As part of our day-to-day lives most of us drive cars . . . and cars, like our bodies, require fuel to run. So there is a need to stop at a petrol station and fill our car with the appropriate fuel. In saying that, we would never plan to drive in and fill our petrol-fuelled car with diesel fuel, or vice versa. Through marketing and service information we are encouraged to use the ‘right fuel’ for our vehicle; for example, some cars will only accept premium quality petrol, or diesel.
So why is it when we have taken the time to put the right fuel in our car we then look to buy one or more of the huge range of petrol station in-store ‘food’ products that don’t give our bodies the right fuel to run on?
A packet of chips or a donut are not premium fuel for the body, as examples.
Now there is little doubt that we would not want to put the wrong fuel into our cars for fear of what would happen and how much it would cost to fix: from personal experience I know it is expensive – and not to mention somewhat embarrassing to correct what has happened. The fuel tank needed to be removed and drained and the fuel system had to be flushed out. I also needed to take the day off work to get my car to the mechanic. With all this in mind, have we ever stopped to consider what is happening to our body when it has to deal with this constant supply of improper fuel?
If we drove our cars in the same manner that we are prepared to drive our bodies, then what would be the cost?
If cars represented our bodies, and we consider the way we eat and treat our bodies, then our cars would either be at the mechanic’s or the panel beater’s on a very regular basis, at a considerable cost. Every week the mechanic would say, “Your fuel filter is blocked again, what fuel have you been putting in there?”
The wrong fuel for my body used to be my everyday choice; I was overweight, always tired and constantly seeking stimulation to keep going. More coffee and sugary foods is what got me through the day. But the false ‘energy’ boost from this sort of stimulation is only ever short-lived before the inevitable coming down, and then the need arises to seek more stimulation again; a cycle with no beginning and no end, just a constant feeling of blah.
Then, about 13 years ago I met Serge Benhayon and through his loving support, and the teachings of Universal Medicine, I was presented with a new and true way to fuel and run my body. I then chose to take what was presented and make that part of my everyday livingness.
That everyday livingness now has me eating salads, vegetables and fruit, proteins like meat, fish and nuts, and drinking water or herbal tea. My job involves lots of physical work and consuming the right fuel helps maintain my energy levels so my body does not feel tired or become exhausted.
So why did I choose a fuel for the body that did not help it run on all cylinders?
My choice was to not be responsible for the way I drove my body and as my body suffered, I looked for foods and drinks to stimulate it to feel better or dull the body in order to get through the day.
What if OUR choice was to only put the right fuel in our bodies?
Imagine if we all chose fuel for our bodies that gives us optimal performance day after day, also choosing to live in a way that never leaves us run down or exhausted, but vital and being able to live a full day every day without reaching for something to stimulate us to keep going.
What would be the cost if we all changed the way we ate and lived?
Could it be possible that there would be far less illness and disease and therefore far fewer people seeking medical attention from living in an ill way as I once used to?
Would we not have more vitality and hence be able to live much more fulfilled lives instead of spending countless dollars and hours seeking healing and medical attention from the choices we’ve made?
What will be your choice of fuel for your body today? I know what mine is.
Inspired by Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and its amazing practitioners and my Everyday Livingness.
By Mick Scheenhouwer, Carpenter, Brisbane
Men In Livingness
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I Found Observing My Body is a Great Support
When your body is a loved and cherished vintage model you realise that you have to treat yourself with extra care and delicacy and be gentle with the accelerator and brake and appreciate the attention to detail as you move gently through life.
We can get into a downward spiral when it comes to eating the wrong foods that have a lot of sugar content as this gives us spikes in energy. When we hit the low spot we seek something to stimulate us again so that we feel the high. this can be a difficult cycle to come out of assuming we acknowledge we are in this cycle to start with.
I have eaten considerably better this week then I did the week before and the changes in myself are immense, I feel amazing, life feels more simpler and all because I have chosen to eat what was true for my body.
Yes Anonymous, we all know what is good for our body and what is clearly not. Honouring this knowing is the healthiest way of treating ourselves
Finding our way through a sugary minefield is open to interpretation according to how much we intake and when we stop all sugary foods even the slightest sweetness can send us out of control.
Just as its not helpful to put the wrong food in our body, so to is it bad to allow in negative thoughts.
If we all chose to eat and drink what the body is calling for in order to work at the optimum level then there would be no problem with feeding the world.
Food can be used to nourish and nurture ourselves, or to dull and dampen down who we truly are.
Another thing to consider is that the fuel we need for our body keeps changing as our bodies, age, weather, cycles and lifestyle change – so it is a never ending discernment for maximum performance, health, love, care, awareness and joy in life.
When we pull in to the pit stop of life, there are only two pumps to choose from: the cheap gas that raises you up then slams you down, and gets you moving crazy, or the fuel that nourishes every part of you, and comes with high levels of truth, stillness and evolution. Why on earth would we go for anything other than option two, and Love? Did I mention the second type has responsibility off the charts?
