13263Meditation and Diet
- Sep 16, 2004Meditation 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
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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