Are we enjoying our meal?
Imagine you are sitting in a small posh restaurant. You have just chosen one of the incredibly delicious dishes. With the great selection not so easy.
Your mouth has been watering for a long time. And somehow you already know that this will be the most fantastic meal you've had in a long, long time.
Now imagine how a waiter beamingly serves you this wonderful meal: Fine fragrances immediately caress your nose. And the food on the plate is a real feast for the eyes! But you find it rather difficult to let your nose and eyes take precedence any longer. With pleasure you choose a piece of vegetable and...
A small leap in time:
Imagine how you treat yourself to a long walk after this benefit for body and soul. And how you can simply enjoy everything that you perceive: the mild, warm air, the gentle sound of the sea, the seagulls, the people who are out and about like you...
In other words: Just enjoy - be happy. Without ifs and buts. Pleasantly stroking your belly.
Is there an increase in this?
YES, indeed! There is. At the end of this article, I describe how I was able to experience it. But between these highlights of being nourished, I go into our old habit patterns. Because they usually cause us to experience malaise, fatigue and sickliness instead of highlights.
The division into healthy - unhealthy is treacherous
We often divide our food into "unhealthy" and "healthy". In doing so, we may be following the standards that have become accepted in society. But is there a healthy diet? Are there universal rules that, if followed, will also promote your health and fitness?
Most health-conscious people consider sugar "unhealthy." This leads to the popular exception tactic of "sinning". For example, the tempting slice of Black Forest cake with a cup of cappuccino is hard to resist in some situations.
"I know - it's not healthy, but every now and then I like to sin." Who hasn't heard phrases like this or even uttered them themselves? On the one hand, we want to be healthy, but on the other hand, we don't want to be trapped in rigid dietary rules.
- If I judge a food as "unhealthy" and then eat it ("sin"), then I anchor effective "disease" information in the body.
- As soon as I try to eat only "healthy" food in order not to get "sick", my inner conviction is: I can very easily get "sick".
- Committing to a certain diet out of fear of "disease" is a direct invitation to any "disease". Read also my book recommendation Dying to be ME.
And which attitude leads to the desired?
- A solid trust in the elemental force, which after all wants you to live and be healthy.
- Self-love, love for the body and also love for food
- In any case, gratitude for a healthy diet
- Enjoying loving attention to the act of eating
Trust in the elemental force
In our inner thought patterns, the erroneous belief in a punishing God is still deeply anchored. Consequently, it is difficult for us to blindly trust a higher authority. However, the elemental force or God is pure unconditional love. We can and should trust this love completely.
Instead of looking critically at whether our food contains enough trace elements and vitamins, trust in life helps us to know that it feeds you properly.
You can read more about letting go of old thought patterns and the power of our thoughts in my article You can rejuvenate instead of ageing.
The curative teacher Martin Kojc writes in his Textbook of life already in 1935:
Everything you wish for, the regulation of which you entrust or leave to the elementary power, proves to be true without exception.
Trust is the opposite of wanting... To the extent that we trust the elemental force, our wishes are fulfilled; even the slightest doubt, the slightest mistrust, and thus the slightest desire disturbs the realization of what we want.
In the universal wisdom teachings, we hardly find a valid answer to the question, "Is there such a thing as a healthy diet?" Even in Martin Kojc or the A Course in Miracles there is no statement. Why?
The body and generally the material is only a mirror of our mind, our thoughts. Accordingly, we determine the condition of our body with our thoughts. In this respect the material food plays only an indirect role.
You can find more on this topic in this article about the power of thought.
Self-love, love for the body and love for our food
As in the article You can rejuvenate instead of ageing described, love for ourselves and our bodies brings us health, rejuvenation and vitality.
By getting rid of judgment and self-judgment, we open ourselves to love.
As we lovingly turn to the body, it willingly shows us what it needs. And as we remain in loving presence, we avoid uncontrolled and destructive eating behavior.
In this way, step by step, we can detach ourselves from artificially produced pleasurable foods. And in the process we make an amazing discovery:
We need to eat much less than before. Likewise, we experience anew how wonderful it is to consciously enjoy our meal instead of leaving it behind us lost in thought.
We should stop allowing destructive and distracting thoughts while eating.
