“You can’t always get what you want…
No, you can’t always get what you wa-ant.
But if you try sometimes, well you just might find
you get what you need.”
Sometimes what we think we want, is not necessarily what we need. We reach and strive and yearn for “it,” yet it’s only a symbolic substitute for what we actually NEED.
Because of this basic dichotomy of life on planet Earth, because we have a part of us urging us towards wholeness and another part wanting some down and dirty time in the gutter, the result is that oftentimes, we seek health and harmony in ways that actually prevent it. In other words, when we want something that’s a bit too difficult to attain, we’re hardwired to reach for the closest approximation, a “symbolic substitute.”
Maybe, though, this is not always such a bad thing…
It’s actually a brilliant strategy of the mind to reach for substitutes when we can’t acquire what we really want.
The task, though, which remains to be so very important, is to relax into this substitution, forgive ourselves, and embrace its service.
What a gift! ANOTHER gift. We are blessed and overwhelmed with a bounty of gifts in life. Embrace. Take hold – LIVE Life.
Thank you, Marc David and the Institute for the Psychology of Eating for another inspiring message.
Marc David is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Nutritional Psychology, and the author of the classic and best-selling works Nourishing Wisdom, The Slow Down Diet, and Mind Body Nutrition. The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is the world’s only teaching organization dedicated to a forward thinking, positive, holistic approach to nutritional psychology. IPE is unique and revolutionary in its approach – teaching students and professionals how to effectively work with the most common eating challenges of our times.
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