Why food? What’s the big deal?
Obviously, I have a thing for lemons. But really, it is what they symbolize that gets me all excited, not just the fruit itself.
Food is every day. Every day! You have to think about it, shop for it, plan it, prepare it, cook it, ingest it, decide how you feel about it…
So it is the perfect arena to practice joy.
A lemon is bright, enticing, and lively, like I mentioned in my blog post. But there are endless foods with similar hypnotic characteristics.
When I’m feeling sad or withdrawn, I like spicy foods – phew! they will open up your mind to a much more positive attitude at the very first bite! If it’s a sleepy morning, I take great comfort in a warm bowl of cereal that I can nuzzle up next to. If I’m feeling jazzy, I accept that as an invitation to experiment. New foods in the produce aisle? Let’s try it! What do scallops and ginger taste like? We’re about to find out, folks!
You are with food every day. So the more joy you can derive from that interaction, the more your brain will be in a habit of going towards joy. It doesn’t have to be food. It can be music, or nature, or reading good books, or…anything that you cross paths with every day.
Obviously for me, it is food. My heart is in food; that is where my joy stems from. In the near future, I will go more into my personal history with food, all the way back to the original immigrants in my family!
But for today, I wish you joy. I want you to approach food lovingly, and let it love you right back. It is not the enemy, and neither are you. We are all just here, every day, with an opportunity to relish the moment that we have been given.
Go ahead and plan your next trip to Cancun or your next skydiving adventure – I’m sure you will get a lot out of that. But in the meantime, don’t forget that joy is all around you, from the moment you open your eyes all the way into tomorrow.
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