“Sometimes I forget to eat lunch. So, 3:30 arrives, and I attack an infant-size hillock of greasy takeout. I inhale it, scarcely breathing, a condemned man with minutes ’til dawn. Two minutes after stopping, yes; I feel like I’m going to die…What happend? How’d I miss when I’d had enough?” –Merlin Mann, in What Matters Now
Pigging out is not just about consuming food. It can also be trying too hard, overthinking, talking ad nauseam, buying way more than you need or could possibly use, and spending mindless hours glued to the computer, TV set or handheld device.
I can certainly relate to all of the above, especially when it comes to my need for perfection. It’s amazing that my head hasn’t exploded sometimes from analyzing things to death.
But I have a beautiful antidote for whenever I catch myself binging on excess of any kind: three phrases.
Three simple phrases that don’t look like much on paper, but have magic powers when you insert them—with awareness—into a daily practice of clearing and mindfulness:
- I am enough
- I have enough
- There is enough
What does it feel like to say these words out loud?
–Excerpted from Chapter 14, “Enough” – Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are by Stephanie Bennett Vogt
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Art Credit: “Lunch with Mackerel” by Kenne Gregoire, 2009