Last Saturday I attended the CD release party of Lydia Hol and the Barefoot Boy – where freshly baked homemade cookies were found at the snack bar. They were neatly arranged and smelled so good. I grabbed one and immediately started eating it. Halfway through the cookie I remembered that sugar + flour + chocolate = this cookie = not Paleo.
Stunned in disbelief, I turned to my friend and said repeatedly “I can’t eat this. I can’t eat this. I can’t eat this.”
It was an impulse. In an instant I wasn’t thinking about my 6 week Paleo challenge I had been so good at sticking with thus far. In an instant I let it all go and I indulged. It was easy. It didn’t make me feel good about myself though. I knew it wasn’t aligned with the commitment I made to myself.
That cookie eating reminded me that in the same measure of time, I can so easily choose to do what is easy instead of doing what serves me. It’s easy to get mad, delete that difficult-to-deal-with e-mail, or to pass judgement on the situation or person instead of breathing before replying, responding with intention, or staying open and curious.
The practice is not in making indulging bad or wrong. It is about recognizing when we indulge in thoughts and behaviours that don’t serve us (I’m looking at you cookie) and shifting out of it.
Simply said: Put the cookie down!
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