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How Many Apples Did You Eat Today?

How Many Apples Did You Eat Today?

I was walking around Golden Gate Park recently, chatting with my spiritual running buddy Tricia Barrett, when Tricia piped up, “So how many apples have you eaten today.”

I had only eaten a bowl of brussels sprouts for breakfast, so I answered, “None.”

“Do you know what I mean by that question?” she asked.

I assumed it was some apple-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away reference, but wasn’t sure, so I asked her to clarify.

She said, “You know – Eve. The apple. How many times have you chosen to separate yourself from God today?”

I hadn’t really thought about it.

Tricia said, “I ate four apples today, and I can tell you exactly what they were.”

Apples to Apples

I thought about it and realized I wasn’t really keeping count. I had badmouthed someone who irritated me.  When my daughter wanted me to play with the nutcracker Santa, I made some excuse about why I couldn’t.  When my mother called me upset about something that happened over Thanksgiving, I launched straight into “fix Mom” mode without really listening.

If acting in love is what connects us to the Divine spark within, I had eaten three apples that day – at least, three I could recall off the top of my head.

I started thinking about apples, and ever since then, I’ve been much more aware of the ways in which we separate ourselves from Divine love. I’m not just talking about the 10 Commandments here, though certainly those may apply. I’m talking about the subtle things, the choices we make every day that draw us away from our highest self.

How We Separate Ourselves From The Divine

1.     Speaking badly about someone else (regardless of whether or not we’re “right”)

2.     Lashing out in anger

3.     Holding a grudge and choosing not to forgive

4.     Judging others

5.     Excessive busyness that keeps us from feeling a sense of spiritual connection

6.     Cheating

7.     Betraying a confidence

8.     Failing to nurture your body as the temple that it is (smoking, overeating, not exercising, etc)

9.     Overindulging on mind-altering substances that distance you from the Divine (drugs, alcohol, etc.)

10.  Telling a little white lie to avoid conflict or get us out of trouble

I’m sure there are many more.

We all eat apples every day, usually making excuses and rationalizations about why such behavior is okay. But what if we told ourselves the truth, not in a beat-yourself-up sort of way, but the way Tricia does?

Tricia knows how many apples she ate today, even though she’s still eating them.

Do you?

How ‘bout them apples,


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Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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1:15AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Thanks for Sharing.

11:21AM PST on Dec 15, 2012


7:39AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Wow, will keep in mind

4:41PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

so in other word love war, see no evil, speak of no evil, think of no evil... criticize nothing and if we are in contact with the divine we don't have to worry about the human race going extinct.
I'm not saying make war on war but what about ignoring it.?

3:11AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Brussel sprouts for breakfast?

7:56PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

So true.

8:39PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Thanks for reminding me.

7:27AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Thank you!

5:38AM PST on Jan 5, 2012


4:37AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Thank you

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