Following 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.