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breakfastFollowing this morning’s meditation (with five other lovely beings at my house) I found an email query from a friend: Are you hungry? (see yesterday’s post). I feel hungry, yes, missing the habitual toast, croissant, or porridge. For me, hunger, right now, is a psychological issue or, in Buddhist terms, an awareness of clinging to what might be and what usually happens.

And there’s more. My Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays MD writes that “most unbalanced relationships with food are caused by being unaware of heart hunger. No food can satisfy this form of hunger. To satisfy it we must learn how to nourish our hearts.” I plan to monitor the situation, as they say, and see what not-eating can teach me today.

source: Bays, J.C. (2009). Mindful eating: a guide to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food (with CD). Boston: Shambala, p.58.

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  1. Pingback: Fome de quê? « O Sabor daTangerina

  2. well sir, i was very nourished by those immense breaths i struggled to watch for in your gracious presence and peaceful home. thank you.

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  3. I must have needed a hug or two instead of the box of veggie crackers I ate last night ; ) Have to watch out for the heart hunger from now on. Thanks

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  4. “most unbalanced relationships with food are caused by being unaware of heart hunger. No food can satisfy this form of hunger. To satisfy it we must learn how to nourish our hearts.”
    What a very interesting thought I will have to ponder this, what exactly nourishes our hearts???????????

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