring my body with this decision?”  It naturally becomes easier to make the choice that honors your commitment to yourself.

2. As you become comfortable navigating the process of honoring yourself, your diet becomes well-balanced for you and satisfying, which means that you automatically self-regulate and moderation is not an issue.

3. My favorite part, from this interview with Rebecca Wood–something that naturally happens, and she describes it beautifully: “When your overall diet is sound and you’re doing your homework (in terms of developing unconditional friendliness to yourself and others) then occasional indiscretions are not problematic.” YES. I love ice cream. I don’t eat it every day, but I also don’t work up to “deserving it”–I just eat it when I want to. And that is the goal–freedom!

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[Rebecca Wood on the what being “well-nourished” means to her: “When a meal utterly satisfies you it meets your energetic and health needs and is pleasurable. You can attain this with every meal. It’s doable. Just imagine how much more ease, health and pleasure our whole society would enjoy if this were so. The way to start this fork revolution is with your next meal.”]

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“I moved on because I had to, because pain gets heavy when you carry it far from its source, like a bucket of water hauled miles from a stream–it acquires a whole new value, which is the sum of its primary essence and your secondary investment.”

from Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann

Worth thinking about–the weight of sorrow is equal to the initial pain plus the effort of having to carry it. In what ways could we seek freedom by sorting through things that no longer serve us?

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