There are two types of people in this world: Those who eat to live, and those who live to eat. Perhaps it’s my Italian bloodline, but I definitely fall into the latter group. Eating is perhaps my favorite thing about being in a physical body. Don’t get me wrong; sex is exquisite. But I eat much more often than I have sex. And when choosing your next meal of the day, you have so many options to choose from. Whereas my next sexual encounter will be with the same person as it was last time.
When I sit for a meal (for one must never stand whilst they eat, as if they have something better to be doing), I savor the flavors and textures. I am completely engrossed in the moment, and will not allow for any distractions. The phone goes unanswered. I am present. I am fully focused on the joy by body is experiencing. I do not take for granted that I have this physical body that allows me to experience this stimulation.
This life is very short. You may come back to earth with a different body and get to enjoy it’s many fascinating stimulants, but each human experience you have will be different. You may return to a different region or time, with different foods. Or you may choose a nonphysical form the next time around, and completely miss and yearn for the delights of the flesh. Don’t take these beautiful moments for granted.
I cannot eat absolutely anything under the sun as I used to (how I miss Cinnabon!). I have had to learn to listen to my body and practice discernment, choosing those things that nourish my mind, body, and soul. Blessing my food has become very important, and giving thanks. When I bless my food, I always send a blessing to everyone who helped bring this food to my table, including the person who made the table. After all, it took many people to get that food to you. Beyond the farmer and the hands in the fields, there is the person who drove the delivery truck to the grocer, the person who built the truck that hauled the food, the people who built the factories that built the truck, the HR manager that hired all the employees at your local grocery store…. The list goes on and on. But that one blessing has a large ripple effect. Millions of people had a hand in bringing you your three meals today. It can be seen as a beautiful symphony, each person playing their part to bring you this moment. And each one of those parts is so important to the whole. Expand your consciousness to see the beautiful interconnectivity.
Practice being present, aware, and alive. Bon A Petite!
Written by: Elizabeth DiPace
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