I drove past Feed My Starving Children last night and the word starving seemed to beg for my attention. It's crazy how many times we use that word to emphasize just how hungry we think we are when really, we are just hungry and not starving at all. But that doesn't mean you aren't starving for other things in other ways. We could be starving for kindness, for affection, for self-love, for healthier habits, for healthier relationships. What are you starving for? What are you craving right now (that isn't edible!!!)? And why do you think you cannot have it?
"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death." Rosalind Russell
Close your eyes and imagine before you an almost never ending banquet table. As you really focus in on what the table offers in its spread, begin to notice there are little signs to help you. One says love, one says money. There is kindness, compassion, mate, friends, happiness, pets, dwelling, job, hope, health...it goes on and on. Anything you feel you may need is being offered to you on this table right now. No one is around watching. In fact, you are all alone to take in this splendor without judgment. What will you pick up and put on your plate?
In the book Serena, Ron Rash writes, “She realized that being starved for words was the same as being starved for food, because both left a hollow place inside you, a place you needed filled to make it through another day.”
This quote made me think about the throat chakra, inactive when we don't or can't speak what's on our mind or in our heart. You can starve any of the chakras, right? Deny yourself self love and openness and expression and any one of the energy centers could show an imbalance. Why do you suppose any of us have these imbalances and cravings when the Universe is endlessly abundant? What stops us from "ordering" what we need and want off the menu of life?
Ben Sweetland writes, “The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.”
What are you carrying? A sieve or a tank car? If you are dragging around the past in the form of unpleasant baggage, you most likely have a sieve as your arms are to full to carry something better. So, there's the answer. Everything seems to come back to the same premise of letting go. Let go of that which weights you down so you have room for that which makes you feel lighter.
"The Inner Light" by the Beatles
"Without going out of my door
I can know all things on Earth
Without looking out of my window
I could know the ways of Heaven
The farther one travels
The less one knows
The less one really knows...
Arrive without travelling
See all without looking
Do all without doing"