To sustain any long term healthful activity it has to be enjoyable; not every part of it all the time perhaps but enough that we gravitate back to it almost subconsciously. Just as the body has its energy equilibrium the mind too has the property of self-stability that brings it back to a favored zone.
In feeding only the bare needs of the organism and not mere sensation in the mind we reach an equilibrium different to our usual, higher up on a scale of objectivity and strangely impersonal. It’s enough for the body to thrive but not so much the mind falls asleep with gluttony. We weigh the passive sensation of overeating against the active exhilaration of self-restraint and point ourselves toward the latter with ease. We have a deeper understanding of the body’s innate sensory balance. To eat “exciting” pleasurizing food is later to consume “boring” plain food, gratification shifted along the timeline.
Later on once bodyweight equilibrium is reached the pressure needed to push away from excess food can be so slight and constant as to be almost imperceptible, like the barely moving air on a hot afternoon. It becomes not so much a regime as a lifestyle; a natural growth whose roots touch almost everything we do. Its color and texture is not just spray painted on the surface but interior and innate, it’s simply what we are and how we live.
A meditative lifestyle draws different strands of being together; thinking, eating and all other activities. Like the proverbial single stick bundled with other sticks each gains the strength of being part of an integrated whole, giving resilience at the same time as taking it.
We have both the innocence of the here and now and the maturity to bring immediacy to future needs. To master time is essentially to master ourselves.