This is an invitation how to feel the illusion of separation

We can speak about our connection and that we are dependent on nature all day long, but nothing beats experiencing it. To feel it. It’s tangible and deeply spiritual at the same time.

I have started to introduce a new practice in my life and I have the feeling that it will be with me for a lifetime. Not for every meal, but sometimes. I can feel how my body and soul are celebrating the new nuances of a deeper awareness.

This is it. It’s a practice to do before and during a meal:

Take a moment and feel your heartbeat.

Eat some, slowly, mindfully.

Feel the heartbeat again.

See if you can feel that there’s nutrition flowing through the heart, nutrition in the bloodstream.

The food that we are eating basically come from the soil. This is a quality that we can learn to feel. We can learn to feel the quality of the earth as it comes into our body through the food that we eat, being digested and flowing in our bloodstream.

One of the primary reasons that our blood is moving through our body is to provide us with the nutrition that comes from the soil and the energy from the sun. This is how we are completely biologically dependent on plants. Interconnected with nature and our surrounding.

We wouldn’t need the plants if we could just eat dirt and sunlight directly. We receive the concentrated nutrients through plants. Through the food that we eat.

When you are done eating, check your heartbeat again.

A cooking idea with Purslane.

Purslane tofu scramble with mustard seeds, turmeric, black pepper, coriander, ginger and salt in the pan together with some coconut milk. I also added dry long pepper leave powder.

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is a wild growing plant that’s cooling and moistening. Purslane can be eaten as a spinach/vegetable and you can eat quite a lot but cooking or blanching reduces the oxalates – if you want to eat larger amounts.

Every part of purslane is edible. Researchers have identified purslane as the richest vegetable source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid.

In addition, purslane contains high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

And, it’s really really tasty!

Purslane is both medicine and food. It’s analgesic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, demulcent, diuretic, febrifuge, inflammatory modulator, laxative and vermifuge.

We have an intimate relationship with plants, we need to remember this over and over again. To take a moment and feel our heartbeat. To see what’s there. Our human brain seems to think very independently, but we can feel it in our body and soul.

End note: A list of my main sources of inspiration and learnings.

What’s moving in my heart is moving in your heart

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.

What more?

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.

End note: A list of my main sources of inspiration and learnings.