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This Emptiness Can't Be Satisfied with Food

feed your soul Feb 13, 2022

Ever find yourself reaching for food when you aren’t hungry? Maybe it’s a piece of candy, some leftover pastry, or even a wholesome food like almonds or blueberries. It feels like a hidden force, a compulsion of sorts. You don’t know why, nor can you pinpoint an exact emotion; you just feel driven to eat.


Can you relate? I sure can!


I experienced one of these situations a while back as I was preparing to start a new writing project.  A sudden strong and familiar urge to eat bubbled up inside. This was no surprise as creative endeavors seem to trigger an insatiable head hunger in me. It's also safe to say this wasn’t physical hunger knocking, because I had just eaten breakfast two hours ago.


It was more of an emptiness, a “void” if you will, that was seeking to be filled. Still, I attempted to feed it with a nutrition bar. No luck. The “hunger” remained, only now it felt more pronounced. It was as if something was trying to get my attention.


At that moment it dawned on me—the empty feeling was me not letting God in to work His magic. Perhaps I should say I wasn’t turning to face Him and this was His way of getting my attention.


I was trying to go at this writing project alone, and it manifested as an empty feeling. 


This makes sense doesn’t it? I mean, we are perpetually filled with the guiding light of this loving, giving, benevolent power, yet it's so easy to forget because “life” gets in the way. It feels like you're stranded on a desert island, cut off from all communication and no means of escape.


Of course this is the furthest thing from the truth.


The truth is, we are never alone.

A spiritual solution for non-hunger eating


Do you use food to fill those uncomfortable, unexplainable “voids” in your life? I want you to know there is a way out. The solution is as natural as your breath. In fact, it is your breath. I’ll get to that in about 30 seconds.


First, it’s important to recognize what triggers you. In my case it’s sitting down to a blank piece of paper. What are your triggers?

Anger?

Boredom?

Worry?

Happiness?


Second, you must be willing to get a little uncomfortable—to go within and allow yourself to experience the moment as it is. If this sounds scary it’s only because on some level, you still believe you’re alone. 


Are you still with me? 


Third, you must be willing to go where God is—which is the present moment.


I imagine you and I are a lot alike in that we spend an awful lot of time thinking about the past and future. When we feel regret or anger, those emotions mean we are focused on the past, while worry, fear, and uncertainty signal thoughts of the future. If we really stop and think about it, how much of our time is being spent in the here and now?


The present moment is everything. It’s where your power lives...and where God hangs out. 


The most natural way to bring yourself into the present moment is to place your attention on your breath. Why your breath? Think about it. You can’t breathe in the past or future, only now. Another way to accomplish this is to place your hand over your heart and feel it beat. One thump, after another, after another.


As you breathe in and out, see yourself handing all of your doubts, insecurities, fear, worry, projects, anger, and uncertainty, over to the light of God inside. 


This is what it means to surrender.


What’s left is a subtle peace—the peace of God which transcends all understanding.

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 


There’s nothing like it in the world. A feeling of safety and a quiet knowing that all is well. 


Today, choose peace.

 

 

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