I invite you to put both of your hands on your heart. You can do it now while reading. Hold it tight to feel into your heart, feel it pumping. Take a deep breath.
What’s moving in your heart?
How we all are connected in our hearts
The sun enables all life on this planet. The plants that grow around us absorb the sunlight and converted it to food, through its photosynthesis. The plant also absorbs water and nutrition from the soil.
We harvest the plants and eat them. And then, what happens?
We have sunlight in our heart
Our bodies are a mirror image of the plants. Our metabolism releases the sunlight from the plant, it passes through channels in the small intestine into the bloodstream and through our body. It goes through our heart.
We have the water element in our heart
Imagine that you are holding a piece of watermelon. The watermelon is not a part of you, but when you eat it, it becomes a part of you.
Our bodies release water from the watermelon, it passes through the stomach, goes to the small intestine and from there into our blood and through our body. And now it’s circling through your heart. It will come out and go back to the environment again and then it won’t be you. It’s flowing in everybody’s heart.
We have the earth element in our heart
The plants are releasing oxygen that we inhale, we are releasing carbon dioxide that they inhale. We use the oxygen to break down the carbohydrates that the plants have created by photosynthesis.
By breathing in the opposite pattern with the plants, the nutrition from the soil can go into our bloodstream, through our body and heart.
The entire world is passing through our heart
At some level, our heart knows the condition of the soil through the food that we eat, it knows the quality of the air and water. It knows how the food was grown, what chemicals that might have been used, how it was transported, the love or suffering involved.
The inside of our heart is in contact with the outer world in every heartbeat. No matter where you are or what you are doing, this is happening. Constantly. It’s biological.
We are all connected in our hearts through the elements that we are dependent upon.
A smoothie bowl idea with Moringa.
- A handful of wild green leaves (I used portulaca and moringa leaves)
- Some bananas (frozen if possible, it will become creamier)
- Dates (amount as you prefer)
- Cinnamon powder
- Coconut milk
Add all in the mixer and go for it!
I added coconut sabja seed pudding (similar usage as chia seed but local to where I am), a few activated almonds, edible hibiscus and harmony flowers, and sprinkled some guduchi powder on top of my smoothie bowl.
The leaves of moringa (Moringa oleifera), also called the “Miracle Tree” or “Tree of Life”, are nutrient dense and well known for its high concentrations of vitamins and minerals. It also provides properties that may reduce inflammation.
The leaves can be eaten often and used for smoothies, when baking, in soups and stir fries, and externally in poultices and skin healing remedies. Both the leaves and flowers can be harvested perpetually, and used fresh or dried and powdered. The long, slender, seed-pods can be used as a vegetable, but that’s another story.
Food connects us to the greater world. We can use wild edible and medicine plants as a doorway into perceiving the deeper level of our interconnectedness, our biological unity with nature, universe, with where we come from and are a part of.
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