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13263Meditation and Diet

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  • Jeff Belyea
    Sep 16, 2004
      Meditation and Diet

      In the Mystic Heart Meditation
      we teach about selective awareness
      (sensory,breath, heart), beginning
      with a simple Quiet Awareness; that
      is, just stopping all activity to quietly
      notice our immediate environment
      for a minute or so.

      This has a settling effect that
      can be felt almost immediately.
      And this Quiet Awareness can be
      sustained for longer periods
      of time by simply noticing when
      we are inhaling and when we
      are exhaling.

      Just this basic 2-step meditation
      can provide a relaxation break
      and stress reduction "vacation"
      in the midst of the day, or at
      any time we choose.

      For those who have an interest
      in going deeper into meditation
      and heightened awareness, there
      is an aspect of the body/mind
      connection that contributes to
      and enhances meditative practice.
      It is easily and often overlooked
      – or dismissed as unimportant.

      As yoga and meditation became
      more and more "westernized",
      the physical postures and
      meditation techniques found
      the largest audience.

      What escaped much notice, or
      at least what was consider
      merely peripheral to meditation,
      was the diet recommendations
      that accompanied the eastern
      teachings. They were considered
      as possibly more healthful
      (and many meditators adopt
      a vegetarian diet for a time)
      but more a part of religious dogma
      than necessarily practical or
      efficacious to meditation.

      But overcooked and dense food
      not only has questionable nutritive
      value, it makes the digestive
      system work harder and longer...
      and this amounts to "noise"
      in the body. A veggie and/or
      raw food diet will quiet the
      body in only a few days.

      Most noticeable will be the
      peaceful feeling upon waking.
      When the body is not asked
      to digest heavy meals, sleep
      is more restful and peaceful.

      Quieting the mind to the
      point of allowing for the
      meditative effect of relaxation
      will only take the meditator
      so far if they ignore the
      need to quiet the body noise.

      Food for thought.
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