Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care
Posted on 11/24/2013 @ 11:50 AM
There’s something I’ve noticed as I practice mindful eating, and as I ask myself the questions, “What do I want? What do I need? What do I have?”
I’ve observed that I desire higher quality foods, which I savor more, and which satisfy me longer. When I’m not influenced by food rules and lists of good and bad foods, I tend to treat myself a little more special, and reap the warm, self-affirming feelings that come with that special treatment.
I’d recited diet rules in my head for so many years when deciding what to eat that it didn’t matter whether I chose to follow them or not. They sapped some measure of pleasure out of almost every meal, either because I wasn’t really eating what I wanted, or because I was feeling guilty when I did.
It is a joy to reacquaint myself with my true food preferences and give myself permission to honor them.
Acknowledging this, I’d like to share this lovely poem by Derek Walcott which so beautifully articulates the experience of reconnecting with, and embracing, ourselves and our lives. I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I do.
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.