We enjoy eating lobster, shrimp and crabs. In fact, they are a very expensive delicacy. We sit in nice restaurants and order lobster and king crab legs. The server brings out our meal. At first sight, we enjoy a bouquet of sense filling, mind altering sentiments. As we dig in with anticipation, we slowly dip our crustaceans into the sweet melted butter and enjoy every savory bite.
Have you ever enjoyed the kingly pork crown roast on New Year’s Day? It is a sight to behold. This royal feast consists of 12 pork loin ribs wrapped in a circle with the bone standing upward like a crown. It is roasted to perfection with tender juices flowing , filled in the middle with a delectable stuffing and browned perfectly on top. A meal that is fit for a king.
As you enter the bakery, you are bequethed with angelic scents of the sweet nectarious foods for the gods. The taste of blissful, mouth-watering confections carries your soul to a level of euphoria. Your vision is accelarated to the pinnacle of delight by the bountiful colors of warmth and glory. You can’t decide which delight to feast on first. Oh, this must be heaven.
There is food and then there is “nourishment”. When food brings all your senses into heightened alertness of joy, that nourishment is filling more than your stomach. It becomes a heavenly love affair to be savored and imprinted in your memory forever. This experience can bring joyful satisfaction to your life.
I can see this as a blessing and a curse. There is a fine line here. As with anything in life, moderation must be exercised. It is easy to see how we can become consumed by the seduction of these experiences with our food. It seems that in our human-ness we have a tendency to want too much of a good thing. The line that I speak of is tetering between pure awareness and joy of the moment and contaminated, destructive addiction.
When we move into the realm of addiction we immediately think of drugs or alcohol and that connotates low-life, bottom feeders. But, addiction comes in all forms such as food, people, sex, relationships, cleaning, exercise, working and anything else that we tend to do obsessively to give us the feeling of either being in control or the sense of releasing any form of control and running somewhere to hide. We find things to make us feel better and then we just can’t get enough. In my opinion, I think that most of us can fall into the category of being addicted to one thing or another. That does not make us bottom-feeders. That makes us human and there are those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol whose behavior shows us the dark side of not being able to get enough. Whose behavior shows us that they are not in control of their own actions because they have become slaves to their addiction and nothing will stop them from getting what they want or need. All addicts, no matter what their addiction, are worthy of love. They are hard to love when they are completely ensconced in their addiction, whatever it may be. We may feel a sense of judgement, disgust, resentment and pure hatred for the addict they have become. Underneath the many addictions that we use to escape from daily living, we are people, hurting people. Individuals that need something so desperately to make them feel complete.
To quote the song “Not the Doctor” by Alanis Morrisette: “What are you hungry for?”