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.
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