When I am not listening to my inner guide I have a hard time feeling balanced in my life. You know when your inner guide (your intuition) signals something, but that devil hanging out on your back talks to you and convinces you otherwise? That’s what I am referring to.
Trust your internal guide and you will find balance. That’s the secret. Trust.
It’s not necessarily ‘negative-talk’ from that little guy on your back, although might commonly be referred to as that. The voices are testing you, they are there to strengthen your own beliefs and values, to ensure that they are rooted deep. That they are your truth.
Let’s bring this lesson into eating choices. My inner guide was telling me to eat meat again. Specifically fish and chicken. My body craves it at this time in my life. There were voices in my head testing me, making sure that my values were in check and that I was OK with introducing animals into my meal. In the span of a week I met 3 vegans, 2 of which were raw foodists and spreading the joy of a vegan lifestyle. Test.
There was a time in my life when the vegan lifestyle was right for me. My body craved legumes, nuts and seeds, tempeh, whole grains, vegetables and salads. There was a time in my life when a vegetarian lifestyle was right for me and I enjoyed all the foods that I did eating vegan, but also consumed goat cheese, yogurt and eggs.
Do we need to define ourselves for life? Or should we go with the flow of life, listening to our body and its’ needs in different stages?
Should we eat for health?
The guy hanging out on my back put up a huge fight when I was lead to consuming meat again. “But you’ll seem like a flake”, “a plant based diet is the healthiest choice”, “it’s the only way to maintain your weight”, “you must restrict food groups to stay healthy, or skinny, or lose weight”, “what will your friends say to you, what will they think of you for ‘giving up’ this lifestyle choice?”
In the end my internal guide won the battle. This self-judgement and external judgement, I realized, didn’t matter to me…nor did most of it exist outside of my mind.
I trust. I feel balanced.
Please comment, question, criticize :-)
Katherine Feeney, RHN