Do wild animals have an obesity problem?

When it comes to the question of why we eat what we eat, the animal kingdom is a rather contrasting reflection that reveals how much we differ in our natural eating rhythms; food for human beings is far more consumed based on our relationship with ourselves and the world around us than it is for supplying our body with the necessary fuel it requires to live and thrive.

Whilst obesity in dogs, cats and domesticated animals is exploding,[i] a fat wild animal is not to be seen. Is there something we have lost – a connection to ourselves – that wild animals have not? Wild animals eat what they need – no more, no less – with no fries, extra salt, second serves or super-sized portions and, far from being miserable, sick, tired or anxious, they live every day vital, aware and engaged. Unlike us they do not struggle with ‘to be or not to be’, they just are. The giraffe does not try to be a lion, and the zebra does not count its stripes to know if it is beautiful, good enough or accepted and approved: they don’t need to soothe emotional unrest.

What, how and when we eat has strayed very far from our connection to an internal compass that knows by feel what we need and is at ease with our role and purpose in the world that we are all, humans and animals, equally part of.

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Why do we choose the wrong over the right?

Are we influenced by our intellect rather than trusting our own natural wisdom?

Is it possible that weight loss has nothing to do with food, and everything to do with our connection to ourselves and our awareness in life?

Remember when you were a child and you woke up feeling alive and ready for the day? When you didn't need anything to get you out of bed and into the day? It is common that somewhere along the line from having this feeling as children to becoming an adult, we lose connection to this way of being within ourselves and become weighed down, dulled or anxious and start to use food as way of self-medicating our uncomfortable feelings and filling the emptiness that grows beneath the surface of our lives.

"Eating to fill an emptiness is eating to fill a void that could be otherwise filled with the love that you are."

Michael Benhayon

If we consider that food is one of the first elements we have access to and are offered from our early years as a means to comfort ourselves from uncomfortable feelings, it is understandable that eating becomes a behaviour we continue to use to cope because it has seemingly worked for us, but the effects come with a price that costs us our body, our vitality and our joy, in a way that we cannot truly appreciate until we begin to once again live and eat in a way that invites their return.

Wild animals remind us of this and in comparison to them we only have to look at the state of our bodies across the globe to see how our relationship with food has strayed away from supplying fuel for the natural health of our bodies, to eating in a way that is fuelled by emotions and needs that no amount of food can ever deliver us.

Looking at programs and photos of wild animals it is remarkable to see and feel in their stature and gaze the quality of connection that these animals have with themselves – their presence in their bodies is clearly seen, as is their awareness of and relationship with their environment. They are not trying to please anyone, to do anything to fit in, they are just being themselves eating, resting and living in accord with, not against, their bodies.

Why don’t we eat in a way that is consistently honouring and in accord with our body and its simple requirements for sustenance?

"You want an answer for why there is so much worldwide obesity and why it is still escalating? People put on weight to hide their light and or hide their emotional pain. It is as simple as that."

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations, p 613

Our environment makes it easy to disconnect from the natural rhythms our bodies and the bodies of wild animals are tuned into by design. When we stray from this connection and live outside of the rhythm that encompasses all of life equally, complications arise and humanity showcases these in our physical, mental and emotional states of ill health.

Do wild animals have an obesity problem?

No. Yet we human beings, despite our sophisticated advances, have much to learn from animals living in the wild in tune with a rhythm we have overridden, but can return to, by turning down the volume of the world and making it easy for ourselves to listen to the tune our bodies know by heart when it comes to sleeping, moving, eating, working and playing well. When we are connected to the natural quality that we are, we are inspired to live in a more harmoniously balanced way than our current state, which leads us to live, eat and indulge in ways that abuse and cause us harm.

To watch a wild animal move is like seeing a symphony play out as every part of their body moves with purpose and in flow towards the task at hand. They are present, focused and aware and their eyes are taking everything in. For we human beings our bodies, eyes and our waistlines reflect our fluctuating relationship with the natural rhythm that our wild animal kingdom forever reminds us is there for us to connect with, tune into and live in accordance with, to our great benefit and our true evolution.

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