This is great analogy not just for the right fuel but also for filling up the car too much, never would we fill up our car so much so that it overspills, yet to often we over fill our stomachs way more then they need.
Yes and the fuel not only applies to what we eat and drink but also what we hear, say and how we react etc. Many feed their bodies with music and emotions that can cause even more harm than the wrong food fuel.
Eating too much food is really harmful to our bodies, the excess food is simply converted to sugar, and we all know how harmful sugar is to our bodies.
A beautiful insight into the care we give our cars and the care we give our bodies and the real effects of this and implications in our lives and the responsibility we have . A great reflection and pondering on the amazingness and love we can have in our bodies and our lives.
It is true if our bodies were cars they would be in the garage every five minutes and yet we can appear to be looking after our cars but there is no way of hiding the effects of our choices on our bodies.
It doesn’t make any sense why we would choose fuel (food) that slows us down, makes us feel heavy, dull and sick. Since I heard Serge Benhayon present about spirit and soul everything started to make sense. I now understand why I have such a struggle with certain things in life and why the world is the way it is.
I know quite a few people who spend so much time making sure their cars are super sparkling both inside and out and that’s great as there’s nothing like a sparkling clean car, but when it comes to their bodies the same level of love and care is almost totally absent. I wonder where and when, we as human beings began to bring more attention to that which is outside of us at the expense of what is inside of us, our precious and most valuable vehicle of all.
Our willingness to honour the way we feel determines our journey and destination. If doesn’t matter so much which fuel we use, if we’re ignoring our GPS – we’re destined to stay very lost.
It is wonderfully important to consider that fuel for the body not only comes from the food that we eat but also from the quality of movements that we make.
I agree with you Shami. The common school of thought is that food is our only source of energy but when we understand energy and how it works this reveals another level of responsibility that many of us may not have considered.
The quality of movements that we make, that is based on the choice of aligning to one energy or another, that then influences a whole range of choices: from the food we eat, to the emotions we allow within ourselves and take on from others, to even being aware of what we are filling ourselves up with. Are we filling ourselves up with our own deep self care ans self love, or negating that and seeking it from someone or something else?
What I have come to realise is that it is not just the food that I put in my body that counts it is about the way I eat that food. I could eat the same foods with completely different energy and the distinction on my body would absolutely be felt.
If someone was to actually give their car the wrong fuel, they’d be forced to stop and mend this mistake – empty the tank, clean it out and replace with new fuel. But what’s crazy is that when we do this in life we KEEP GOING. We override exhaustion, tiredness and feelings of depression, as a few examples, when really these are times to stop and reevaluate our fuel.
I have most of my life been health conscious, wanting to eat foods that were so called healthy for me, it was a head idea and not a body awareness for I pushed my body with the continual doing doing, with no love or self care at all. Now I am learning to listen to my body and how it is feeling and adjust my lifestyle and eating habits lovingly.
Bringing it back to connecting with our bodies, listening to what feels supportive and nurturing for them, ‘Now I am learning to listen to my body and how it is feeling and adjust my lifestyle and eating habits lovingly.’
It is important for us to bring in the aspect of nourishment to what we choose to eat, so easy it is to eat for taste, comfort, stimulation and energy boosting. When the body feels nourished and loved it is hugely supportive for daily life.
The more I listen to the wisdom of my body, the more awareness there is of what needs refining in order to keep it running harmoniously.
A great reminder of the responsibility we have for our bodies to support them completely. When we live in a way that nourishes and nurtures – then it is not just about us but also about how we can support others to also take responsibility.
Our reflections and choices to eat food that support and nourishes can be very powerful as it is not only the food that is noted but all the other movements we make that are clocked over time.
This is such a common sense approach- it is interesting that we don’t normally think like this though. We treat our bodies like we can do whatever we like to them- ingest any foods, go into emotions, treat it recklessly- we often have more regard for our material things then we do for our own bodies.
‘..and not to mention somewhat embarrassing to correct what has happened.’ This phrase has to do with your car but are we truly embarrassed when we visit the health professional and our lifestyle is not supporting us but instead we are putting all kind of food/drinks/thoughts in our body which are detoriating and leaving us less than who we are.
The analogy of using the right fuel for the car, and ignoring our body is par for the course…it seems that the closer something is to us we do anything to avoid it… like choosing to address the way we speak… now thats really up close and personal ..:-)
We use poisonous fuel to keep our bodies going. From coffee in the morning to the glass of wine at night everything is meticulously planned to maintain function at the expense of ease and true vitality.
It is so true that we take greater care with many of our belongings than we do our bodies, yet it is only through our bodies that we can truly live life to the fullest with vitality and well-being, through how we love and care for ourselves.
