I think I learned what it means to eat.
It all started after dinner this evening. Feeling the need for more nutrition after a dinner of poor food choices, I put some sugar snap peas in a bowl and began eating. I didn't eat many. Something occurred as I ate though.
Sugar snap peas, while not an especially crunchy or difficult food to eat, require some more chewing effort than I, a lazy eater, sometimes wish to expend. This evening as I chewed them, I began thinking - about food, about how it becomes our body, about its goodness and wow, I came to understand the role of food in our lives. It is simple. We eat - we must eat and it matters what we eat.
I don't know if I can adequately explain what I experienced. Perhaps it was an example of mindfulness. It was nice. I hope that it was the beginning of a changed and more appreciative relationship to food. I'm grateful that I can nurture my body with sugar snap peas. I'm grateful to have had this experience. I'll try not to devour a bowl of potato chips to celebrate.