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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pray to Food?

Linda Pressman had an interesting comment on Chris's blog (A Deliberate Life) that made me think. She talked about being in an OA meeting where someone shared that she had called her sponsor because she was tempted to eat cake - a trigger food. Her sponsor told her to go ahead and eat it but pray to it first because it had become her Higher Power, not God. She didn't eat the cake.

Praying to food is an interesting concept. This would make food something worthy of worship or something that could grant something that is prayed for. Perhaps that's why this gal didn't eat the cake - there was nothing worthy of being worshiped there. How often have we symbolically prayed to food for relief from boredom, loneliness, anger, tiredness, or a myriad of other things? Isn't that what we are really doing? Praying for deliverance through eating?

How has such faulty reasoning served us? Why do we keep repeating the prayer only to have food give us a different outcome than what we wanted? Have you ever heard food described as "divine"? We talk about food like it provides some euphoric, orgasmic, transcendental experience as we roll our eyes and give the impression of all these wonderful qualities of some dish of food.

We need to get a grip, don't you think?

6 comments:

  1. Yep! We DO need to "get a grip"! Especially when it comes to the faulty reasoning and unholy descriptions we devote to our food.

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    1. Food has become way too many things other than nourishment. We give it too much credit.

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  2. Great point. We give food way too much power in our lives. For me, I used it to satisfy emotional needs, relieve stress, etc.

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    1. I think you have a lot of company in this regard (me among them). It's sad we take so long to learn that overeating just adds another problem without solving the ones we had hoped to solve.

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  3. This is a very interesting way of looking at things. Sure does make it seem ridiculous to give food that kind of power.

    Thank you for your comments on my post today.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by. I hope my comments helped you get things in perspective. Take care.

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