Please note: this really is not an article about food or food addiction.
A friend shared with me that the thoughts she constantly thinks are largely about food. I can relate, though thinking about food is only one of a variety of matters I allow to occupy my thinking.
My thoughts about food show up in a variety of ways. These include thinking about what I need to buy at the store as well as my initial planning of when I’ll go. Many times, I think I’ll go first thing in the morning. If I don’t go when I plan to, my thoughts are about when I’ll go later. I may do this repeatedly during the day, pushing my “go time” out later in the day. Frequently, this proverbial trip to the store gets pushed further out, sometimes into the next day. I sometimes do this for a few days as I repeatedly realize I really don’t have to go “today” since I have something in the house I can eat. Even so, my mind has been preoccupied with thoughts of planning the trip off and on during this time.
My plan to go after work is oftentimes futile planning as well. Thoughts about food also include what I’ll make for a meal, prepare for lunch, or eat as a snack. Food cravings is another category in itself.
Many times, my trip to the store doesn’t require much planning at all. Like so many daily chores, in the end, I simply go when I go. I do them when I do them. One thing I love is when the doing just happens, and in that, I often experience an ease or a flow in the doing. I like this much better than the “forced” planning that sounds like “I’ve got to get to the store”, clean the garage, call a friend and so on. And yes, of course, If I’m planning to fly to Wisconsin to visit family, I will secure a flight and arrange for someone to pick me up. If I want to visit with you, I’ll call to set that up as well.
Too often these thoughts waste my time and energy and distract me from myself and the present moment. They keep me from more useful thoughts, and they keep me from the stillness. When we become still, we can have an awareness beyond our physical self. In the stillness is our awareness of God and of God’s love.
Residing in the stillness is the subject of popular books including, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” (Eckhart Tolle), “The Thunder of Silence” (Joel Goldsmith) and “The Power of Silence” (Carlos Castaneda). In the experience of the still mind is peace, our certain guidance and all of creation.
We know that such a focus requires determination; a decision we repeat throughout the day to bring our minds back to the silence. It’s a radical choice to do so when we consider how opposed it is to our upbringing, the distractions of the world, the seeming value of multi-tasking and the laws that guide the lives of average humanity.
I share with you something I heard on the evening news when Oprah Winfrey gave the commencement speech at Colorado College in May. The small liberal arts college in Colorado Springs awarded 590 undergraduate degrees.
Winfrey quoted black activist Angela Davis, who said: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically change the world. And you have to do it all the time.”
Winfrey says: “Change doesn’t happen with big breakthroughs so much as day-to-day decisions. All you need is a little willingness to doubt the reality of the world you see, and creation will rise joyously in you until the glory of Heaven is all you see.”