I was watching a child in a coffee shop eat a brownie today. He didn’t stuff it in his mouth absent mindedly, nor was he neat and perfect in his approach. But instead he examined the brownie, poked it, prodded it, smelled it, and enjoyed it! He put it down, picked it up, and truly was experiencing it all while looking and staring around the room in wonder, looking at all the colors on the wall, the books and games on the shelf, and really taking in his environment. Then he started to dunk the brownie in his hot chocolate… which made me laugh out loud.
Children can be such masters of the moment!
We “learn” so much that many times we forget about the moment and can find ourselves caught up in the illusion of the past or the future. Actually sometimes it’s hard to be in the moment at all, even for a moment.
When was the last time you were washing your hands after preparing a raw meal that you took the time to listen to the water splash against your hands? Were you standing up straight with good posture or were you slumped over the sink? Did you get lost staring in the water and just wonder at the beauty of it all?
Or… were you thinking about washing up as fast as possible so you could eat the food you just made?
I have been trying to work on this lately and find that it can be trickier to do than one might think. Not that it’s a tough thing which requires lots of concentration or strenuous effort, but rather it’s all about letting go, being in the NOW, because that is all there ever is anyway. Moving from operating from the mind, which likes to trick us out of the present, to being the observer that does not judge or condemn, but only loves, and is in the here now.
I’ve received many emails and comments on different raw food boards about people going on and off raw, slipping up occasionally, and struggling with guilt and self-love. My answer to this is “what does it mean to slip up.” Most people know the famous quote from Thomas Edison regarding the light bulb:
The story goes that “Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb”. When asked about it, Edison allegedly said, “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.”
If you decide to eat steamed vegetables, a baked potato, or even a slice of pizza… you didn’t slip up, you made a choice. Once that food has been eaten you can never go back to change or re-arrange that, that moment is over. Your guilt will not change anything. In the words of Dr. Wayne Dyer, it’s just as over as the Peloponnesian War. Do you feel guilty about that? No, then why do you feel guilty about the pizza? That moment is over.
Once we see everything as a choice and not as “good or bad,” or “right or wrong,” we start to release guilt, fear, and condemnation about our choices and life becomes so much more enjoyable. This Raw Food lifestyle is about liberation, not judgment, self or others.
So I encourage you to be kind to yourself, love yourself, and be free from judgment and guilt. If you decide to eat that slice of pizza then enjoy it with all your heart. If I were going to eat it I would affirm that it has all the nutrients and vitamins my body needs, and that it is healthy and healing for me. Then I would enjoy it with gusto.
And if that is a challenge for you to believe, well, be in the moment!
All my love!
Philip : )
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle