After practically inhaling lunch today it occurred to me there is significant gap between my actions and my insights. At least there was in the moment when I made the choice to eat quickly with my mind dwelling on other things not giving hardly any attention to the bites I was shoveling in my mouth. Upon noticing this my first response was “well, some days are just bound to be like this,” but after thinking about it a little more deeply I don’t think it should be written off so quickly.
What I am seeing more into now is how closely linked our eating behavior is related to our emotional state. Not an incredibly new insight I know, but the edge I’m interested in is not only how the two relate to each other in the moment of eating, but beyond it. Let me clarify- most of the time when we hear/talk about emotions and eating it’s in the context of eating when you’re emotionally calm so you feel better/improve digestions/etc. From personal experience I can see the importance of this. But I can also see that the motivation is limited to a “do this to feel better,” or “fix it” mentality and the end result is seen as a purely physical one. As I'm becoming more interested in the health of consciousness than just my body, it makes me consider the other end of the equation- emotions. What if we cultivate a stable, non-attached, relationship with our emotions first? The motivation would be significantly different and the end result would far exceed the confines of the body.
So, if I were to put this new insight into practice rather than just abandon it here on this post what would it look like? I imagine it would look something like a cloud clearing over the sun, freeing it so it can fulfill its purpose of nourishing the earth with its rays.