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I can taste the love and I feel lucky!

October 6, 2009

By Kayma

Imagine your parents’ home-cooked meal, a potluck with friends or a meal you made for a loved one – there is something about those meals that leaves you satisfied and inspired, wanting nothing more, nothing less. I have come to a point where I can taste the love, or lack there of in each meal. The heart and soul that we are capable of putting into a meal is one of those daily intentions that I feel sometimes gets forgotten or simply put aside in the midst of our busy schedules. As I grow, change and get deeper into yoga it is getting harder and harder for me to go out to dinner or just grab something on the go because I take a moment to reflect on who is creating the food that I am putting into my body and if they are putting positive energy into what they are making and serving.

I feel that it brings us back to the lessons we learn from a daily yoga practice and I think Erich Schiffmann puts it quite well in his book “The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness” …

“When you are not wholehearted, or unconflicted about anything. When you are not wholehearted, when you’d rather be someplace other than where you are, parts of you shut down and begin not to participate. Your energy circulation because constricted, and the creative life force is unable to flow throughout you unimpeded”.

I feel that this tends to happen with all of us, particularly in the working world ~ so it makes perfect sense as to why certain foods are simply produced to feed the hungry with no real intention behind it and why it could never compare to that home cooked meal.

If you’re one of those who has been caught up with fast-paced city living, always grabbing food on the go or not able to find the time to really taste what you are consuming, you don’t need to be chef by any means, just try putting aside one night a week  (and gradually more once you realize the magic of it all!) to take the time to focus 100 percent on the art of creating a meal for yourself and others.

Try recreating a favorite childhood recipe, get old school and make yourself a pb and j for lunch, adventure around your ‘hood and create a meal with ingredients you find in a 10 block radius and if you do go out to eat, try to chew each bit 20 times really taste the food you are putting in your mouth – it just might change your whole perspective on your daily food intake.

Here are some great sites I have discovered that support local produce and encourage making healthy, organic meals at home

Veggie Trader

Local Harvest

Greenpoint Food Market

Brooklyn Food Coalition

100 mi radius challenge

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