CREDOS: Feeding myself — III

Halé Sofia Schatz

Let’s estimate that on average people feed themselves something to eat or drink 15 times a day. Over a period of ten years this translates to 54,750 opportunities to turn your attention inward and become aware of yourself.

What other activity provides us with this number of chances? Not everyone meditates, or prays, or does Tai Chi. But feeding ourselves is something we all do. Maybe you’ve eaten greasy cheeseburgers, French fries, and Coke your whole life. That’s okay. It takes only one instance of consciously feeding yourself to begin the incredible journey of transformational nourishment.

We’re all heard the expression “you are what you eat.” But what does this really mean? “You are what you eat” focuses only on the after-effects of food in your body. In working with food and consciousness, I’ve discovered a subtle nuance to this familiar expression; that is, people eat what they are. If you’re stressed out all the time, chances are you’re feeding yourself stressed-out, quick-grab foods with little vital nourishment.

When we shift our way of thinking from “you are what you eat” to “you eat what you are,” we see that the latter involves awareness. If we believe that we are spiritual beings, then we’re more likely to seek out the nourishing foods that feed the shining life force that already exists within us.

Use this simple statement as a gentle reminded to feed yourself life-affirming foods, because you are life.