Rather, we can get into the habit of simply being grateful for food that nourishes our bodies in a good way.
My Tiramisu - a little anecdote
About 15 years ago, I went on a strict raw food diet for 10 months, with lots of fruit, nuts and wild herbs. As luck would have it, however, I found myself at an art exhibition in a café. There I discovered an enticing dish.
"This is tiramisu. Would you like to try some? Very tasty! And homemade!"
My raw food discipline had already lost in the first moment. I bought the tiramisu. And it really tasted uniquely good. I got a craving for another piece. As if it was getting tastier each time, I gleefully ate a third, fourth and fifth tiramisu! Cheerfully I rubbed my belly, which was obviously happy too.
On the other hand, it was clear to all the friends I told that I must have had a bad stomach after this "culture shock": NO, my stomach was really happy and thanked me with a feeling of well-being.
Enjoy in love - that is the key
If I had judged the tiramisu, which is, after all, made of sugar, coffee, white flour, fatty cheese, eggs, and cocoa, to be "unhealthy" and "sinned," I would have been more likely to have a bad tummy bug.
Enjoying in love - that does not mean, however, to throw ourselves unrestrainedly on masses of sweets. Nor does it mean shoveling in everything we recently condemned as "unhealthy".
The body that knows it is loved is quite selective. Can you bring yourself to consciously eat slowly and chew each bite often? Then the body will also have the opportunity to show you in time when it is full.
In this way, we gradually become more sensitive in choosing the foods that are right for us. For example, we sense more and more precisely what suits us or doesn't suit us. In addition, we can decide to change the menu every day.
A few years ago, I couldn't eat much fruit a day. Now that I've been on a vegan diet for 20 months, I'm surprised at how well fruit fits into the daily menu - even in larger quantities.
In this article, as you will have noticed, the focus is not on presenting various healing food forms and detox cures. I will cover this topic in a post soon. You are welcome to dive into the subject with the books I have presented by Arnold Ehret, Paul C. Bragg, Andreas Campobasso and Lumira. You can also find good tips on preventive health care, purification, detoxification, fasting and alkaline nutrition on the website of the Zentrum der Gesundheit. I am happy to recommend this site. The articles are well-founded and well-researched.
What really nourishes us
Eckhart Tolle gives in his book The Power of NOW an Exercise to feel the energy body:
Connecting with the Inner Body
Direct your attention (with eyes closed) into the body. Feel it from the inside. Is it alive? Is there life in your hands, arms, legs, feet - in your belly, your chest? Can you feel the subtle energy field that fills the entire body, bringing pulsating life to every organ and cell? Can you feel it simultaneously in all parts of the body as one energy field? ...
Some time ago I tried this exercise while listening to the audio book by Eckhart Tolle. At first I felt a lively flow in my hands. Gradually I was able to perceive the energy in the whole body. After about 12 minutes, the energy field in me unexpectedly created an incredible feeling of being absolutely nourished. I was pure power. And I knew: Now I am really full for the first time!
In other words, no earthly food, no matter how good it tastes, could even come close to producing such a residual feeling of nourishment and well-being! Compared to this perfect nourishment, the earthly food - no matter how delicious and rich - always left a subtle feeling of hunger.
In any case, a good example of this hunger effect for me is eating ice cream: As a rule, ice cream tastes exquisite. But immediately afterwards I feel - not only physically - disappointment and subtle unsatisfied hunger:
Actually, I wanted something else, nicer, that can really fill me up.
Foretaste of light nutrition
By the way, the saturation power of the inner energy in the experience described above is for me clearly a foretaste of the light food. A clear sign that it is in reality an immaterial energy that keeps us alive and gives us strength - not the physical food!
Yes, it is also a foretaste of a heavenly food. After all, it gives you exactly what you need to feel truly full.
In short: This energy really nourishes us - mentally AND physically! And it is always in us. Only our permanent chattering of thoughts and the self-chosen stress distract us from it.
By becoming aware of this, we can let go of all concepts of calorie and protein requirements, all conventional nutrition rules. We thus open ourselves to the freedom of not necessarily having to eat. When we feel like and appetite for a food, we lovingly take from it.
And always at the same time we are connected to our inner immaterial energy that keeps us alive.
I hope these thoughts provide you new and interesting perspectives.