Crave

1: to ask for earnestly: Beg, Demand
2 (a): to want great: Need; (b) to yearn for

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Crave (v.): Old English crafianask, implore, demand by right,” from North Germanic krabojan; perhaps related to craft in its base sense of “power.” Current sense “to long for” is c. 1400, probably through intermediate meaning “to ask very earnestly” (c. 1300).

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or ‘sweetness.’”

Marion Woodman (b. 1928, Canadian mythopoetic author, women’s movement figure, and Jungian analyst, one of the most widely read authors on feminine psychology focusing on psyche and soma)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Woodman

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a fairy in possession of a good appetite must be in want of pie.”

Lisa Mantchev (American author of fantasy novels and short stories; best known for her Théatre Illuminata series)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Mantchev

“Many in the world are searching, often intensely, for a source of refreshment that will quench their yearning for meaning and direction in their lives. They crave a cool, satisfying drink of insight and knowledge that will sooth their parched souls.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917-2008, American businessman, religious leader and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_B._Wirthlin

“Love releases us into the realm of divine imagination, where the soul is expanded and reminded of its unearthly cravings and needs. We think that when a lover inflates his loved one he is failing to acknowledge her flaws - "Love is blind." But it may be the other way around. Love allows a person to see the true angelic nature of another person, the halo, the aureole of divinity. Certainly from the perspective of ordinary life this is madness and illusion. But if we let loose our hold on our philosophies and psychologies of enlightenment and reason, we might learn to appreciate the perspective of eternity that enters life as madness, Plato's divine frenzy.”

Thomas Moore (1779-1852, Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, best known for the lyrics of “The Minstrel Boy” and “The Last Rose of Summer” and for writing the book, “Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life”)

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/2771.Thomas_Moore

“My wretched passions were acute, smarting, from my continual, sickly irritability I had hysterical impulses, with tears and convulsions. I had no resource except reading, that is, there was nothing in my surroundings which I could respect and which attracted me. I was overwhelmed with depression, too; I had an hysterical craving for incongruity and for contrast, and so I took to vice.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881, “Russian novelist and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart, together with his unsurpassed moments of illumination, had an immense influence on 20th-century fiction.”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Fyodor-Dostoyevsky

Meditation

“The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or ‘sweetness.’”

Marion Woodman

 

A huge accident forced me to face my mortality and to make great nutritional changes. My nutritionist took me off of all potential toxic substances, which included not only sugar, but also caffeine, alcohol, milk, white flour, white rice, vinegar, and carbonated beverages.  I was also put on a slew of vitamins.

When I had to get off of sugar, it felt like I was detoxing from a drug. The only thing I could do is to walk it off.  Otherwise, it felt as if I was jumping out of my skin.  Those sensations of nervous anxiety lasted for about 2 weeks.  So, it didn’t surprise me to read that sugar is as toxic as any chemical substance. According to www.webmed.com:

“Researchers point to studies that show that too much sugar (both in the form of natural sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup) not only makes us fat, it also wrecks havoc on our liver, mucks up our metabolism, impairs brain functions, and may leave us susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, even cancer.”

Once I broke my sugar cravings, I developed compassion for myself, because I was able to see that we have been programmed consumed foods that are not good for us.  Cravings for sugar (along with fat and salt) was designed intentionally to turn our cravings for sweetness against us.

The jig is up, though, especially for those of us who are now educating ourselves in how to nurture and cultivate healthy habits.  Of course, it would help if we could stop pushing candy on our children, but instead shower them more and more with unconditional love

Let us continue, sojourners, to crave more for Life’s natural sweetness rather than mankind’s artificial substitutes.

Be well, my sisters and brothers!

Much Love, Tonya

 

 

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