8 Steps to connect and heal your body – Eating as a Ritual
1.) Add foods that are whole from the earth, untouched from Man as much as possible to your plate.
2.) Sit alone or in a quite area, without cell phones, TV, or computers.
3.) Bless and cleanse your food. There are many ways you can do this, so practice and do what feels natural. Currently I fill myself with light, blow over my food watching it in my minds eye my food being purified. With my hands holding the bowl, I send light from myself, and the universe into the food; I see and feel the food glowing with life force. I then ask for the food to be blessed, everyone that came in contact with the food to be blessed, and to please bless our dear Mother Earth.
Have Fun While Cooking!! Om-ing into your food while cooking purifies and cleanses it with Divine light. Remember we are energetic beings and our energy goes into our food. Never cook food for yourself or others while angry, on those nights picking up pizza or take-out might actually better for your family. Send love as you cut those veggies, sing, om, dance. Remember life is Fun! Rejoice and know you are being blessed with a gift of food!
4.) Look and See your Food There is no coincidence that unprocessed foods arefull of beautiful colors, shapes, textures, and tastes. Drink these in!
5.) Touch Yes use your hands to eat whenever possible! We don’t touch each other with utensils, kiss with utensils, why would you use them to put food in your mouth? They were made to shovel our processed sticky food in our mouths. We are passionate beings, and the dance of eating is a Ritual not a Race. So take a piece of precious life force food in your hand and feel the textures with your hands and honor it as you look more closely.
6.) Smell not a sniff, but smell it in your entire being. Notice in your body where you feel it. Smell is very important for taste and digestion of your food.
7.) Listen and Feel with your eyes closed listen and feel the food on your tongue; notice the textures in your mouth, and chew slowly at least 30 times. When we see, smell, and taste our food our salivary glands kick in. Chewing is the first part of digestion; yet we expect our stomachs to do it all. Our salvia contains digestive enzymes that aid in the break down of food. We should be liquefying our food before swallowing and chewing our liquids. I feel that the only substance we consume correctly is wine. We look, smell, and slowly taste it holding in our mouths, and aerate it with slurping noises as we roll it from the front to back and to the sides of our mouths. No wonder I love Wine!
For a moment visualize the lining of your stomach containing a bunch of plant-like roots. The more you chew and liquefy your food the easier it is for your stomach to absorb nutrients. It takes 30% of your energy to digest your food, by giving your body better food and helping in the digestion process you will be giving your self the gift of more nutrients absorbed and increased energy.
8.) Pause, and feel the food in your body and the life force spreading and healing you. Honor the food and yourself for taking this moment in your life. Focus only on eating, slowly, pausing between bites. Breathe to help you stay aware of when you are starting to feel full.