Sometimes I’ll order them but not often. Sometimes it’s those yam fries….Usually I just take a few from my husband’s plate. I know I don’t feel well if I eat a whole plate of French fries or yam fries, and I do enjoy feeling healthy and full of energy. Fried foods clog our arteries. That’s just the way we’re made. Yes, they taste yummy but fried foods aren’t that good for our physical body, certainly not as a large part of a regular diet.
The other day I wasn’t feeling well emotionally. I’d been with some people and afterwards I realized I had digested something emotionally that didn’t feel well to me. What had I ‘eaten’? I felt plugged up inside so the usual flow I know had been diverted. Deep down inside me I could feel some fear which sent out tendrils of worry. It was those little bits of worry, soaked in fear that were tempting me to nibble. Ah! No! Worries are like emotional French Fries, tempting, tasty, but too many and I get clogged up inside.
My dear friend Jesus, says so clearly, ‘Don’t worry. Can you change anything by worrying? Know instead that you are loved, and know you are in the presence of One who loves you, always, everyday. Don’t give in to worry. Trust in the Presence of Love.’
When we worry, it will clog our emotional and spiritual energy flow, just as clearly as a diet of fatty food will clog our physical arteries. Yet somehow, we accept worry as a normal part of human life. I think it’s common, but I don’t want it to be ‘normal’ for you or for me. I want to make choices about how I care for my physical body, and choices about how I care for my emotional and spiritual home as well.
Menus these days are often marked with nutritional information – gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, calorie count etc. Imagine if your day was marked with a worry count….What does each encounter that you have during the day trigger in you? Are you drawn towards trust or worry? To what extent does that relationship help you be your best self? Are you able to give both strength and ease into the situation? I bet you could come up with some questions of your own!
So, my friends, watch out for those emotional French fries!
Love and prayers
Mystic in Motion
Companion on the Way with Contemplative Fire
Contemplative Fire Canada, Founder
Companion on The Rivendell Way
Society Member with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation