We have cut the link with nature in many ways. I find it easier to grasp this common statement by looking at it from a practical spiritual point.
From that point, I can surrender to life and take action from a deeper place inside of me.
This is how I think that we have broken our connection. One of the ways. One that might have an essential impact on us. On our ability to grow, reproduce and on the evolution of our consciousness.
We came out of the earth and we are evolving together.
We are part of the evolution, part of the flow of universe that was created 13.8 billion years ago with the big bang. This is where all comes from, the sun was born out of the universe, other planets, the moon, our planet… a whole creation of evolution that gave us life… we have evolved and continue to evolve with universe and nature.
What we eat become a part of us and that is all part of the evolution. Our digestive process is making something that is not us to us.
We know that the plant with all its branches, flowers and fruits are contained in the seed. The information is stored in the seed.
We also know that many plants are cultivated and modified for different reasons. Such as hybridisation (often labeled F1), to grow faster, uniform colour and size etc. The seed of hybrid plants are often sterile or they will be considerably less vigorous. We have manipulated the seeds for our short-term benefits and these seeds are predominant in the industrialised agriculture, as well as sold to home gardeners.
Open-pollinated and heirloom plants (where pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms) are more genetically diverse and allow plants to slowly adapt to local growing conditions and climate year-to-year. They produce seeds that can give life to new plants.
Wild growing edible plants adapt to the surrounding by producing nutrition and medicinal compounds that they use to protect themselves, for immune protection, reproduction and to grow. The plants are constantly monitoring their surrounding, responding to climate change and other threats.
Plants use complex feedback loops and vary the amount and combinations of phytochemicals that they make, they even vary the phytochemicals they put in individual seeds. Studies show that wild plants often are genetically stronger then cultivated or modified plants.
We use the information from plants, the nutrition and medicinal compounds, to live, grow and evolve. What we choose to consume as food determines how our body and consciousness function.
Imagine the difference of eating food that can create new life and food that cannot create new life.
Food that can create new life.
Food that cannot create new life.
The information we receive in our body is totally different.
What can that do to us? What is the cost of eating food that cannot create new life. Could it change how we experience ourselves and what we feel in our everyday life? Could it ultimately change our ability to create new life?
Life need life to survive, thrive and evolve. But we have cut the link, we have broken the connection. In a very practical way, which also is very spiritual.
Where to go from here? Start with what’s easiest, what you feel most comfortable with:
1) eliminate processed food, 2) check where the vegetables you are buying (or seeds if you grow yourself) come from and choose open-pollinated and heirloom plants/seeds, 3) introduce wild plants into your meals.
Go small with what you already know and continue from there, while paying attention to the effects it might have on your body, mind and spirit. You can use this practice to check in with yourself.
A drink idea with Shatavari.
- Vegetable milk (1 cup)
- Shatavari root powder (1/2 to 1 teaspoon)
- A few crushed cardamom pods
- Some cinnamon powder
Warm the milk to boil, add shatavari, cardamom and cinnamon and let infuse for 10 minutes. If you like, sweeten with honey. Enjoy this calming and relaxing drink.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a sweet, bitter and cooling plant that has been used for many centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.
The root powder is used as a general health tonic with a range of health benefits, such as improving vitality and fertility. The name literally means “the woman with a hundred husbands” and is particularly used for the female reproductive system.
Shatavari is an adaptogenic herb said to help our bodies cope with physical and emotional stress and can be taken daily over several months.
Plants function in us all the time, without us needing to do anything. Becoming aware of our intimate interconnectedness and biological unity with all life will transform us.
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