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When To Start Eating Your Vegetables

When you realize that “real food” is the way to the new you, start slowly by eating vegetables. The payoff is incredible, and you’ll likely start loving a new life of a deeper passion.

You are not “just in the house.” You are not “just in your body.” You may be “just this room,” at home, in this place on this day. And your mind has a way (if we allow it) of making any thought of separation and separation from the here and now become the whole truth. Don’t fool yourself. Your body and the world around you are all moving on the same continuum. We all depend on the body and the mind to be working together. They are, indeed, connected. Your body, mind and spirit are moving together. And they are changing together. And if we are in touch with each other — and if we start with each other, not with ourselves — it will be the fastest and most productive way of changing.

I have done a lot of studying and writing in a little place on the border between mind and body. The body is full of things that are not always easy to see, and the mind, which we are in constant interaction with, is full of things that we don’t always notice, either because they are not there or because our mind has blocked them out (it can often be hard to catch things as they are happening, because our attention is often drawn away and to other thoughts or topics). Sometimes, just by putting more awareness of the body back in our lives, we can help it to become more awake, more aware.

One of the most important pieces of mind and body we have is our sense of self. What does our self really look like, and what are the areas in our psyche where we have become disconnected, or disconnected from what we really are? The Buddha said that we can learn all we ever know by sitting, in this way, with all that is being lived in the world around us. That is, we learn by listening carefully to what is being experienced every minute or every day.

We don’t “think” the way we are told to. What we do is “do.” As we become more aware of our own body and bodywork (which, by the way, is the same as sitting), we can see that we don’t think the way we are told to. We’re just as conscious and active as the rest of us. We can feel our hearts pounding, our breath changing, our breath coming in short, deep, regular pulses and out long, regular, deeper breaths. We can feel what it’s like to eat or to drink, to move and to breathe. All of this is occurring on a physical plane, and our senses are coming to life. Our mind is also moving, and that’s why, when we are feeling good, we don’t just “feel good;” we actually become something: we become a person. We gain a deeper sense of who we are.

Another thing we do not have to think about is breathing. We don’t need to think about it in our heads because we have so much sense of body and mind in our bodies. We don’t have to think about it in our brains because we have so much sense of mind there. Breathing is in the very center of what it means to be alive. But in our brains we are so busy talking, thinking, analyzing, reasoning — we are not in touch with our body. And that’s really scary, because if we go a few steps further (which I think we can) we understand that when our mind takes control of our body we are no longer being “loved.” That is, when we take control of our bodies and start controlling which things are done to them, then we give up the joy that comes when we are being loved. And that is what gives us real pleasure and happiness.

When we sit for five minutes to one hour, or for twenty-four hours, during which we are more fully attentive to what we are experiencing, we begin to feel at home in the mind, in the body and in the world. We learn to know things that we never thought about before. We develop our sense of inner balance and spiritual awareness. And we start to realize what love really is — the kind of happiness we really really want.

We are learning to sit to be present.