Mindful Nourishment Eric
Heart-guided living gets lots of accolades on this website, because for those of us living in the west, our culture is unhealthily skewed towards mind-dominance. All of our relationships, including that which we have with food, is shaped largely by our minds. We could all benefit from more of a balance in this regard.
But let’s start where we’re at. Because our minds are wonderful things, and very useful in many ways, especially as we begin to re-train our brains so that we can bust out of synaptic ruts that keep us less healthy and happy than we could be.
Eventually, as with any living prayer practice, our conscious minds are no longer needed. Mindfulness becomes Quiet Mind somewhere along the way, and then we are walking the heart path. Our minds can then rest until they’re truly needed – like when we need to stay alert behind the wheel of a car.
When we respect our food, preparing it and taking it into our bodies with appreciation and full presence, it can nourish us so much more deeply. Every sensory receptor heightens, every capillary dilates in order to let the nourishment really sink in, on all levels. Digestive enzymes function at their peak. Energetically, we become aligned with what we are consuming. Eating this way, we experience oneness and connection with all the nutrients joining our body and becoming a part of us. Deep, deep nourishment.
There are MANY exercises and practices that can help us connect with this foodlosophy.
As we become aligned in our nourishment practices, we begin to hear what our bodies are asking for. We start noticing what feels good and brings vitality, and what isn’t actually serving our health and wellness. I say deep listen to your body because when we listen on the surface, we can be fooled by food cravings that aren’t actually good for us.
“I need to eat Swiss Chalet right now! I just heard the jingle and my mouth watered, which must be my body’s way of telling me.”
In meeting this level of cravings, we are likely feeding an addiction, an emotion, or even a yeast imbalance (or, in the mouth-watering scenario above, simply proving we’re susceptible to Pavlov conditioning). In any case: it’s the deeper listening we want, which comes from mindful nourishment practices.
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