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.
On food, Jesus counseled, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
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.
In all cases, gratitude can keep us alert to what we are doing with food, and why.
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.
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