This month I’m going to be working my way through the first of the 12 Movements of Resiliency , which is Food. We begin with this most basic of human needs for a reason, as it is foundational to our well-being and resiliency. Good, healthy, and sustainable food should be a human right, but unfortunately instead there are people going hungry all around the world.
I was reminded yet again to be grateful for my own food security this week as I unloaded my weekly groceries into the pantry and fridge and flipped on the radio. A story about the climate change-caused famine in Madagascar came on, outlining the dire conditions people are facing there.
Here I am, putting away the $200 of mostly organic food I’ve just purchased at the local Food Co-Op, which will feed my family of four for a week, and aren’t we incredibly lucky to have that? Here, in a wealthy country, we can easily take food for granted. Of course, that’s not true for everyone in this nation of income and resource inequality: an estimated 42 million people in America are food insecure and hungry. So I really want to remember and to be grateful for the blessings of good food that I do receive, as well as reach out compassionately to those without and work to make the whole food system more just and sustainable.
It’s a large and complex issue! Join me here this month as I explore it more. I’ll bring some of the exercises and reflections from the 12 Movements program to this space, as well as other resources, reflections, and ideas.
May we all find greater resiliency, together. Blessings,