Spirituality and Food

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Spirituality and Food
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 11:58am

Greetings

Im trying to come up with some different topics to talk about and since Food is on my mind right now (for mulitple reason LOL) I thought we could talk about that. Specifically how it relates to your Spiritual Path. (maybe it doesnt, but I know that many Pagan traditons have certain foods associated with certain rituals. Heck even non Pagan ones do. There is the bread and wine of Christianity.

Anyway, I would love to hear your thoughts on how you intergrate Food into your Path.

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Registered: 07-21-2006
Wed, 11-09-2011 - 2:35pm

Hi Caly! Yes, being a vegan is very much part of my spirituality! I strive to live a gentle and peaceful life and want to cause no (or as as little as possible) harm to any other living creature. I just cannot look into an animal's eyes and say that "I am going to eat you". We are all "Earthlings". We all have the right to life (not withstanding the truly carnivore species). I also try to cause as little harm to the earth as possible, and eliminating meat is one step in decreasing the vast destruction of the environment as the result of factory farms and the raising of livestock for consumption. Plus, it is

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Registered: 03-09-2001
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 4:22pm

Traditional foods for the holidays, of course, play a part. :P For ritual we always have some kind of pastry that is appropriate for the particular Sabbat, as well as a drink. In ritual the member conducting, being Priestess/Priest, offers the food "May you never hunger." And then after all are served, the drink (cider, often), "May you never thirst." The response is "Blessed Be!" ;)

We are not vegetarian and do not feel called to that path. We do bless and thank the life given for our sustenance, whether plant life or animal life. I do not debate with anyone their lifestyle choice. I think it is important we honor our path as we are inspired by the Goddess to do. ;) And always to be thankful and appreciative of all the Earth gives us for our survival. To me this includes not giving in to rampant consumerism, whether it's holiday time or not. To conserve, use and wear out, before replacing. Don't waste resources like our heat or A/C or water or electricity. Recycle everything we possibly can. It all comes from Mother Earth. So, while we use what we need to live, we can do so without giving in to the consumerism that is worshiped in our country.

I don't do it for every meal, but beyond being thankful to the Goddess and God, I try to do once in a while, when I think of it, a mindfulness exercise by Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book Present Moment Wonderful Moment to thank all along the way, whose labor, also, brings the food to our home, to be prepared and consumed. I think it is a lovely way to fully appreciate all who are involved in our sustenance.

"In this food
I see clearly the presence
of the entire universe
supporting my existence."


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 10-26-2010
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 4:00pm

New to board. I'm Cat .... 52. 2 kids and a cat that thinks she is human 8-).

Is everyone a vegan?

Lately I have taken to eating more veggies than meat. When my daughter

Merry Christmas
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 4:02pm

Hi!

What a wonderful answer. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for asking about me.

To be honest at this point, I dont directly connect what I eat with my spirituality, though my Taoist Path has lead me to learn more about China and I am totally in tune with how they look at food and I am trying to incorporate that into my life. Also I have just enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I am going to study to be a Health Coach, so food will definitely take on an important role in everything I do.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 4:07pm

Love your quote and your reply, Thanks for sharing.

As I told Amelia, I am going to go to school online to become a Health Coach and how people look at food is a very important part of it. I totally agree with how you feel as well. (and Amelia too, though I am not vegan) Food is just part of the nourishment we feed our bodies and its important to remember that it is all interconnected.

Peace,

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Registered: 07-21-2006
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 8:32pm

Hi Cat! I am fairly new here, too. So far, I think I am the only vegan, but it is an intregal aspect of myself (and who and what I am).

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Sat, 11-12-2011 - 2:13pm
tings-tang wrote:

Love your quote and your reply, Thanks for sharing.

As I told Amelia, I am going to go to school online to become a Health Coach and how people look at food is a very important part of it. I totally agree with how you feel as well. (and Amelia too, though I am not vegan) Food is just part of the nourishment we feed our bodies and its important to remember that it is all interconnected.

Peace,


I think people look at food far beyond "just" being nourishment to feed our bodies. Foods, how they are cooked, the cultural element, childhood experiences with food and eating it, the flavors and tastes, the emotional connections/component, not just for holidays, but learned connections growing up, religious as well as cultural, all create our relationship with food. The intervention of "scientific" instructions of proper diet often fail because of the emotional and psychological relationships we have with food. Some religions require dietary disciplines, such as Islam and Judaism. Some add being vegetarian or vegan to their spiritual lifestyle as well. So food is approached in very different ways by different people. In other words, we do not approach food just with logic, LOL! :P


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 11-12-2011 - 4:06pm
we do not approach food just with logic, LOL! :smileytongue:

WELL Said!
*hugs
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