I’ll protect you from the sun………..

20 Feb

I’ll protect you from the sun……….., originally uploaded by *Gracie.

Consuming To Heal
Filling Imaginary Voids

In our culture today, we are constantly encouraged to consume. This includes food as well as purchasing ever newer items that we may not need, often using money that we may not actually have. It could be that we are trying to fill a void we feel within ourselves, but if we take the time to examine it, we know deep inside that this is not the solution. We may notice how quickly the joy fades after our purchase or once the food we’ve enjoyed is gone, and how soon we feel the urge to do so again. This is a symptom of disconnection from our true selves, so the first step toward balance is connection to our center.

When we connect to our center, we access the fullness of who we are as an individual spirit. We also connect to the energy source of the universe, from which nothing can be lacking. It could be that we have been energetically starving ourselves but trying to feed the need physically, outwardly. Once we make the decision to reconnect, we have the ability to examine the behavior from a higher place within ourselves. We can look, without judgment, at the thoughts and feelings that occur before and after our indulgences to find a pattern. We may want to keep track of these observations in a journal so that we can go back if we lose our way.

Often boredom is the main cause for the desire to eat or shop. But when we connect to our center, our intuition can more clearly guide us to the places where our energy can best be used. We can replace the boredom with a meditation practice, a class, a project, seeking a new job, or getting involved in a charity. We may even want to begin planning an adventurous trip. Whatever inspires us tells us the direction we should go. When we find the place we are meant to be, we become so consumed by its constant creation that the frivolous filling of an imaginary void becomes a thing of the past.

Daily OM


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12 responses to “I’ll protect you from the sun………..

  1. Andre

    February 20, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Wow! Great tittle, perfect for the photo.

  2. Penseroso

    February 20, 2007 at 11:58 am

    “We can replace the boredom with a meditation practice, a class, a project, seeking a new job, or getting involved in a charity.”

    . . . or by taking beautiful photographs. Right, Gracie? If yours are any evidence at all, I’d say you’ve definitely found your center.

  3. Contented Tea

    February 20, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Please don’t do such beautify work. It makes me want to look at it all day and night.

  4. Gracie

    February 21, 2007 at 12:23 am

    It’s something I enjoy despite not knowing what I’m doing. It’s another means of relieving the stress and finding some beauty. So glad you find it enjoyable. Thanks ever so much.

  5. naturalhigh

    February 21, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    It’s true. I am dieting right now and very aware of how I’ve been handling uncomfortable feelings with overeating. I am taking healthier actions to deal with stress, feeling overwhelmed, unnapreciated, and bored.

  6. Gracie

    February 21, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Naturalhigh, don’t beat yourself up over it. We all have ways to deal with our anxieties that are not the most productive so you, me and most people are guilty. There are worse things than over indulging in food as I like to say but I know exact what you mean.

  7. Contented Tea

    February 21, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Lost my post and it was good.

    Revisiting your photo is wonderful – one of the best because of the overplay in title and artistic capture of the essence of soft protection. How beautiful.

    Naturalhigh, Consumme of love is the best indulgence for all the above, chocolate is good, too. If you are ever really bored, just call me. I could talk you right out of it – some day. . .


  8. Gracie

    February 21, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    CTea – You should have your own blog – I fear your words of wisdom get lost here or only read by a few. It’s not that I don’t enjoy your responses as you have a gift, what are your thoughts?

  9. Contented Tea

    February 22, 2007 at 10:19 pm


    My thoughts are I do not understand. Should and fear are not good words. I will respect your gentle thoughts with a thank you. You capture beauty. I am not good at blogs. But talking is not part of blogs nor a sound decision. I will be busy the next 6 months. Maybe I need to give you all a rest. Now I am thinking out loud because I do not understand what to do.
    Contented Tea

  10. Gracie

    February 22, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    You are always welcome here, CTea. I enjoy reading all of your comments so please don’t misunderstand my previous post. You have a way of putting things into words that I could never do so keep writing those words of wisdom. If you touch one person, isn’t it worth it? You’ve certainly have touched me.

    What do you have planned for the next 6 months if you don’t mind my asking.

  11. Contented Tea

    February 23, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    My experience tells me not to write anything I would not share with my mother. She has always been my best friend; I have always shared everything with her. The only problem is she never gets bent out of shape, even with Alzheimer’s – life is always positive. Lately told her I have acted in a way she would not be pleased with and I did not know what to do about it. She looked out the car window. We were driving by a palm reader’s business and she said go speak with them and laughed. Nothing is too serious not to find some shining light.

    The past few weeks someone in Career Development introduced me to some people that may have a job for me. In March will have a large amount of data to analyze and show my critical thinking ability. The job will be a door for further training as a 6 Sigma Black Belt. It would take a 6 month period of education with a local university. Not going to be disappointed if I don’t get the job, it is all a learning experience. Nice change in me, right? They have been people of integrity.

    Taking proactive measures to learn how-to and definitions of information I have never investigated. Have never run away from problems but took personal responsibility for them. Do recognize we come to a point in life when change is a responsible course.

    “You have a way of putting things into words that I could never do” and sometimes really get in trouble with words. I hope this blog is kept with integrity to CTea . . . a hug would be nice.

  12. Contented Tea

    February 24, 2007 at 7:41 am

    I think I understand now and that is okay. It is part of being devoted.


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