Authenticity: in food and in life

Okay, so this post is going to be a bit non-traditional, in that I’m not going to focus on the usual topics of recipes, food politics, and the like.  Recently I’ve been struck by a notion much deeper than that, yet it also relates to the concepts of Off White.

I want to talk about authenticity.  Its been a theme in my life lately, and I think there is a lesson in here for me somewhere.

Today at work, a very special person (we will call him J.) helped me see what is most important in my life, and that is being true to myself, my purpose, and from there living from a place of love.  No resistance, no emotional ‘junk food’ to toxify the soul.  Its much harder than it sounds, even though my experience tells me that being real, living in trust, and accepting what “is” sparks the fire of inspiration, synchronicity and peacefulness.

I can totally liken this to food too.  When I think about how our bodies respond to artificial, manipulated or contrived substances, like processed foods, or foods prepared without kindness or intention, the result is disease (in the long run) or discomfort.   My spirit is pretty much the same way.  Admittingly, I’ve been feeding my mind and my heart some junk food lately, because of fear and judgement.  And guess what…I feel totally sick and disassociated from my center.

So then I got to thinking a little deeper, and the work of Dr. Emoto came  to mind.  He is the guy who did all the work with images of water that were exposed to different words, music, and experiences.  his work is profound.  
Our bodies are mostly water, as is everything we eat.  I got to thinking about my mindset lately when I sit down to a meal.  Have I eaten in peace or with anger?  Have I hurried to eat my food becuase I’ve been over consumed by some other task or thought?  Do I even stop to appreciate the fact that I can go to the grocery store and buy anything I want.  Anything.  And what do I choose?  

To give you an idea of what Dr. Emoto’s work respresents, check out these pictures, taken from his website.  They depict the difference between purity, nature, and kindness and unconscious actions or negativity.  

Water from the cleanest river in 

I love these pictures because they remind me that nature is always going to create something more profound, more authentic and hence more beautiful than what is man-made.  Nature’s gentle way yields perfection.  When I extrapolate that to my thoughts and actions, I can see how being in flow, listening to my body, and trusting the process will bring a wellbeing far more profound than when I  try and force it or artificially recreate it.  I simply must allow and listen to the innate guidance we all have inside of us.

The deeper aspects of living Off White invite each of us to listen to that inner wisdom and learn from nature.    I have been humbled and inspired lately by this concept, and my hope is that perhaps you will to.  
A place to begin?  How about gratitude.  Think of something to be grateful for when you sit down to a meal or when you purchase food at the market.  Thing of something you are thankful for when you wake up and when you go to bed.  Its amazing how such a simple concept can really alter your perception of life, and hence the choices you then make, for the better.

I am so grateful for this blog, and the voice you all have given me to express myself.  The internet can be a powerful tool for connection, when the intentions are right.

Thank you 🙂

2 thoughts on “Authenticity: in food and in life

  1. Carrie August 8, 2008 / 4:34 am

    when i read your post, i thought of the words truth and inspiration. those are my words i’m working on this year. do they not go hand in hand yet can stand alone during compassion or angst. and where is the beginning? really? it all ripples into each other, the emotions and sensations. i visualize a small lake with water spiders creating ripples as they walk across, each ripple intertwining. peaceful perhaps, yet so active; so alive.
    authenticity is much alive; igniting so much emotion at times, yet comforting … is it tricky stuff or just so real …
    thank you for your post sweet thang.

  2. Nichole August 8, 2008 / 3:55 pm

    I *so* needed to read this today. Thankyou.

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