I remember studying for the SAT and getting particularly hung up on verbal analogy questions. For those of you who live outside of the States, the SAT is a test many high school students take before applying to colleges. The better your score, generally speaking, the better the school you can gain admission to.
Verbal analogy questions look something like this:
CRUMB : BREAD ::
(A) ounce : unit
(B) splinter : wood
(C) water : bucket
(D) twine : rope
(E) cream : butter
The goal is to determine which of the multiple choice answers is analogous to the relationship between the two items that are in all capital letters (CRUMB & BREAD).
You have to ask yourself, what is the relationship between CRUMB and BREAD?
The answer of course is that a CRUMB is a small piece of BREAD. You then remove CRUMB and BREAD from that sentence and see which of the answers fit.
______is a small piece of _______.
The answer, as you may have guessed is B: splinter: wood.
What does this have to do with being a Well-Fed Woman?
Literally everything I teach is about relationships. How we relate to ourselves. How we relate to food. How we relate to our bodies. How we relate to pleasure. How we relate to hunger and desire. How we relate to discomfort.
It’s all relationships. Relationships precede action. Relationships determine actions.
The moment of contact between two things determines everything that happens next. Do they bounce off each other? Do they embrace? Do they nuzzle up side to side? Do they say yes to each other? or no?
If you desire a better relationship with anything, make sure you’re viewing it as a relationship.
If you desire a better relationship with anything, slow it all down and see what’s happening at the point of contact.
Try it for yourself. Pick one of the following options to create your own mock SAT question:
I: MY HUNGERS
Now pick the option below that’s most analogous:
(A) Harry Potter:Voldemort
(B) Bert: Ernie
(C) Cold War Russia: Cold War USA
(D) Bunny’s Mother:Runaway Bunny
(B) The English Language:Gibberish
(C) Fred Astair:Ginger Rogers
(D) White Spy:Black Spy (from Spy v. Spy)
(G) Switzerland: Non-Swiss Conflicts
(H) Treasure Hunter: Treasure Map
(I) Two Peas: Pod
This might seem like a silly exercise. It kind of is.
Though in all seriousness, the relationship we have to ourselves (and to our hungers, our pleasure, our bodies, etc.) is such a powerful determinant of how fulfilling our lives will be.
Relationships are dynamic, they don’t remain in one stagnant form. If you’re wanting a better relationship with yourself, or any of these things I’ve mentioned, you can live your way into that better relationship.
Start with how you greet yourself in the morning. Is it kind?
Start with the tone in your voice when you talk to yourself. Is it warm?
Start with saying “yes, my love” when your body requests rest. It generally knows what’s best for us.
Start with prolonging any activity that gives you deep pleasure. Pleasure is a sign we’re on the right track.
Start with speaking up for yourself…yourself who is your friend.
If you want a better relationship, start by viewing it as a relationship to begin with, then be inside of that relationship in a harmonious and kind way.
And here’s the kicker: our relationship with ourselves, determines our relationship with others.
Yes, we tend to be kinder to others when we are kind to ourselves, but perhaps more importantly, abuse from others becomes intollerable when we are not in an abusive relationship with ourselves.
If you see the picture above, the one with the plug and socket, you’ll see a perfect analogy for what I’m getting at.
Our relationship with ourselves molds our “socket” and only plugs that fit can plug in. (Ever tried to plug an American plug into a German socket? Take my word for it, doesn’t work)
Because I’m in a loving relationship with myself, anyone who might seek to relate to me as anything less simply doesn’t fit. It doesn’t compute. I’ve created the mold.
I talk to a lot of women who doubt their lovability. I used to be one of those women. In fact, I didn’t just doubt my lovability, I outright believed that I wasn’t lovable. Overtime, though, I decided to love myself and my own “socket” changed shape. Overtime, I came into relationship with myself the way I wanted others to relate to me.
What kind of relationships are you in?