As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where and how I would behave.
With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior.
~Dan Millman

Friday, February 23, 2007


Consuming To Heal
Filling Imaginary Voids

In our culture today, we are constantly encouraged to consume. This includes food as well as purchasing ever newer items that we may not need, often using money that we may not actually have.

It could be that we are trying to fill a void we feel within ourselves, but if we take the time to examine it, we know deep inside that this is not the solution. We may notice how quickly the joy fades after our purchase or once the food we've enjoyed is gone, and how soon we feel the urge to do so again. This is a symptom of disconnection from our true selves, so the first step toward balance is connection to our center.


When we connect to our center, we access the fullness of who we are as an individual spirit. We also connect to the energy source of the universe, from which nothing can be lacking. It could be that we have been energetically starving ourselves but trying to feed the need physically, outwardly. Once we make the decision to reconnect, we have the ability to examine the behavior. We can look, without judgment, at the thoughts and feelings that occur before and after our indulgences to find a pattern. We may want to keep track of these observations in a journal so that we can go back if we lose our way.

Often boredom is the main cause for the desire to eat or shop. We just might find that we are stuck in mediocrity...But when we connect to our center, our intuition can more clearly guide us to the places where our energy can best be used. We can replace the boredom with a prayer, meditation practice, a class, a project, seeking a new job, or getting involved in a charity.


Whatever inspires us tells us the direction we should go. When we find the place we are meant to be, we become so consumed by its constant creation that the frivolous filling of an imaginary void becomes a thing of the past.

Finding inspiration today ~j

2 comments:

Kelly S. said...

~j
I'm reading this post over and over again. The words really hit home, especially this week. Thanks so much (again) for the uplifting words and all the great information on your site.
Take care!
Kelly :)

jgirl said...

Hi Kelly! Thanks for the words of support :-)

Take care too and your awareness and process of searching is just awesome. Your little one is going to benefit more than you can even imagine!! ~j