if your essential self were a food, what would it be? hint: mine is red jello. why? read on…

A question for pondering:

If your essential self was a food, what would it be?

Hint: whatever comes up first for you is often a good thing to go with. Your auto-instincts are often from deep in your essential self. This is the good, true stuff.

Here’s what came up for me–on the first call of my Martha Beck Life Coach training.

Red jello.

Next pondering: Why? Yeah, why? It’s not even healthy, I never eat the stuff, and it has that really not good for you red dye in it.

But jello is, actually, to me–delightful! I ate it as a kid. It was wiggly and jiggly and made me happy. It was a treat. It was fun. It was clear and shiny and, straight from the fridge, downright soothing. My mom made it for me when I was sick and couldn’t/wouldn’t eat anything else. It made me feel better. It makes me smile. It makes me feel light and free and happy–like the sun is shining even if it isn’t.

So, yup, this is how I envision my essential self. Red jello.

Here’s the COOLEST thing about hearing everyone else’s answers. Each person was invited, encouraged and demonstrated their own self-love, mostly through self-awareness. Nobody said, “I have no flaws.” It was all, “So I’m not always good for you. I’m not perfect, and I’m okay with that.”

So, if your essential self was a food, what would it be?

  • – dark chocolate?
    – cherries?
    – poutine?
    – fish fillet?
  • You want it, you got it.

    The ‘Why?’ part is the most fun. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

    With love,


    Sep 13, 2011 · Comment

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