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The Disconnect with our food

I decided to throw out the concept of outlining my blog posts, because for me that is the most painful part of writing. My words tend to flow better when I don’t have to follow a step by step guide on what I want to talk about. So, here ya go, and I’m sorry.

               This topic comes to you off the coat tails of the conversation we had on Around Grandfather Fire (a podcast) with the one and only Beth Griggs. Beth is a yoga therapist, spiritual councilor, an ayurvedic healer, and so much more. We touched on many different topics, but one in particular had been mulling around in my brain juices for a while now and I decided it was time to put those thoughts into a semi understandable format. Again, I’m sorry.

               The topic itself stemmed from the concept of the 5 bodies of yoga, centering around the physical body, or the “food” body as they refer to it. In yoga, they call the physical body the food body because it needs food and it IS food. Once this concept was explained to us, we spiraled down into a topic that I have been steeping myself in like a nice bag of tea steeps in warm water. Slow and staining if spilled.

               The topic being thus, what if the disconnect so many people experience with their spirit or energetic body is because we have disconnected our physical (or food) body from the food we consume that gives us the energy for our daily activities? And what if the first steps we take to heal this disconnect stem from healing our relationship (yes relationship!) with our food and how we prepare and consume it?

               Time for a little mind exercise. Think back to your teenage days to those annoying journals you would get that would ask dumb questions like “What did you have for breakfast? OR Dinner?”. I’m going to ask you those dumb questions. What did you have for breakfast? Was it good? Was it good because you actually enjoyed it? OR was it good because your memory of that breakfast tells you that it was good one time and it will forever be translated as being good? What was the last snack you ate? What was the last thing you drank? You still with me? Ok, good. Think about all those meals and think about what you were doing during those meals. Were you seated at a table or on the couch? Did you arrange the food artfully? Did you just pile it onto the plate like a barbarian? Did you take your time eating, or did you shovel it into your mouth? Before you started eating, did you get to the level of hunger that caused you to scarf your food down like a starving dog? Did you enjoy your food? Do you even remember what you ate?

               That’s an awful lot of questions, my apologies. There is a purpose to this, I promise. In today’s day and age, we live life so fast. We drive fast cars to and from our destinations, we order fast food through the drive through, we have all the information at the tips of our finger, our music is fast. We are conditioned to move through life so quickly that now, if you stop to be mindful or just to slow down, you are labeled as being lazy, stupid, lethargic, etc etc. But I don’t believe we were ever meant to move this quickly. I don’t think we were meant to move faster then the rate of the natural evolution of life. It’s no wonder why people suffer from so much anxiety, depression, anger! We aren’t allowed to slow down based off of societies standards of living. Only the rich and privileged are allowed these luxuries and we are taxed for it. (that’s a whole nuther tangent that I will spare you).

               We are in a place in our world that we are very lucky. I can drive 5 miles down the road and pick up dinner for tonight and have little to no prep involved in order to feed my family. I no longer have to hunt or forage for what I would need to create a meal. I no longer have to dress the carcass of an animal in order to have steaks for dinner. I have a guy for that. But in a way, I think this is where we began to screw ourselves when it came to our connection and over all health. Can you believe that there are people out there who feel like they can’t trust something unless it comes out of a prepackaged meal? That’s insane to me! Granted, I grew up in a rural town in the middle of no where’s ville, but still. You could plant an apple tree and there would be people that wouldn’t eat that apple because it wasn’t in the food stand at the grocery store! Even though, somewhere, a farmer picked that apple off of a very similar tree, dropped it into a box and sent it to that store so you could eat it!

               There’s a lot, and I’m sorry. Ok, back on point. Our ancestors, and not even that far back, had to work the land and buy seeds or store seeds each year, plant and care for those seeds till they grew into life giving plants, harvest those plants, and then prepare those for storage or for the nights meal. Their life’s blood went into those fields, sometimes literally, as well as their energy. I tell people all the time at work that when they have a plant that isn’t doing well, even though they are doing everything the internet told them to do, to just talk to it. Share space with the plant, acknowledge it and offer it a bit of your energy. 10 times out of 10 they come back astonished that talking to their plant actually worked.

               That’s called anyi, or sacred reciprocity. It can also be considered an energetic exchange. They give you oxygen, you give them back CO2. It’s a sacred balance between plants and people. They give us food while we are alive, and when we die, we feed them. Balance.

               If you’re sitting there still stuck on the questions that I asked above, thinking “Well, I don’t remember what I had for breakfast. It might have been a bagel, or was it eggs and toast? Did I eat breakfast this morning?” I have a way for you to return the focus to your food. It doesn’t take much effort or time. It’s simply changing your awareness. And as a bonus, at the end of this blog I will offer you a prayer for all the spirits that go into your food that nourish you throughout the day.

               Start by pausing before each meal. Make sure all devices are turned off or turned away and you are able to really focus on what you are eating. Look at the food. Did you make this? Or are you currently listening to the cellophane wrapper crinkling as your trying to get comfortable staring at your food? What is on your plate (or lap)? What colors can you pick out? What smells come to your nose? How does it feel? Is it soft? Crunchy? Leafy? What emotions rise up within you when you look at this meal? Was this a recipe passed down through generations? Is it a recipe of your own making? Do you have a memory attached to this meal that’s happy? Sad? Frustrating?

               Now, take a bite. Roll it around in your mouth. Feel the sensation of the food against your tongue. Really try to taste as many of the flavors as you can. Eat slowly. Experience your food. Continue in this manner, take a bite, set food down, chew, experience, repeat. Make notes of what you notice. More importantly, notice when you get full. Stop your eating then. Relax a little and enjoy the art of eating. Allow the body to digest a little. Did you finish your whole meal?

               There are so many things that can be shared concerning this topic. I’m interested in hearing what you think. This is only A step in the direction of healing. This is only ONE way that healing that disconnect can be approached. What are other ways? What other things can non-awareness of our food cause? Leave me a comment below! And tune in to our podcast Around Grandfather Fire to hear about topics like this and so much more. Much love to you all ❤

Bonus Prayer:

To all the spirits who gave their lives so that I could live,

Thank you.

To all the hands that brought me this meal,

Thank you.

To my hands that made this meal possible,

Thank you.

To my body for accepting this meal,

Thank you.

I see you, I honor you, Thank you.

Published by Lady Storm

I am a spiritual practitioner that has walked many different paths. Some could call me a jack of all trades when it comes to belief systems. While I don't hold all the answers, I hold many tools that will help unearth answers to questions anyone may have.

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