Q&A: God and Overeating

Q: How can I apply the directive to know God in all your ways to overeating?

A: The Ba’al Shem Tov teaches that a person should always keep in mind that everything that he does, over and above the 613 mitzvot, is an opportunity to meet God. We must strive to strike a perfect balance between being very much in this world, while simultaneously being totally connected to God. If a person feels that when he sits down to eat he is actually creating a meeting ground with God, it will be difficult for him to overeat. In a case of too-frequent snacks, the meeting ground with God would be at the point of the decision NOT to snack.

 

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