This is so true Carola. I remember falling over and badly damaging both my hand and my shoe. I was more upset about the shoe than I was about the hand because ‘the hand could heal’. I knew it was crazy at the time but the arrogance of it astounds me now.
No matter what our age, or daily job, the right fuel supports us to have the most alert and healthy body we can, to attend to what we need to every day.
Mick something for us all to consider is the fact that we are willing to always (unless a crazy lapse of awaerness) put the right fuel in our cars, the one that supports them to go and not break down – yet we don’t have that level of care for our bodies. Its as if we value what is outside of us and cost us money more than the divine body we grew up with.
For ages I thought that this fuel pertained to just the food that you ate, but now I can see that the greatest part is the quality of energy you say yes to letting through our body. There are only two types – don’t be fooled by the clever branding – what is from heaven and what is not. Thank you Mick for this blog.
Beautifully said Joseph – and if we are willing, it is very clear to see and feel the difference in our bodies, between living with love and living with all that is not of love.
Our bodies are incredible power houses that love to work long hours, but only when we treat them well, and put the right fuel into them. The difference when I eat the right/wrong food is huge in the quality of my thoughts, how I move, how I relate to myself and the world. I never used to even consider how food might affect my mood and thoughts, but by experimenting with how different foods make me feel, I now eat in a way where I have energy consistently throughout the day, and feel much steadier and consistent. It feels amazing to not have the highs and lows that I used to, the craving for something sweet to pick me up, or need to relax myself with alcohol. What I eat is now much simpler, more nourishing and more delicious, and so is how I feel, and life in general.
My body is amazing what I have put it through, and still do considering what I know and am aware of. It’s worth noting we have a being inside of us that is the human spirit that does not care one ounce about the body. A significant detail — do I want to be fully aware or dull myself from accepting the absoluteness of the love there is and the responsibility there is to reflect this.
I imagine that there would be very few of the seven billion people in this world whose bodies are running on all cylinders and if you take a close look at what ‘human fuel’ is sold, not only in every service stations but in every supermarket, it is easy to understand why. We need to become our own mechanics, very honest ones, whose care for our bodies is of the utmost quality, so we are able to move through our lives on all precious cylinders
I’m continually amazed what the body can do and how much it can achieve. Add to this the feeling of joy that can potentially deepen daily and you have The Way of The Livingness.
It’s a great point and is very confronting when we are faced with how we treat our bodies. It even goes so far as maintenance. Most of us service our cars regularly but having regular checkups, be it the dentist, pap-smears, a skin check…often they get left on the back burner and forgotten until something drastic happens. I’m pondering if it’s a lack of self worth, that we don’t value ourselves in the same way we value something we have paid a lot of money for that if we don’t maintain will cost us money.
It is interesting that we generally take more care of our cars (and horses come to mind here too) than for our bodies of which we expect ongoing and everlasting functionality and service without ever checking in what the right fuel might be. Instead we frequently opt for convenience or fast food, at the expense of our vitality and the enjoyment of life.
It is so easy to get distracted in the supermarket by the special offers or the enticingly packaged foods but if we maintain our focus and sense of purpose and only buy what we need to nourish our bodies we save time, money and loss of energy from the consequence of our meanderings.
Really if we do not get the right fuel into our bodies we don’t have the foundation to have a truly successful life. Get the right fuel and we have the building blocks to live the quality of life we all want.
Who is in the driving seat of our vehicle when we choose to put sugar in the fuel tank? If someone else did this to our high performance vehicle it would be vandalism, so it is interesting to realise that we are vandalising our vehicle when we weigh it down with unwelcome fuel.
Yes Mick, they say just 2 tanks of premium gas can clear out your engine… premium food is definitely the way to go ..:-)
Quality fuel for our body supports quality movements and clarity of thought, it’s basic common sense really.
Seeing food as fuel does bring in more of a responsibility towards what is then chosen to put into our bodies, because we are all very careful what fuel we put into our cars as we don’t want it to break down. Unfortunate that most don’t have this kind of consideration for the body when choosing what to eat.
How often do we think of food as fuel, rather than something that tastes great? I know my diet is super healthy but I don’t often consider food fuel, I wonder if I change my approach to food it would change what I ate – food for thought!
I can remember how utterly horrified I felt, as well as totally embarrassed, when I put diesel instead of petrol into the van of the organisation I was working for. My first worry was the damage I might have done to the engine and the next was having to let them know. But if I cast my mind back to that time I wasn’t worried nearly as much when I fed my body food that was going to damage its internal ‘engine’; now that really doesn’t make sense at all but it is how I lived. These days the fuel that I choose for my body is as high a quality as the fuel that I put into my car and as a result we are both running smoothly on all cylinders.
If we wanted to build a brick house we would not build it with wood, if we want to live in a body of love we would not choose disregard.