Excerpt from Let Food Be Thy Gift
Health Starts With Rest
Health does not start with food, calories or workouts.
Blueberries, burpees, miles, calories, points, strength, six-packs, bikini bodies, diets, programs and/or formulas cannot deliver us, save us, satisfy our deep needs or answer our real fears. This is the reason why health does not and cannot start with information, mindfulness, meditation or anything that we physically do. Instead, health starts with being a human being who is physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and relationally at rest in truth and love.
And the truth is… it is only Truth and Love who can help us remember who we are and how we are designed to be and live. Only Truth and Love can move with order and progression through us to reclaim our identity, to renew our minds, restore our affections and reconnect us with our divine purpose.
Take a moment and look at what we are doing. We are literally consuming ourselves to death. We have EPIDEMICS of diet-related disease and sickness in youth and adults. We also have epidemics of anxiety, depression, loneliness, apathy, addiction and suicide.
We have lost our way, forgotten the truth and are sabotaging our lives. As a result, we have forgotten the truth that what we physically do reflects and determines our internal reality, and who we are internally reflects and determines our physical reality. If we cannot physically rest, then we are not experiencing internal rest because rest flows from the inside out.
But knowing these truths of how our internal and external self is interconnected, interrelated and interdependent is not enough to experience rest. Rather, the foundational truth that we need to rest is discovered in knowing who we are and how we are designed to be (healthy, holy, whole, human beings). And this truth is Not found in a book or in a blog but it is received in a relationship with Love and Truth.
And…Until we find ourselves in the relationship with Love and Truth, we will be unable to rest and everything we do will be a quest to get the love that we desperately need to rest. But without the fullness of love, we will try to fill ourselves up with what “feels” like love. As a result, we will be controlled by anything or anyone that promises to love us.
To put this most simply.
In order for us to understand where health begins, we must ask who is telling us who we are and how we are designed. Where are we trying to fill up our spirits with love? Because rest is a natural byproduct of love. It is the result of being completely known and fully accepted for who we are and this level of knowing fills our spirits with rest which overflows into our hearts, minds, bodies and relationships.
On other hand, when we are NOT completely known and fully accepted, then our spirits remain empty and vulnerable to fear. Spiritual emptiness is dangerous, because it will always reduce us to consumers who move out of fear in search of rest. Since the search for rest is endless in the horizontal world, we cannot rest as long as we are constantly trying to fill ourselves up with food, alcohol, exercise, sex, money, work, hobbies, experiences, relationships, drugs and whatever promises to gives us the rest that is naturally received in the relationship with Love and Truth.
But we can rest assured that when we are full of love, we will be our true selves and we will move in surprising ways to receive and give ourselves and others the things we need to grow and flourish.
When we are full of love, we will be healthy.
When we are full of love, we will be able to experience and enjoy ourselves, our lives, others, life’s gifts and our world.
When we are full of love, we will be creators of truth, beauty and goodness, because we will be full of truth, beauty and goodness.
When we are full of love, we will not only experience rest, but we will be a place of rest for others.
With all this in mind, let me ask you “Are you tired of consuming and being consumed? Do you want rest?
Then say it!!! Say it out loud- “I am exhausted!”” Be willing to tell the truth. Do you feel empty? Say it! Are you moving out of fear? Say it! Do you feel love? Say it! Do you want live? Ask for it! That’s exactly what I did and guess what I got what I asked for!
I am begging you to courageously tell the truth! You can create the space for Truth and Love to move in you by loving yourself enough to tell the truth. This is the only way to discover who you are and how you are designed to naturally receive and give love and truth-And experience Rest. This is the only way to be the most amazing healthy, whole, holy, human being you are designed to Be!
“Come to me, all who toil and are burdened, and I shall give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon yourselves and learn from me, because I am gentle and accommodating in heart, and you will find rest for your souls; 30For my yoke is mild and my burden light.” -Truth and Love