Life of Pi

Life of Pi

This past weekend between soccer games I took some of the boys on my older son’s soccer team to see Life of Pi. I heard the book was slow and not very engaging so I was hesitant to see the film. The movie was nothing like that. It was deep with many layers. One of the things that I took away from the movie was how little we really need in life. Whether its material or psychological junk we clutter our lives with, it’s there. When Pi was stranded on the Pacific Ocean stripped of everything he had he became introspective. He really was able to go within and start looking at himself and his thoughts.

Now how does all this relate to nutrition and wellness? Take a quick survey of yourself the next time you eat or even workout. How often do you checkout? How often do you start going through your to do list? Or think about the conversation you had with so and so or how you’re going to deal with so and so the next time you see them? Really how mindful are you with what you are doing? Just check in and let me know.

Do another quick experiment. Close your eyes when you take the first bite of food and really experience that bite. What is it like? Do you remember tasting that food in that way? Do you remember the texture? How often do we eat in excess or buy in excess because we are not mindful of what we are doing?

I challenge you to take away the layers, clear the material and psychological junk from your lives and be present with yourself. It’s challenging to say the least. I know it would be easier if you were stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean but you’re not. So sometimes we need to pretend….

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