Begin to see yourself
as a soul with a body
rather than a body with a soul.
~ Wayne Dyer
~ Wayne Dyer
I do believe this is what's been happening to me this year, and especially this summer.
Since the age of 11 (which happened for me in 1962), I've focused on my imperfect body, struggling to change it, remake it, whittle it, improve it, even – at times – erase it.
To be honest, I still feel like that sometimes, wishing I looked different, better, thinner. But it's not driving my life these days and for that, I'm very grateful.
My epiphany may have started during the Obama presidential campaign, when my husband and I hosted several parties and I truly enjoyed preparing and eating fun food. It had been a very long time since I'd done that. I even served low-fat versions of traditional dishes during holiday meals, hoping no one would notice. And sugar? The stuff was banned from my pantry. I rarely ate sugar. For one five-year period in the 1990s, I abstained from sugar completely.
No more. It's true what 'they' say: A smaller portion of real food is more satisfying than a normal portion of fake food. A cereal-sized bowl of low-fat, sugar-free ice cream equals one scoop of the real thing. And here's a revelation: Watermelon tastes better than either version of ice cream.
Bottom line? I'm not afraid to eat any more. Oh, what a feeling!