Are you tired of fighting with food? Tired of struggling over what to eat? Tired of fretting over whether you will have to suffer the consequences for your meal in the hours and days to come? Christian Science offers solutions that can transform your dinner table from a battlefield to a safe haven. And it all starts with a few simple words: "Take no thought what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink...Seek ye first the kingdom of God; and all these shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:27-28)
When Christ Jesus said "Take no thought," this was not evasion. This was practical spirituality. He was making an unqualified statement about the value of seeking out Spirit and spirituality to meet human needs.
In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is defined as "the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.”
Things really took off in the comments on Part 1 of the series, "Getting a handle on what we eat", over the weekend. The post delved into some common food concerns and the healing response of seeking harmony and balance by engaging with God's goodness and our spirituality at mealtime.
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.
“Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth and wipeth her mouth and saith, I have done no wickedness.” Proverbs 30:20
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy devotes a lot of attention to food and our relationship with it. I don’t think other conditions get quite as much attention in the book as do food-related problems, except maybe tuberculosis (referred to as consumption).
Christ Jesus gave the subject a good airing in the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “Take no thought... saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink?” (Matthew 6:31)
How many of us have used those words as a justification for overindulging, under-eating, or making unbalanced food choices?
After I posted the blog on “A kinder, gentler approach to the body” on October 25th, one reader asked whether the same approach – recognizing that the human body is obedient to thought and being mindful of what we allow to influence us - would relate to questions of food. The short answer is, Yes. The long answer is perhaps more involved, because food beliefs and food behaviors tend to be entangled with almost every aspect of daily living – touching questions of health, desire, appetite, body image, self-esteem, emotions, memories, life and death. It is a subject that can be addressed from many angles and may be best approached in bite sized blogs!
When I was training to run a marathon, the question of how to think about food came up, but it was never a stand-alone issue. What and how much to eat tended to be wrapped around other things, like energy, endurance, speed, digestion and weight. I read loads of articles and books on running, each with its own angle when it came to food. Interestingly, there was no cookie cutter approach to eating and running. Consequently, I decided to be an independent thinker on issues of food and body. I felt free to find my own way...
One afternoon I was rooting around the kitchen for a snack and discovered my husband's secret stash of Oreo cookies. There was a reason he had hidden them. I had a tendency to eat up all the goodies before he could have any. So when I found them, I was kind of mad. I took six of them and popped them in my mouth, one after the other, thinking, "There! Serves you right for trying to hide cookies from me!"
Well, the next thing you know, my husband's car pulled into the driveway. I was horrified. You know Oreo cookies. They have a distinct smell and are a little dusty to eat. So there I was - reeking of chocolate and a real mess - thinking, "Oh, God, I am caught. Please help me!"
It wasn't my best prayer. But it was the best I could come up with under the circumstances...
I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no