So many of us have had the thought “I have no idea what to eat!” or “I need to make sure food will be where I’m going that I can eat!”
We feel lost, confused, full of analysis.
We have to read about “the plan” or understand “the diet” and have someone tell us what to avoid, what to add, what to never eat, what to always eat. Maybe we take books and calculations with us everywhere, so we can look up whether something is “allowed” or not.
Then we plan and manage food, and take food with us on trips when we travel, even if there’s plenty of food where we’re going.
Not that there’s anything wrong with finding structure and balance that’s peaceful and supportive. Education is sometimes amazing for this. Asking questions is also helpful, when you have them.
(I’ve worked with many people who follow a food plan for awhile in order to learn normal portions, comfortable ways of eating, balanced amounts and types of foods).
But what if you had a built-in compass that could support you in a balanced way with what you eat?
Well, you do.
It’s not in the mind.
Which is tricky, because the mind gets so loud and brash, it appears to override our experiences and take over everything….including (it seems) our contact with the wisdom in our own bodies.
Yet, the mind never kills off our access to the body.
In the body has an inner compass or refined measuring mechanism that is through the felt senses. We feel “enough” or we feel “too much” when it comes to eating and foods.
How do you find connection with this built-in compass you already have, since the day you were born?
We don’t follow the impulses of the mind or emotion so quickly. We question “I need to eat that immediately” or “I need to eat x to be happy” or “I need to NOT eat x to be happy”.
Who would you be without your story about what’s going on around you?
What if it wasn’t frightening to be without a thought or story about what’s going on with food, eating or your weight?
What if it was peaceful, relaxed, and natural instead?
If you’d like to come experience what it’s like to question your thoughts, in a loving, kind, supportive environment so you tap into what’s happening in the mind, what’s happening in your emotions, what’s happening in your body….
….then join me at Eating Peace Retreat 2019. We begin Weds evening 7 pm on January 9th and end Monday morning 11:00 am on January 14th.
You may experience the relief of discovering your inner compass that you thought didn’t exist anymore. The one that you can hear again that says “enough” or “done” and the one that says “let’s eat” with joy and freedom!
When we pay attention to the body, we’re attuned with the natural flow of What Is, not grabbing for concepts about foods and eating and bodies that really are not true–or are only ideas in the mind.
If you are not able to come to retreat to experience the joy of questioning stressful thoughts and eating in peace, then enjoy this guided meal meditation right here.
You can do this. If you’re wondering whether or not you can, remember it’s a process, a practice. You can question that you don’t have what it takes.
Is it true? No.
You can find trust, balance and joy in the flow of eating where no kind of food is evil, poisonous and frightening, and you get to notice what works for you and what doesn’t, without shame, fear or control.
You were born this way. You can return to it.
If I can, so can you.
“The most peace I have ever felt in my life with food was at the Eating Peace Retreat.” ~ participant