We Are Living From Mystery

"Eating with the fullest pleasure — pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance — is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend." --Wendell Berry 

I recently read two of Michael Pollen's books The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food and have subsequently been thinking a lot about what an intimate act it is to eat. A spiritual act, even. When we eat, those things we put into our body literally become a part of us. Not only does the tangible stuff we ingest integrate itself into our cells and organs and blood but the intangible stuff settles into us as well; we embody the energy that went into the creation of that particular food which includes the well being or suffering of the animals we eat, the intentions and treatment of the farmers and the field workers, and the love (or lack thereof) of the person preparing the meal.

I had a very strong Impression a couple of days ago (this is capital 'I' impression which comes from God/Universe/the deepest part of me) that if I don't start making wiser choices about what I integrate into my body, my health will suffer serious consequences. Up to this point, I think I've been a little too flippant about such an intimate and spiritual act as eating. Some changes I want to make include consuming five servings of vegetables a day, drinking 64 oz of water, and offering a prayer of gratitude before every meal. Eventually, I would like to start shopping primarily from local food venues like farmer's markets, eat less meat, and spend more time cooking. I'm curious to know how you've made eating a more deliberate, healthy or spiritual act in your life...

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Some Things Lovely...

*Something Inspiring: The Pleasures of Eating

*Something Practical: Word of Wisdom Living
 
*Something Delicious: Mousakka, Berry Brulee & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream