Sue said, "I must confess to not having noticed the extent to which Mrs Eddy deals with this [food issues]." Kathleen highlighted, "I love what you wrote here: 'I think Jesus begs the question, “Are you willing to stay awake to spiritual identification long enough to carry it into your daily routine?'" Tamara asked, "What does it mean enjoying something in a spiritual perspective?" This opened the discussion wide to all sorts of inspiration from Kim :" I love the idea of harmony and balance in eating" - and from Béatrice: "I think I got it! It's about 'seeking first the kingdom of God'!! :-)"
That just gives you a tiny taste. Check out the original post to see more. Thank you to everyone who wrote in and helped take the subject deeper. Today's post considers what constitutes a healthy relationship with food and offers practical tips.
In the Glossary of Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy gives three definitions for KINGDOM OF HEAVEN that shed some light on the kingdom of God that Jesus was referring to. I discussed the first in Part 1.
The 2nd definition is “the realm of unerring, eternal and omnipotent Mind.” As the expression of unerring Mind, we do not need to punish ourselves to repair what we perceive to be mistakes made in the past relating to food. We can have a healthy relationship with food right now.
Seeking the kingdom of heaven, the realm of unerring Mind, right now, we can stop obsessing over mistakes and start expressing a natural alertness to what is good.
Stay conscious to what you are eating and why. Mindlessness while eating, unconscious gnawing, is sensualism indulged. Lack of interest in eating or punishing diet rituals indicate a lack of awareness and appreciation for the opportunity to express spirituality at the dinner table.
- Say grace. That is, pray before and during your meal. Do it, audibly, silently, whatever works for you.
- Thank the cook. Ever notice how good things taste when someone else prepares them? Its not the food. It is the gratitude! Even if you are the preparer of your own food, thank the cook.
- Engage in conscious gratitude with each bite. Mary Baker Eddy once said, "[I]t is God that feedeth the hungry heart, that giveth grace for grace..." (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 322)
Are you critical of yourself? Are you critical of what you are eating? Do you ignore yourself and your surroundings? Are you sleeping through your meal? Try saying thank you. Gratitude keeps you conscious.
The Psalmist said, "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the
hungry soul with goodness. "(107:8,9)
We deal with this subject of food at least 3 times a day, everyday, if not more.So lets not make our relationship with food a curse. It shouldn't be allowed to distract us from our real job of reflecting and experiencing the kingdom of heaven - the unerring, eternal and omnipotent Mind that is God!
Check out the interesting discussion below and then go to Part 3 of the series.