Thoughts: Food, Shopping and the Ego, with Eckhart Tolle.
Attachment is one of the greatest sources of our suffering. Addiction is a prevalent form of attachment.
We are addicted to food, shopping, relationships, the internet, or any number of things, thoughts or activities. You can be addicted to anything, even love.
We are a species that suffers from addiction. Animals do not become addicted in the way that humans do. Animals also do not have egos. And this makes sense because addiction arises from ego.
Our addictions are a substitute for the loss of aliveness that results from being an ego-dominated creature. Our ego gives us an empty experience of life. We go through each day and deep down we know we are missing something.
We long desperately for something. We search and search, here and there, and the longing is never satisfied. We live and die longing for an unidentified something.
We are longing for our own presence, awareness and sense of aliveness. The experience of our own living presence is the only true source of happiness we will find in the world.
Any addictive behavior is the misdirected attempt to experience presence. This understanding is what helps us to become liberated from addiction.
Ask yourself right now, what are the addictions you suffer from? Do they satisfy you? Do they bring you closer to your sense of aliveness and presence or further away?
Learn more about addictions and ego in this video segment with Oprah & Eckhart.
Quotes: A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. -Mohandas Gandhi
What I Ate Today:
Meal 1: Water with a squeeze of lemon.
Meal 2: An avocado.
Meal 3: A ginger tea. Boiling water with chunks of organic ginger. mmm - a quick & soothing way to warm the body.
Meal 4: A beetroot, carrot, celery and ginger juice.
Meal 5: A Chocolate Almond Butter Cup Cake :) A cup cake with no sugar, no dairy and no artificial anything! woo! Ingredients: cacao, agave, coconut pulp, almond butter, water and some fruit to top it off - banana and strawberry!
Meal 6: Raw Pizza! Created with pesto, caramelized onions, herbs, tomatoes, dates, olive oil, lemon, macadamia nuts, almond butter, avocado, buckwheat and nutritional yeast!
Meal 7: Strawberries dipped in almond butter! mmm! My husband likes them dipped in peanut butter and says it tastes like peanut butter and jelly ;)
Recipe:All recipes will be published in The Earth diet book and are available free on The Earth Diet website www.TheEarthDiet.Org
Exercise: A run in the morning, yoga and then a Zumba Class at Big Al's Family Fitness! Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system... and a sweaty one! ;)
8 days to go!!!