Book review time! Just finished reading Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth yesterday. Wow. It was profound, funny, well-written, thought-provoking. And, for me, timely.
Because all of a sudden my lifelong love affair with sugar, dairy and wheat seems to be going through a break-up. Kinda early to tell – but I’m seeing this holistic chiropractor guy and I’m on this nutritional deal.
Which kind of flies in the face of what Geneen Roth is advocating – and yet I think both events in my life are inspired by divine timing (for my astrology readers, the divine timing is cleverly disguised as the Cardinal cross – especially stationing Uranus – right on top of my moon, but I digress).
I opened the book, just now – so rich with material, so much I’ve underlined. And here’s the quote that seems to want to be shared with you tonight:
“There is a whole universe to discover between ‘I’m feeling empty’ and turning to food to make it go away. The problem of weight is predictable. We know what to do when we have that problem. Beat ourselves up. Make ourselves wrong. Eat fewer donuts. But staying with the emptiness – entering it, welcoming it, using it to get to know ourselves better, being able to distinguish the stories we tell ourselves about it from the actual feeling itself – that’s radical.”
And this book itself IS radical. It’s beautiful.
Here. You’ve been good. I’ll give you one more morsel of delight from this powerful, deep book:
“It’s hidden in plain sight. The open secret. Every day we are in touch with that which is not broken. But we are so busy paying attention to the million details of day-to-day life that we miss it. Whether we name it or not, it is still there. Whether we pay attention to it or not, it doesn’t go away.”
So – if you are a human (and especially of the female persuasion) and you eat, I encourage you to read this life-changing book. It’s all about consciousness and love and God – some of my favorite topics. Oh yeah, and food too.
It’s really great! Have you read it? What was your take?