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.