As I prepare for the next 7-week series of Yoga for Mindful Eating, I remember the last night of my last group. We shared intimately of ourselves. We shared in summary, in conclusion of the preparatory part of our journey.
That last night represented just the beginning of the continuation of the unfolding of desire (iccha) for a healthy relationship to food, married to the knowledge (jnana) of the structure of making appropriate choices that our body dictates, not some external diet book, and to the containment of Grace within, the outpouring of our inner love and beauty to the outside world (kriya, action). That night we began.
The next morning, as we rubbed the sleep from our eyes and groggily reached for coffee as we always do, something is different. ‘Oh, that’s right,’ we think. Today is the first day of the next part of the mindful eating journey! Eyes close and we embrace the earthy aroma of java, taste the lingering sweetness of the sugar, feel the creaminess of the cream in our mouth. Ah, so good. Beginner’s mind. Mindful awareness. Just this moment. No judgment.