Diet and Meditation
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Food and the four primitive urges: In Yoga, the desire for sustenance
is one of the four primitive urges for food, sleep, sex, and self-
preservation. Wise regulation of food and the other basic drives is
an important part of a foundation for meditation.
Food is for cells, not "me": This one principle alone will go a long
way towards developing a frame of mind conducive to good diet. It can
seem that food is for someone called "me," and that I want this or
that, or that I need this or that. It is estimated that there are 10-
50 trillion (10-50 million million) cells in the human body. The
nutrients contained in food are for them. The food is not being taken
in for the benefit of our personality identity. Maintaining a
constant, though gentle awareness that, "Food is for cells, not me"
will keep diet decisions in proper perspective.
Change "I want" to "It wants": When we say, "I want this or that
food," who is it that is making this statement? Even if we accept
that food is for cells (above), we are still stuck with the fact that
somebody inside is wanting to eat that food. Who is that? It is the
thought pattern, the desire itself that is wanting to express itself
through food consumption. This principle relates not only to food,
but to all of the inner wants, wishes, desires, attractions or
aversions. But here, we are talking about food. By recognizing that
the desire itself, or "It" is wanting to eat or be fed, then we have
another useful principle to keep in mind at all times. So, we see two
companion principles, in that food is for the cells, and the desire
stands alone, as its own motivator.
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