I am visiting my family, and food is one of the things that receive more attention than usual. It helps me notice again the difference between tasting with the mouth or with the whole body.
If we taste with the mouth only, we are usually in for trouble one way or another. As we eat, we may ignore the signals from the body saying “that’s enough” or “stay away from that right now” and then pay for it later.
But if I experience myself as that whole beyond and including body-psyche, and am more aware of and responsive to the body, I taste with the whole of me, the whole body and mind. And here, it becomes easy and simple to eat just enough, and also to say no to the foods that do not seem nurturing right now.
I notice that my center of gravity is stably and easily in the second, although I do choose to override it occasionally, which then is just another experience. Another thing to explore and notice.
And a recipe for my favorite breakfast right now:
- Soak steel cut oats, coconut flakes and raisins over night
- In the morning, make a cup of strong Green Temple Chai (or another spicy tea)
- Add the tea and pieces of pear, banana and/or apple (or any other fruit) to the oat mix
- Cook on low heat for a while (I often do it for half an hour or so)
- Eat with Green Temple Chai or another spice tea
Right now, during the cold season, this is a breakfast that feels deeply nurturing for the whole body, whole mind.