“HP please come between me and this food before it comes between you and me.”
I have been finding myself sharing frequently the under appreciated use of the pause. We live in a society that seems to push the people in our culture to go faster, be more efficient, multitask, and so forth.
But for me as a compulsive overeater, rushing into eating is an unhealthy action.
I find that intentionally building in a pause before I eat my abstinent meal allows for my sanity to manifest itself and allow me to relish the food I do eat. To enjoy my food is a new and wonderful experience for me that I need to value. The pause gives me time to allow my higher power to wiggle into that space and give me that perspective.
I find too that when the compulsive food thoughts hit and I begin to obsess over a food item, I’ve GOT to pause long enough to surrender! Not try harder…really truly surrender that food item…that food thought…to my higher power. That pause allows for this to occur. I must. I must. I must. I choose Step 3.
The pause gives me a break from the compulsion and allows space for my higher power and sanity to put up the barriers between me and foods I shouldn’t eat and doorways between me and foods I should eat. It is my mini meditation.