Have you ever noticed for a moment, that feeling of being thin? I believe we have all felt it whether consciously or not. Like you put on your loosest pants and there you are, all free and it feels great. It is a fleeting moment of whew I am not so HERE, especially around the waste! Not so tangled and so here in a lot of ways: here pressing on the earth, here pressing on my lungs, instead there is a light featheriness, like the greens on the carrot top. For a moment it is as though my existence and absence will be less imposing. I am wondering if gaining weight is a way of clinging to the earth. Like being hooked on being on the planet, like at least I can stay here…when the reality is we can’t. We can use it as a way to run from the reality of impermanance.
Most times I feel like the carrot, sometimes I feel like the carrot tops. I think anyone can feel that way, like when you put on a loose fitting set of clothes, doesn’t that feel great? Like you are less of an imposition, less imposing, and less imposed on, just here having no effect.
We can see what can happen when someone feels unwanted, isolated, and outcast. Coincidentally something happened in my office the same week that brought to my attention an experience an Asian American was having and how defensive he had become after having been labeled incorrectly for so many years. He was so angry at someone’s assuming he was Asian (and not American) he came back to complain. It is easier to gain compassion realizing when someone is going through some crap. Anyway, the respect, when people feel respected that can be very powerful for a society’s health.
That brings me to the thin point, overweight people are going through pointless societal pressures…getting ignored, treated like less and it is just so wrong.
Just because a person is having a thin diet does not mean they are “better”. I recognize that a lot of privilege comes free with being thin. Everyone deserves respect, we are all just looking for a little respect, to feel accepted…I know I will make assumptions sometimes and at my job today we are having such a hectic business, yikes. We have to be compassionately approaching ourselves too, otherwise how can we approach others with compassion when we aren’t even skilled at giving it to ourselves. Best of luck out there! Awake in this moment.