I want to speak on the topic of avoiding pain and the many ways we try to bypass tension, anxiety, anger, sadness, fatigue or any other unpleasant feeling that arises in our day to day reality.
I have learned in the last year that eating clean living foods serves as a vehicle to move you through discomfort in order to feel, process and let it go. Although you may feel really great and energetic 80% of the time while living this lifestyle- there will always be sticking points… because the reality is, we all have wounds.
WE ALL HAVE PAIN THAT WANTS TO BE FELT AND RELEASED. And as long as were on this planet, having experiences- we will continue to have energy that wants to be cleared out. Healing is a never ending process. Some of us have bigger blocks in our energy field that want to be processed more sooner then later. Maybe childhood experiences that created false beliefs or nuero pathways in our brain that are creating a schism in our day to day flow.
I have noticed that eating a diet that consists of whole fruits, juices, smoothies and salads and maybe the occasional steamed veggies- in other words eating for optimum health, energy and detoxification- and not purely for taste- can become a vehicle for confronting our emotional and mental blockages that prevent us from meeting our full potential in this life. What are some of the obvious ways humans avoid pain? Drugs (legal and illegal), alcohol, porn, T.V, video games, stimulating food, exercise and/or avoiding exercise, sex addiction, facebooking, excessive shopping. These are all sedative/numbing out process's or process's of emerging so deeply into something that you can successfully avoid or distract yourself from whatever is bothering you. This isn't a complete list of all the ways we humans have managed to distract ourselves from pain and some of these habits are clearly worse then others. Not all of them have to be an avoidance mechanism- it just depends on who is doing them, how and what for. For example exercise can be a very healthy habit to move out stagnant energy but it can also be an avoidance mechanism. Some people get addicted to running, exercise, lifting weights especially if they have so much stress in their personal life that they push their body until they don't feel a thing. I have the opposite problem, I avoid physical pain or stress in my body so I somehow manage to avoid exercise because I associate it with challenge and difficulty. (I'm working on that.)
When I began eating this way I also dropped some of my other destructive choices such as drinking alcohol, smoking weed, consumerism, and I had stopped watching T.V years ago. Now, when I have low points or feelings of hopelessness or pain, I have no real outlet to numb myself out. In the past I may have smoked some weed to put myself at ease or decide to go out that night and get a drink with friends. Or I may decide, God I am really craving super spicy Thai food, I am gonna get some take-out. I'm not saying that I was out of control with destructive patterns of overeating and substance abuse. But I did manage to avoid many feelings without realizing it for quite some time. For someone like me who has always made it a priority to live in a way where I feel I am constantly evolving as a human, this discovery means a lot to me.
This is why choosing living foods on a day to day basis- although challenging at times, is very valuable. Yes, there are times to ease up and be gentle with yourself, but there are also times when I recognize that eating certain foods that I am craving actually won't make me feel better-- that those cravings are there because I am stressed out and I am seeking a way out through sensory pleasures. And most likely I will feel worse about myself after I am done eating.
I really wanted to share my insight on this subject because I find it so useful during this time in our evolution as a planet. The western world has a lot of power to influence and create a better planet, but most of us our so stuck in self-destructive patterns and distracted with different mechanisms of avoiding our own pain and emotional baggage- that we cannot evolve into the highest potential of ourselves. We are all doing our best and slowly but surely we are making progress. But time is speeding up and the time is now for us to do away with whatever we hold onto that isn't serving our path so we can claim our power. This is the time to get into a place where we can optimally direct our energies to whatever cause we feel in our hearts is the most important to our growth and the growth of the people around us and the planet.
We don't need any more successful business men on this planet. What we need is more healers. We need more truth seekers. More then anything, we need more people living in their joy and bliss and fulfilling their divine purpose here on this planet. Health of the physical body is one spoke on the wheel of wellness and it cannot be ignored if you want to be living your highest potential. Taking the time to understand which foods resonate highest with the human body is so beneficial to having a clear mind and optimum energy to walk your path here. I also have the understanding that as energetic beings we all have different paths and we are evolving and integrating different lessons simultaneously. So, there is no need to stress or push yourself into eating a certain way, you will cleanse the body when you are called to it. And when you are in alignment with that. JUst like I will start to really get this exercise thing down when I am in alignment with activating my physical strength. In the meantime I will work on it without beating myself up or punishing myself for not loving strenuous exercise.
Thanks for reading my rampant thoughts. Writing really helps me to organize my thoughts and ideas and hopefully it gave you something interesting to ponder as well. Much Love.