Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mealtime & Inclusion

Here's a little story about community and mealtime: 

About 4 years ago I found my spiritual family in Sikhism and 3HO Foundation. It was so exciting to finally feel at home in a community of people. 2 ago, I discovered that I have a fairly common gene mutation, which affects my health greatly. It was such a relief to discover why my health had seemed so fragile throughout my life, and it gave me a recipe to stay my healthiest. In order to avoid anemia and illness, I must avoid a lot of food additives and LEGUMES.

I'm learning how important food can be, as I try to navigate gatherings like Gurdwara and Solstice events in a vegetarian community whose diet is based primarily on legumes (soy, dal, mung beans, etc.). It means I have to decline a lot of food, make my own, bring my own, and risk offending people who don't fully understand why I am rejecting their love offering. I feel badly about this, and it does alienate me as I feel less included in mealtime.

On the other hand, I feel very blessed to know I have a G6PD deficiency, as most people who live with this do not know they have it, and their health problems remain a constant mystery to them. It is a double-edged sword. I'm sharing this because I also realize that no one truly and completely fits into a group. We are all unique and have varying physical/emotional/psychological requirements that may make us feel alone in the group. We are all included in God though. We are all One, despite the illusory evidence pointing to the contrary.



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