It’s a phrase that I’ve heard for years upon years, but one that never quite made any sense to me: You are what you eat. Am I today a bowl of udon noodles? Was I last night a plate of quinoa and sauteed kale? An avocado in the morning and a bean burrito by noon? But after one fateful yoga class, it will now forever make sense to me.
My yoga teacher (this incredibly wise woman) began speaking about the food we eat and how each bite affects us internally. “If we eat a bunch of processed crap,” she said, “of course it’s not going to be good for us.”
Yes, that makes sense to me.
“Still, we can eat the best quality food in existence, but if it’s been made with the worries, the stresses, and the anxieties of the one who prepared it, those negative feelings will be part of what fuels us.”
Hold the phone. You just changed my life.
You see, the energy we put out there is exactly that: out there. It’s out there for others to take in and use as their own. And as long as we allow ourselves to put negative energy out into the world, that’s precisely the energy that will fuel the life that exists around and within ourselves. Well… the same goes with positive energy.
So the next time you prepare a meal, whether for yourself, for a loved one, or for a total stranger, do so with total and complete love. Let go of your fears, your worries, your sadness. Come into the moment and be there fully as you rinse, as you chop, as you saute, as you plate. Let this meditative food preparation be a stepping stone to the eventual meditation that can be found in every activity in which you find yourself taking part.
You are what you eat. If each one of us does with love, we will consume love, and therefore… be love.
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