Digestion, moderation, and eating as spiritual practice.
With my longtime friend Ellen Kittredge I was delighted to explore the insight that food is medicine and that moderation can lead to greater fulfillment and joy.
Here are a few highlights and where in the video you can find them:
- The possibility of relating to food and to eating as spiritual practices: 7:22
- Mindful eating and the parasympathetic nervous system: 14:32
- Finding a balance point in life, transforming addictive tendencies, and discovering equanimity: 24:08
- A question from Ellen: Where does liberation from the cycle of birth and death fit into the concerns of THE KURAL? 33:23
Ellen Kittredge is a Nutritional Counselor, Minister of Walking Prayer, and practitioner of earth-based healing modalities. While her primary focus is supporting her clients with maintaining optimal health through sound nutritional guidance, she has also has trained in a variety of other healing techniques, including extensive study over the last 10 years in earth-based healing practices with Nature Priests/Mystics in the High Andes of Peru.
Here are the verses we talked about, in both English and Tamil:
If one eats with measure what does not disagree
Nothing threatens one’s life
மாறுபா டில்லாத உண்டி மறுத்துண்ணின்
ஊறுபா டில்லை உயிர்க்கு
Those who eat knowing moderation know joy—as those
Who devour know disease
இழிவறிந் துண்பான்கண் இன்பம்போல் நிற்கும்
கழிபேர் இரையான்கண் நோய்
Those who devour beyond their fire’s limit
Know disease beyond limit
தீயள வன்றித் தெரியான் பெரிதுண்ணின்
நோயள வின்றிப் படும்
From chapter 95, “Medicine.”