In Difficult Times, Feed Your Soul

One year ends and another year begins. We celebrate the beauty of the holiday season, we party on New Year’s, and all the while we mourn the loss of innocent lives in Connecticut, we grieve over the devastation of a hurricane, and we try to make sense of the senselessness that often characterizes life on planet Earth. So many hearts are heavy right now. If yours is, then it’s time to grieve. If your heart is bright and your spirit is strong, then it’s time to reach out and uplift those around you.

As far back as we can trace history and pre-history, humanity has been at war with itself. Our tendencies to attack and destroy are aimed at others, and oddly enough, we even deploy our lower nature in a way that directly harms our own body and soul. Violence exists on a continuum. Insanity can run from mild to extreme. But so too does love cover a vast and limitless terrain from lovelessness to the kind of enlightened heart that can heal others and change the world. Choose your place on the continuum of love, consider making a bold choice, stake your claim there, and get down to the business of putting that love into action.

Meanwhile, don’t worry about the world coming to an end. Of course the world is ending. Every day things end and things begin. Every day we need a fresh start, we need renewal, we need hope that greater things are possible in one’s own life, and in the greater collective that we all share.

Changing the world just might be easier than we think. The power to change starts in the comfort of your own soul, in the deep inner knowing that each of us has a gift to give that’s necessary medicine for the wounds of the world. In times such as these I redouble my efforts to stay awake and to leave planet Earth a better place than when I first opened my eyes and found it.

If you’re an American, you’re likely familiar with the term “the American dream.” Is there an African dream? Is there a Russian dream? A Mexican dream? I don’t know these answers, but even if I did, and even if every nation had its dream, perhaps it’s time for a bigger dream that we all can share. Perhaps it’s time to wake up to a grander vision that truly brings out the best that humanity can possibly be.

So yes, eat right, exercise your butt off, avoid GMO’s, lose 5 more pounds, and don’t believe the garbage you’ve heard that organic food isn’t the best food ever. But have a bigger dream for humanity, and do your best to dig as deep as you can inside yourself to metabolize the traumas and tragedies of life. Join forces. Find like-minded and like hearted souls. Do good. Grow stronger in the face of darkness. And as quickly as you can, remember who you truly are and why you came here, relax yourself, trust in something Greater, and deliver. What’s your dream for the world?

Warm regards,
Marc David
Founder – Institute for the Psychology of Eating
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  • susan

    Thank you Marc! Exactly what I needed to hear! Bless you

  • Marc, your message of healing, health, and hope could be — should be — the world’s manifesto for 2013. As you gently pointed out though, change begins one soul at a time. My soul was changed from reading this. Also, your thoughts on “metabolizing trauma” were intriguing — hope you’ll expound more on “digesting” life’s events. Tremendous post.

    • Marc David

      Hi Kimby,

      What a gift that this post deeply resonated with you.
      I am so grateful to read comments like yours and cannot thank you enough.

      Warm regards,

      Marc David

  • Marc,
    Thanks for the reminder that now is the time to wake up and have a larger dream for not just our lives, but for everyone. It’s easy to forget to take the time to grieve and then to reach out and uplift those around us. Thanks for lifting me up today.

    • Marc David

      Hi Geoff,

      Thank you for your kind words.
      Yes, we must constantly remind ourselves to brighten others’ lives around us.
      We are very grateful that you are part of this community.

      Warm regards,

      Marc David

  • joe Grosso

    You are always so positive and inspirational. The world has always been at odds and war since the beginning of time. Your wonderful community blogs and shares are proof that we are the seeds to eventually realize all of our differences are just”another point of view”. Respect them and do not convict another’s point of view. We all want the same thing “to love and be loved”. What other nourishment could we ask for. It’s a new year and the seeds are in place to grow all over the planet.

    • Marc David

      Hi Joe,

      Once again, thank you for being such a dedicated follower of this work.
      I wish this new year will bring more of what you speak of – love, respect, nourishment and more people seeing food and eating in a whole new way.

      Warm regards,

      Marc David

  • Marc,
    You make a great point about the “American dream” and how we need to think a bit more globally about our goals and dreams. Happy New Year!

  • Roy B

    Thanks Marc, for helping me to slow down, block out the noise and take a moment to breath and help others do the same.

  • As always, you are right on point! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Marc David

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you for all of your kind words.
    It is responses like yours that provide the inspiration to write these articles.
    Happy New Year!


    Marc David

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Marc David

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 and The Slow Down Diet. His work has been featured on CNN, NBC and numerous media outlets. His books have been translated into over 10 languages, and his approach appeals to a wide audience of eaters who are looking for fresh, inspiring and innovative messages about food, body and soul. He lectures internationally, and has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the Disney Company. Marc is also the co-founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.