Nourishing the Body
I have discovered that there is a direct relationship between nourishing our body and the awakening of the Soul. When we eat healthy, nourishing, living foods, the Soul feels nourished and supported and it has room to move. When the Soul has room to move, it has room to grow and to be birthed through us. When we fill our bodies full of chemically-laden, over-processed, dead and deadening foods, our Soul gets grumpy and lets us know by either making us physically ill or creating emotional havoc. The old adage is true, “We are what we eat,” and if we fill our bodies full of garbage, then we feel like garbage. When we treat the temple of our body as sacred, magnificent and holy and nourish it with magical, life-giving foods, we become magical and full of life.
Every Body is Unique
Now, that being said, I am not one to tout one specific philosophy of eating over another. Instead, I encourage you to experiment and see what feels right to you. Start listening to your body and your Soul – they will tell you what they like and what they do not. For example, recently, I am finding my body leaning toward a alkaline/raw/vegetarian approach, but I have also learned that in the fall and winter, my body prefers some cooked meals, and there are days when my body CRAVES meat – mostly beef or venison, preferably grass-fed and hormone free. I have also discovered that whole grains are sometimes a necessary complement to my other food choices. I have also learned that processed grains (ie: White bread, pasta) and refined sugars are not my friends. Neither are spicy, nightshade (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant), or acidic foods. The point is – listen to your body and see what is says to you – it doesn’t matter if you choose vegan, vegetarian, raw, ovo-lacto, or carnivorous, as long as it works for YOUR body and that your choices are healthy….and living foods. PS: You can tell if the food you are eating are living foods by how they make you feel. For example, Taco Hell’s Cantinabeana Bowl (though promoted as “healthy”) is made of dead food. And I’m pretty sure what they are serving at McD….(you know who) is Soilent Green! YUK!
Making Nourishment Fun
Now, here is the most important part of nourishing your body so as to awaken the Soul – MAKE IT FUN!!!! And what that means is treat yourself to pretty, fun and good quality food preparation equipment and whatever you do, do not skimp on the single most important cooking tool – A GOOD KITCHEN KNIFE!!!!!! Believe me, you will thank yourself for investing in a knife (or knives) that cut cleanly, remain sharp and don’t snag on your chopping block! I swear by Wusthof knives….and Macy’s often has them on sale! A good knife makes cooking easy and fun and when it is easy and fun, we are more likely to give our energy and attention to it!
Feed your Belly, Feed your Creativity
When we take the time to feed our belly through the preparation of healthy, colorful, living foods, not only are we feeding our belly – we are feeding the creativity center in the center of our belly. The sacral chakra – responsible for creativity, procreation and co-creation, resides in the center of our lower abdomen. Food preparation is a creative activity. When we engage in this activity, we are stimulating and supporting our creativity center. When we stimulate and support our creativity, our Soul is happy and starts to sing and dance which further stimulates our creative leanings. Each of us has been uniquely and creatively gifted to find fulfillment, love, joy and peace in our lives and this creativity resides in the center of our belly. Our job is to take care of it so that it can mature, grow and be brought forth into the world. When we nurture our Soul through preparation and consumption of healthy, living foods, we are providing for its growth and development in the same way we have provided for the growth and development of our children. Nourish the Body. Nourish the Soul!
Then…..share your joy with others
Being raised in a family of six, I only know how to cook for 6-10. As such, I always have leftovers and way more than I could eat before the freshness fades. So what do I do? I make one for me and one to share! There is a certain sense of satisfaction in sharing our fruits with others, and in the process we are helping to nourish another’s body so that their Soul may also awaken. In the spirit of sharing, check out the new page on my site: SOUL FOOD for my favorite nourishing and healthy recipes for awakening the Soul! And feel free to submit your favorite recipes and photos to be included. Let’s share the food love! 🙂
What are you doing to nourish your body so as to awaken your Soul?