On Eating Blueberries With Chopsticks

A couple of months ago, I began an experiment in changing my dietary habits.  Various parts of my life and my body were out of balance, and I longed to feel more control and mindfulness about the food I take in.

Among other things, I have chosen to limit sweet foods such as fruit, and to stick to the most nutrient-dense fruits, such as blueberries.  They’re delicious, round, and blue – I am certainly not depriving myself by choosing them foremost!

In order to slow down my intake, to eat them mindfully to feel full instead of in a gorging manner, I started eating them with chopsticks.  I’m no good with chopsticks; ask Grace sometime about The Chopstick Story from when we were courting.  Eating blueberries with chopsticks can be funny, or it can be elegant, delicate, and oh, so flavorful.

Slow down.  One at a time.  Make every bite an occasion.  Savor.

I hope to try this with moments, too.

May 20: The Rivers Meet the Sea

10 AM with our ministerial candidate, Jan Hutslar

The joining of each individual’s story and spirit creates the ocean of community. We celebrate the covenantal relationship of our faith, and the strength and resilience of this collective of UU’s.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

Followed by members voting on the calling of Jan as minister for our congregation.

May 6: We Are the Ones

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

Learning to see through less rose-colored (aka white) glasses can be a discomforting process and learning to put this new vision into practice is not easy.  However UU congregations all over the country are beginning to work on doing just that.   This service will reflect on the progress being made and the ways this work may deepen our spiritual practice as individuals and as a congregation.

Shared Plate this Sunday–to benefit the UUA Promise and Practice Campaign


Simultaneous children’s religious education