They say “you are what you eat” and I believe this. I believe that I consist of much of what I consume. I consume veggies…gratitude….beans….prayer…bread…self acceptance…chocolate….silence….tofu….turmoil…chips….friendships….rice…and more. I consume what is said on the tv news at night…what I read in books before I sleep…what is said in my office and in business meetings…what I learn in the classroom…I consume my dogs Kioko and Suki’s love and attention. I consume apples, oranges, and pears. I consume and recycle what has been said to me by family members in the past and in the present. I consume tamales, pizza, and curry dishes.
I consume self judgment, and criticism and judgment from others. I consume respect, trust and love from others.
Much of what I consume can nourish and sustain me. Some of what I take in is just not the best thing for me emotionally or physically. Knowing what I consume brings me to further understanding on the importance of holding it gently and not grasping on to anything with too tight a grip. Mindfulness practice allows me to recognize this with less judgment. My own judgment and self criticism has crippled me in so many ways in my life and really can interfere with my ability to fully digest the good that I consume. It can prevent me from receiving and giving on deeper levels. Mindfulness gives me a tool for balance and awareness about “what I eat” and supports me on a path for further awareness on sustainability…self care…service to others…living my life as prayer.