Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Two years ago my yoga teacher, Will, asked me what I ordered from Starbucks when I get coffee. “Soy latte.” “Do they fill the cup all the way up?” “Um, yes, I’m a paying costumer.” “Well, do you drink the entire thing?” “Um, yes, I paid for it.” “But do you want to drink the entire cup? Maybe they could fill it up only half way if you asked?”

“Will, it’s just the way they do it. They fill the cup, I pay for the cup, so I drink the cup.”

“Jenna, instead of just drinking the cup, CHOOSE to drink the cup, because you WANT the entire cup. Otherwise you’re just drinking, unconsciously.”

I’ve thought back to this conversation, I don’t even know how many times. What the HELL was Will talking about, and why did we spend approximately fifteen minutes talking about a freakin cup of coffee?

Two days ago, something finally clicked, and this conversation moved right back to the forefront of my mind, and I finally understood what he was talking about.

With the upcoming holidays there are a million signs, “Lose Holiday Weight.” It’s the holiday season and all the sudden the beast in all of us gets unchained and freed into the open world to feast upon every piece of candy, cookie, chunks of meat, holiday cake, stuffing, and then leftovers. What the hell is that? “Oh, it’s the holidays. I can eat like a stoned kid at a buffet at EVERY single holiday party.” NO.

Yes, the food is there. But it doesn’t mean you’re required to feast until you literally need to loosen your pants to move around the party and socialize.

Food is sustenance. And there was suffering for that food to reach your plate, whether it be the death of an animal or the death of a plant, along with the labor and energy it took for the food to arrive. Instead of shoveling the food into your mouth this holiday season, perhaps take a moment to give thanks, and then consciously choose your food wisely.

Take what you need. Don’t ask for a full cup if you only need half.

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