Day 7 of the 12 Days of Healthy Eating Gifts
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Welcome to your seventh Healthy Eating gift. Today is the gift of spirit from many traditions. Please take what fits for you and leave the rest. We at WiseHeart believe strongly in the development of a spiritual component to heal our relationship with body, eating and bringing food back into its' sacred context.

In the original song, The 12 days of Christmas, the seventh day brings swans. The traditional aboriginal meaning of swans is graceful surrender to spirit for the full experience of life and power.

Often in the swirl of Eating preparations and celebrations, it can be challenging to keep part of our consciousness on the spiritual aspects of whatever traditions or beliefs you hold.

The old Jewish folktale below is a beautiful way to turn our attention to our spiritual needs.

There was a father and small son who built a lifelike dummy to scare the birds from their garden. Then birds ignored the dummy and continued to eat the crops. Disappointed, the father surrendered the garden to the birds, but the boy kept hope.

He visited an old rabbi on his deathbed and told him of their plight. The rabbi said, "Here, take this," and wrote something on a small scrap of paper. "On this paper is written the name of God. Place it in the dummy's mouth and your garden will be saved."

The boy dashed to the garden and placed the piece of paper in the dummy's mouth. Instantly the dummy came to life. The birds scattered and the dummy jumped off its pole and began tending the garden with the skills of an expert farmer.

The townspeople soon discovered the miraculous dummy could also build houses, plow fields and even sing and dance. When approached with questions about the nature of life, the dummy spoke with great wisdom, softening the hardest hearts in the village.

But alas, the townspeople grew lazy and wanted him to work rather than teach. They pulled at his arms and legs, saying, "come, plow my fields"; "No come fix my house"; "No, come mend our clothes." In the scuffle the piece of paper with the name of God fell from the dummy's mouth, and immediately he collapsed in a lifeless heap.

The most skilled craftsmen were summoned, but none could bring the dummy back to life. Then one of the villagers exclaimed, "something is missing, some vital piece of the dummy must have fallen off as we wrestled with it."

The villagers searched, but all they could find was a scrap of paper with some gibberish on it, and they threw it back on the ground. Sadly, the little boy picked up the piece of paper, placed it in his pocket, and as he walked to the garden he heard the distant voices of the townspeople saying, "Something is missing... something is missing..."

Psychologist nutritionist Marc David includes this story in his book Nourishing Wisdom to highlight his belief that the missing ingredient in most dietary systems was a spiritual context.

A Meditation from the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University: TRAFFIC CONTROL
As days become busier in an increasingly busy world, here is a short, practical and empowering exercise which you can integrate into your daily lifestyle. At regular intervals throughout the day, stop whatever you are doing (if practical at that time) and withdraw your attention from everything around you. Some meditators observe Traffic Control by observing 3 minutes of silence according to a schedule such as the following: 10.30 am, 12.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm and just before retiring. Others prefer to stop for one minute every hour on the hour.
When you stop, bring your attention back to yourself. You will become aware of the heavy traffic of your thoughts passing through your mind. As you start to observe your thoughts they will naturally begin to slow down. Then just remember who you are-a peaceful soul who is the master of mind and body. Three minutes spent practicing this exercise regularly will enable you to quickly regain concentration, focus and energy which you can then re-direct to whatever you were doing.
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University provides many meditations of this sort, you can access more free of charge at the Brahma Kumaris Official Website
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Author's Bio: 

Nancy Anderson Dolan of WiseHeart Wellness Services provides treatment, public education and media information on food addiction and compulsive eating. She speaks and facilitates programs internationally and has been a counselor for over 30 years and a recovering person maintaining a 150 lb weight loss, for over 2 decades. Current research is with people maintaining 100lb+ weight loss and how they continue to do that. WiseHeart Wellness now provides assessment and treatment online including brain chemistry optimization to end addictive eating. More information can be found at