Can I Get a Pass Today?

You know how I said I was going to write a blog post every day for 100 days?  Well, some days, like today, I just don’t really want to.  But here I am, sucking it up, because this is a challenge that I set for myself that I want to accomplish.

I’m tired.  I was up really early.  I had a long day, filled with a lot of work, and I have even more work to accomplish tomorrow.  I don’t want to blog.  I want to…work on other projects, or watch 30 Rock, eat some snacks, be entertained.

How familiar is that, right?  I spent a lot of time today reading and talking about mindful eating.  Just, paying attention to all the little things that come up.  The uncomfortable things, the I want to eat this but I know I shouldn’t or the I don’t want to eat this but I know I should.  Food is a seriously loaded topic for a lot of people (myself included! I don’t get a free pass here either!), and I’m pretty sure the only way we can work with that is to work with it.  To work from where we are, set a goal or two and stick with it and see how that feels.  If there’s resistance, sit with it or lean into it and see where it goes.

If you want to eat something you know you shouldn’t, take a minute to think about what part of you has that craving, what it feels like.  Why do I want to watch 30 Rock instead of writing a blog post?  Why do I want to drink a coffee instead of an herbal tea?  What happens if I write the blog post or drink the tea?  What happens if I drink the coffee or watch the 30 Rock?

One of the best things we can do in life is to just be curious about shit.  Like, literally everything.  Especially our own lives.  Try it.  See what happens.

I’ve been re-reading Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays, which is awesome.  Plus, she talks a lot about “mouth hunger,” which I know some of you are now heh-heh-heh-ing over, just like I was.  What does your mouth hunger feel like, hmmm?

Alriiiiiiight, now I’m giving myself that free pass.  I’ll probably have a bunch of chocolate-mess-making pictures up tomorrow, because that’s what my day tomorrow is going to be.  A huge, delicious, raw chocolatey mess.  Jealous?  Yeah you are.

3 thoughts on “Can I Get a Pass Today?

  1. Nice post. Just came back from an evening meditation where the talk addressed this a little. Basically it was saying we don't have control over what arises but what we do have control of, is how we respond to that. Just sitting with and exploring the discomfort of the "craving" or whatever and sitting long enough to let it go by (says she who came home and ate a snack!)

  2. Zendot led me to your blog:)

    I have a similar challenge going for myself, 365 days of art.
    It's definitely a learning and enlightening experience thus far.

    Questions, curiosity are definitely part of the process.

  3. Hey — Just watch 30 Rock and don't beat yourself up about it. I'm not trying to be that part of your conscience with devil horns and a pitchfork on one of your shoulders, but I find that when I appease my rebel a bit, I also want to appease the angelic guy on the other shoulder.

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