Yesterday provided me with a few interesting things to consider. Firstly, I fell upon the Rumi quote-

sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment

I drank this idea in like I was standing in a hot shower after a long day at the beach. It just felt good me.

I had, the night before, been watching a documentary about whether or not animal protein consumption shortens our life expectancy and as the reporter went through the decades and decades of trials and studies he found that each one had varying and conflicting results. There were experts on each side of the fence who valiantly defended their chosen side while discounting the other. I sat and watched and kept checking in with myself to ensure I remained neutral.

Why?

sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment

Life is amazing! People are amazing. They can survive and thrive and adapt in almost any environment. Who are we to tell the Eskimos to stop eating whale blubber or the French to stop eating pate’? Who are we to tell the vegans that they need an egg or the raw foodies that they need a roast dinner.

Byron Katie often says ‘when you are minding other people’s business, who’s minding yours?’.

It seems to me that we (and I very much include myself in this statement) are in the habit of finding something that we like and then we deem that as ‘right’ and then as a result everything else becomes ‘wrong’.

Clinical trials have their place but they are and must be very narrow in their perspective. I wonder when they looked at the pros and cons of animal protein if they considered Hira Ratan Manek. Here is a 78 year old man in perfect health who doesn’t eat at all! He survives and thrives off of sunlight (sun gazing) and water and in the early days butter milk. He does drink tea and coffee to be polite when company comes around – it’s important to be hospitable. This Sun Gazing is part of his spiritual practice. He has even been studied by NASA!

sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment

The second thing that I heard yesterday was a brief snippet of an interview in which the interviewee said,

‘I know two things for sure; Firstly, No one really knows for sure what’s going on and
Secondly, No one really knows for sure why we are here and how we came to be here.’

I laughed out loud at this. Yes it felt a little bit like free falling but then I felt strangely safer. If no one can make up their mind on what is ‘Right’ and what is ‘Wrong’, well, there is no need for me to weigh in. I can go about my business blissfully ignorant and in a constant state of bewilderment. I can tear up over a rainbow and marvel at raindrops on leaves as my girls do.

In me, bewilderment creates a state of gratitude, grace and awe. I don’t know why we are here and I don’t know what to eat and I sure as hell don’t know how my iphone works without a cord (actually even with a cord I’m a little lost) but I gratefully receive it all.

Maybe, we should all put less weight in the plethora of diets, scientific studies and medical opinion out there and ask our own unique bodies what food it needs in this unique moment. If we really listen it will tell us. It works in the animal kingdom – bears don’t do double blind studies of Salmon. Perhaps in our domestication we have forgotten how to listen to our bodies.

Bewilderment = Be Wilder

Then let’s be thankful and bless that little plate before us. The one made up of protein molecules, carborhydrate molecules and fat molecules that will provide energy to the incredible cells of our body.

For what we are about to receive, may we be truly thankful.

And may we always be mindful of the needs of others, Amen.

Or something to that effect…

Big bear hugs to you my friend xx