When Hungry … Eat!

… eat, O friends … drink abundantly, O beloved.

— Song of Solomon 5:1


We must do the drinking. No one else can do this for us.

— The Science of Mind, page 246


When Hungry … Eat!

Part of my life’s “education” consisted of living in a cave on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. My son and 1, in order to get home to our cave, which was located in a valley, had to hike several miles up and down a steep mountainside. One day we encountered a tourist from the mainland … a rare occurrence.


“Excuse me,” he said as he approached. “Do you happen to know what time it is?”


“Time?” I questioned. “Oh, I threw my watch away … weeks ago.”


“You did!” he asked incredulously. “Well, how do you know when to eat?”


I walked on, remembering Po-Chang’s succinct comment during the 9th century: “When hungry, eat; when tired, sleep.” I felt saddened by the man’s question, as though mankind were reduced to asking a timepiece when to live. I thought of Carl Jung’s statement that a man out of touch with nature (including his own) is automatically neurotic.


Later that day I thanked God for the gigantic black and lemon yellow moth I was privileged to observe sleeping, and the red lace dragonfly that took a free ride on my shoulder for an hour.


Living with and in nature has helped me to shed my “citified” ways and get more and more in tune with the Divine Mind that dwells within me. As a result I lead a natural, unencumbered existence. I know … life is in the living.


Thank you, God, for the privilege of my life.

I attune myself to my inner clock, the Divine timepiece,

which guides me this day to eat when I am hungry;

to sleep when I am tired; and to live every moment.

I am in tune!

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