There is magic all around you if you pay attention. Everyday occurrences become magical moments when you stop and notice.
I fed my granddaughter rice cereal and bananas before I went to work last week. This is an ordinary event. Babies all over the world eat cereal and fruit. What made this a magical moment was that it was her FIRST time eating it, and it was my first time feeding her!
I was in the moment with my granddaughter while she used her tongue, (no teeth yet) to move the food from the spoon into her mouth. I noticed her nonverbal cues as she told me when she was ready for more, by opening her mouth. I patiently waited with the next spoonful, ready until she stopped gumming her bananas and cereal. At one point she began to make complaining sounds, letting me know she was finished by turning her head away and looking out the window.
This experience with my granddaughter was a magical, loving, connecting time. I was on a “high” all day. This simple act of giving food to my granddaughter was at once mundane, and miraculous.
As human beings we were created with bodies that require more than our mother’s milk to continue to grow and develop. This same body has all the mechanisms in place to let us know when we’ve had enough, or when we are hungry.
In my work as an eating disorder recovery therapist, this simple moment spent with my granddaughter’s first introduction to food took on a grander meaning.
My clients struggle with food each day. Food has come to take on a thousand and one different meanings. Food is love, Food is Scary, Food is Fat, Food is Punishment, Food is Reward, and on and on.
Magical moments happen for my clients as well. They may have a snack planned, and even though it may be on their “bad” list, they are able to eat it completely and stop. Other times they may listen to their body’s hunger signals and eat when they are hungry instead of distracting themselves in order to not feel their hunger.
When these seemingly mundane events take place for my clients they can also transcend into the miraculous!
Being in each moment offers us such riches. Will you slow down enough to notice your magical moments?
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Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!