Have you ever noticed the deep self-criticism (or self-pride) you might feel because you’re full, or you’re hungry?
Fullness and hunger are two states of physical sensation when it comes to eating and the body.
Some of us who have pushed the boundaries super far on these conditions have felt the pain….of both extremely stuffed with food, or extremely hungry for food.
We all know we’d like to avoid either extreme. It’s natural to want to be somewhere more in the middle, and more relaxed. If it was easy to simply remain in the middle, without swinging to extremes, we would.
Something about this isn’t easy, when it gets thrown off balance.
One way you can find some insights on your own beliefs about these states of sensation, is to judge them relentlessly. See what you really believe about yourself when you’re super hungry, or super full (or about anyone else when they are).
What does fullness mean about you, as a person? (It’s often really horrible, but sometimes good, I know).
What does hunger mean about you, as a person? (Also horrible, but sometimes good, for other reasons).
When you identify your most painful thoughts about either one of these conditions, you might find some surprising beliefs come forward into awareness.
The good news, is you can then question these thoughts using The Work of Byron Katie.
Is it true, for example, that you’re “good” when you’re hungry, and “bad” when you’re full?
Really consider it. I used to “know” it wasn’t true, but I’d act completely like it was, and something believed it at a very deep level.
Who would you be without your story, your judgment, your assessment, your belief?
There’s great freedom in wondering who you’d be without your story of hunger and fullness. You might get to experience these sensations like you’re feeling them for the very first time. Like they are sacred, interesting messages, worthy of paying attention to….over the mind’s thoughts to ignore them.