the everyday mindful eating blog

That January feeling - meeting it mindfully

However you are feeling today, be it full, tired, bloated, guilty, rested, unhealthy, reticent or raring to go, just know that this feeling with pass in its own time and be replaced by some another feeling.  One of the wonders of being human.

Maybe you’re not feeling great about how you’ve looked after yourself over last few weeks.  Maybe you’re full of vim and vigour to eat healthily and exercise in 2014.  Whichever it is, this is just how you’re feeling now.  So no need to be critical or embark on a strict regime of cabbages or lemons.  Come next week, all will feel different again.

winter berries

Start simply and start gently.  Invite your mind and body back into collaboration with each other.  Ask your stomach what it would like to eat, and then ask it (kindly) how much it would like to have.  

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

From Mary Oliver, Wild Geese.
Not the full poem, just the bit that rings true for me today