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Wake up A recent article by Elizabeth Debold takes a deep look at the ironic fruits of woman’s liberation. As she probes the question, What Do Women Want? Again… it is brought to our attention that woman’s liberation has not, surprisingly, been met with the kind of radical, freeing, burst of joy as expected. Rather it’s taken the opposite toll: Women are actually more unhappy now than they were pre-liberation. Elizabeth presents some outstanding questions, that if we are interested in changing our situation (and not just the situation of women, but the entire situation of the world) we need to inquire them very seriously. Everyone is well aware of the critical times we’re living in, but it seems like a brave few are pulling the heavy many. We’re standing on the front lines of a revolution and half of our species appears to be lost. We’re in the midst of a war against contraction. We’re not only battling against global warming, and economical and healthcare downfalls, but the against the constricting vortex of fear, desire, inertia and ego that birthed many, if not all, of our current woes. What’s worse, we appear to be flirting with the enemy rather than giving it the bullet to the head it deserves. If we can’t even see what we’re fighting against, how can we expect to see what we’re fighting for?

The purpose of EFE (Eating for Evolution) is to fuel cultures burning transformation by changing the way we think and relate to food and eating. As it has been said for ages, how you do anything is how you do everything. When we really look into this, peer into our lives and honestly examine what is going on, we see that the choices we make around food and how we relate to it is a direct reflection of the other choices we make and how we relate to life. We find that indeed nothing is separate. If we continue to relate to food from the position of fear or frustration, reducing food to a dress size or image to fill, then we continue to “flirt with the enemy,” by which I mean we continue to feed inertia, handicap our potential, and disgrace not only our gender, but the human race. Wanting to have a fit body is not a bad thing, the problem comes when it becomes our sole motivator, when we become blinded to bigger, much more important, issues at hand.

However, that isn’t to say it is all fixed. We can, in any moment, choose to participate in the greatest, grandest Purpose of all. We just have to pay attention, because the sneaky thing about this war is that it isn’t visible, at least not in the sense that we’re use to. It isn’t like a physical war for freedom. There are no marches, no arrests. There are no radical protesters, women breaking out of the social norm standing on the streets raising their voices to echo the passion in their hearts. No, this is a silent war that challenges us to live deeper, meaningful, radically purposeful lives. Without the cultivation of greater depth we are like blind, weaponless soldiers standing in the middle of the battle field.

Women of today, where are we? It’s time to open our eyes sleeping beauties. There’s a war going on and we’re all desperately needed.

Amber

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What I experience with myself and with my patients is that we can have a cognitive recognition that this is true (what we eat affects not just us, but the “whole.”). But we don’t necessarily line our actions up with the fact that we believe this. So, either we don’t really believe, or we just don’t care enough. I think there is probably some truth to both of those.

So the question is, how do we take that on? “That” being our deeply, conditioned cynicism and our blinding ambivalence. You have to look into your own experience to see that these core beliefs/values are actually true about ourselves and the culture in which we live. So how do we change that?!

These are darn serious questions that encompass not just our relationship to food, but also our relationship to life. They will not be answered within this post. But we can begin to create awareness around them, and one way that we can do this is through a thoughtful inquiry into something that we are all quite intimate with… eating!

A good and practical place to start is by paying attention. Simply start paying attention to what you put in your mouth. “Listen” and find out if what you consume is helping to fuel not just your body, but also the conscious awareness that makes up the deepest aspect of who you are. If you really want to know the answer, I have no doubt that you will gain insight.

Once you start paying attention on this level, you will begin to see how food powerfully affects your conscious, and in turn has impact on the “whole.”

Tiffany

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The first step in the process of conscious change is having a desire to do so. This desire, this sincere questioning for the purpose of growth, has the ability to open portals to deeper and higher dimensions of being.

What does my relationship to food reflect? It does indeed act as a mirror for my/our core beliefs and values. How I eat is not separate from how I live.

What would it look like if I were eating in a way that supported my “inner” work as primary, knowing that my outer being (and the “outer” world for that matter) is an emanation of this?

What happens if I honor the wisdom gained from listening to something more than what my mind is saying when choosing what to eat?

What happens when what I eat is actually a reflection of what I profess my core values to be? Do they line up? This is a matter of integrity.

What happens when I put my attention on something other than my momentary perception of comfort?

What happens in my body/mind when I eat ______?

Do I pay attention to what I put in my mouth? What happens when I do, and when I don’t? How is this a real time reflection of my capacity to pay attention to and engage in a meaningful way with life?

What are my intentions?

This last one may seem general and not necessarily related to what or how I eat, but it has been becoming clearer and clearer to me that my intentions in regards to food, are a reflection of, nothing less than, my life intentions.

What is worth looking carefully into is this: The mind’s functioning is greatly effected by what you eat. Your capacity for intentionality is affected by the mind. So where does this leave us: Both intentionality and eating are means of expressing and manifesting who you are, and their interaction with each other is profoundly intimate.

As we move forward in life, with the genuine desire to help make the world a better place, to transform the very culture that we are growing in, it is of utmost importance that we consciously cultivate clarity. If we truly want to see, then an excellent place to start is by looking into the mirror of what and how we eat. Through this we will learn to see ourselves with insightful subtlety.

This practice serves to further fuel clarity of intention in life, and simultaneously our intentions influence what choices we make with food. And as we choose for integrity, in the moment, what is realized is that this could never be just about me, you, or one individual. It is literally affecting the Whole.

To clarity!

Tiffany

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