Back to Guanyin....
She embodies compassion. A trait that I long to possess fully. Don't get me wrong, I possess a level of compassion; for the starving children in Africa, our struggling political system, and the state of food regulations...among others...
But the reason for Gaunyin for me... is the reminder to have compassion and grace for myself. Seeing her reminds me to ask...
Where am I practicing compassion for myself today?
A weakness of mine is to think I am not enough. Not smart enough, not efficient enough, not thin enough, the list goes on and on...so this idea of grace and compassion is something I have to constantly check myself on, because let's face it, WE ARE ALL ENOUGH, JUST AS WE ARE! .
One of the biggest ways I think a lack of compassion for one's self manifests is the way we nourish ourselves. I hear so many people talk about how they "aren't allowed" to eat this or that. They don't allow themselves to enjoy something unless they have "earned" it. Just so you know, the art on enjoyment is a basic function of our existence on this planet.
And then there are my clients that struggle to see that their weight issue stems from overeating. For many overeating is a sign of lack somewhere else in their life. It could be in a relationship, career, financial fears, or lack of self care than is causing them to inhale ding dongs late into the night.
The truth is, all of these behaviors stem from a lack of compassion for one's self.
Where do you need to offer yourself more compassion?
Do you need to put down the (enter your vice here...cupcake, glass of wine, office candy) and spend some time cooking a beautiful hearty meal for yourself?
Do you need to stop neglecting yourself thru (diet pills, denial of a food group, calorie restriction obsession)? When was the last time you actually enjoyed feeding yourself?
When was the last time you put thought, effort and love into the food you eat? said grace before a meal? heck, sat down at your dining room table and not in front of the TV mindlessly shoveling?
Have you thought much about where your food is coming from and the life it had before it ended up on your plate?
As my great inspirer Debbie Ford, once said,
We each have the capacity to give ourselves everything we need to be happy and whole. When we reconnect with our whole selves, it's virtually impossible to feel lonely, isolated, or left out. We need to find the universe within us, and learn how to love, honor, and respect that universe. Then we can accept the magnitude of ourselves. When we discover the magic of the world within, we stand in awe of ourselves. With that awe comes peace, satisfaction, and gratitude for our humanity." -from her book "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
Please feel free to leave a comment below, what are you going to do this week/end to show yourself compassion thru food? Don't be afraid to share this post with someone you love!
Hey, and let me know how it goes! What you made and who you enjoyed it with! I love hearing great food stories!