2017 has been a big year for me and IEWIN. Here are some of my learnings…
1. I’m most able to be present to my food when I’m in a low-tech, low stimulation environment
I spent the first 3 months of 2017 travelling in Ecuador, two months of which I was living in San Cristobal, in the Galapagos. Here, I had no TV. No posters or adverts. No supermarkets. Minimal internet connectivity. Limited food options. The lack of choice was deeply soothing. And without the constant invitation to CONSUME CONSUME CONSUME my brain shifted into a different gear. It took a while to adjust, as I experienced a lot of resistance to this low-stimulation environment. I questioned what the point of it all was. Shouldn’t I be doing, getting, achieving, contributing somehow? I was not accustomed to the gentle flow of island life, unplanned and without an agenda. Spending my days swimming, reading, resting and teaching one hour of yoga didn’t seem enough. I felt deep crave and deep dissatisfaction, despite the beauty all around me.
Then something shifted. I moved through this phase, and I began to experience moments of genuine presence and peace. The shift came when I let go of my projects and goals. I gave myself permission to be here, and enjoy the experience. I don’t have to write a book, or understand my life’s purpose. I can just swim, be with the animals. And then I noticed I was eating more slowly. Being fully here with my food. Not just eating mindfully because ‘it’s the right thing to do and I need to heal my relationship with food right now!’ Eating mindfully because it’s a natural reflection of my state of mind and body in this moment. Our modern western environment is designed to crank us up and push us into consuming. Don’t be surprised if you can’t seem to stop, pause, be present. You’re not doing anything wrong. We’re so porous, so easily influenced by what we see and hear every day. Take yourself into neutral spaces that don’t incite consumption (nature!) and see how it affects your bodymind.
2. It’s possible to trust life (sometimes…)
4. It’s all a game of ratios.
5. Let go of your expectations
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