“Transformational nourishment means that our bodies, hearts, minds, and spirits are open and willing to take in the nourishment that’s offered. To do this, we have to believe that we are valuable and worthy to receive.”
— from If the Buddha Came to Dinner
Which foods provide you with high-energy, long-lasting fuel? Which ones drain you of your life force? How do you know how certain foods will make you feel before you eat them? How can you know exactly how to nourish yourself in every moment? By committing to the regular, daily practice of paying attention. With more and more processed foods in the marketplace, obesity in adults and children dramatically on the rise, and digestive problems increasingly more common, it’s clear that we’re facing a serious health crisis in this country. The answer, however, isn’t to just go on a diet. Reducing the intake of refined and processed foods and increasing live foods certainly can improve one’s health. But we need more. We need to feed ourselves with a sense of purpose, focus, love, and passion for our lives. In other words, we need to feed our spirits.
Nourishment isn’t about getting it right. It isn’t about sticking to a diet, no matter what. In fact, transformational nourishment isn’t a diet at all, but a way of deeply listening and responding to your needs for vitality, clarity, creativity, passion, and growth. In time, practice will reward you with the gift of your inner wisdom, which knows exactly what you need to take care of yourself.
Each Bite of Food Is an Opportunity to Pay Attention
How can food and feeding ourselves be a spiritual practice? Transformational nourishment is profoundly practical and experiential. Because we consume food so regularly, we have the opportunity to pay attention to our inner selves every day, multiple times a day. Each time you put something in your mouth you have an opportunity to practice awareness. Each morsel of food, each cup of tea is an invitation to be alert and responsive to your nourishment needs.