Inspired by a salad
I am sitting here waiting for my 4 year old to finish her gymnastics class and eating by beautiful, colorful salad (arugula, red bell pepper, olives, avocado, and perfectly ripe mango with turkey breast on top). I had a very busy day, it is 4pm now and this is my lunch. I was famished but did not have time to eat, just made a quick salad to have during her class.
As I am sitting here with this fresh, colorful, crunchy salad, all organic and full of nutrients, a little girl walks in with her mother and her brother, the girl is about 7 and her brother is in the same class as Sasha, so probably about 5 years old. They walked in holding these paper plates full of macaroni and cheese (just like last week). I could not help but feel this guilt for eating so healthy, looking at these little kids eating junk. I wondered if they have ever tried a salad or even been offered one.
And then this overwhelming sense of gratitude came over me, for being able to raise my kids in a healthy, wholesome way. It is not about good grades, beauty, athleticism, high IQ or even healthy diet. It is about having an ability to be open, to learn, to practice and to live with an open healthy mind, spirituality, love, compassion, and joy. To be able to see and be grateful for the beauty around us, to be able to stay with it and to experience and live through everything we are faced with
Panache Desai says that life is not about learning lessons, it is about experiencing it, experiencing the life. Good or bad – we have to live it, we have no choice, feelings and emotions are meant to be experienced and lived through. There are no lessons to be learned from the death of a loved one, or from an illness, yet we have no choice but to experience it. No matter how hard it is, we must live through these things and not just try to hide these emotions, feelings behind medication. What does medication do? it simply numbs you, but where do the feelings go? They are suppressed they are still there, never felt, never experienced and waiting in the shadows like Debbie Ford would say.
I am truly Blessed for I know I have been given an opportunity to raise my kids with an understanding of the deep connection of body, mind, and spirit, of experiencing life at its’ best and its’ worst and for being grateful, kind and compassionate.
And what about those other kids? All I can see for myself to do, is to continue to share my knowledge and to walk the talk.
To your health,