Posts Tagged ‘healthy eating’

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What I experience with myself and with my patients is that we can have a cognitive recognition that this is true (what we eat affects not just us, but the “whole.”). But we don’t necessarily line our actions up with the fact that we believe this. So, either we don’t really believe, or we just don’t care enough. I think there is probably some truth to both of those.

So the question is, how do we take that on? “That” being our deeply, conditioned cynicism and our blinding ambivalence. You have to look into your own experience to see that these core beliefs/values are actually true about ourselves and the culture in which we live. So how do we change that?!

These are darn serious questions that encompass not just our relationship to food, but also our relationship to life. They will not be answered within this post. But we can begin to create awareness around them, and one way that we can do this is through a thoughtful inquiry into something that we are all quite intimate with… eating!

A good and practical place to start is by paying attention. Simply start paying attention to what you put in your mouth. “Listen” and find out if what you consume is helping to fuel not just your body, but also the conscious awareness that makes up the deepest aspect of who you are. If you really want to know the answer, I have no doubt that you will gain insight.

Once you start paying attention on this level, you will begin to see how food powerfully affects your conscious, and in turn has impact on the “whole.”


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I just finished reading an article “The Biocentric Universe” in the Discovery magazine, and while the whole article was fascinating, this one quote has stayed on my mind: “Today no one questions the immediate nature of this connectedness between bits of light or matter, or even entire clusters of atoms.”   The article goes on to discuss the nature of consciousness and the difference between our perceptions and absolute essence.  What I find so exciting about this, is not so much what the words themselves mean, they’re merely pointing to a truth that has long been understood in spiritual and philosophical realms, but the fact that they were published in a scientific magazine.  Surely this is the marking of a breakthrough in consciousness itself, but you may be asking, what has this got to do with food?  I dare to say the answer is everything!  

We are all aware of the affects food has on our body, mind, emotion and environment, but when was the last time we considered the affect it had on our consciousness?  I suppose before we could even ask that question we would have to know, to experience for ourselves, that food does indeed affect consciousness.  This past weekend I had a firsthand experience of this.  With relatives in town I spent the weekend eagerly showing them around town.  Because we were out and about so much we ended up eating out for most meals, and in turn my usual dietary habits were suspended and I indulged in unusual dining choices.   Early this week they returned home and I got back in the groove of work and school… or at least I tried.  I spent three days with brain fog so thick I struggled to see through it.  Directly affected my ability to communicate, make choices, discern, be active, plan, it was needless to say an uncomfortable few days.  But that was just on the surface.  By far the worst part was actually being responsible for hindering the emergence of consciousness.  I was literally taken out of the game by my own choices related to food.  

My point is that the choices we make around food, of what we eat and how we eat it, is not just a personal or environmental or even survival affair.  It has a direct influence on the ground of our being and our ability to manifest our deepest potentials.  But don’t just take my word for it.  I encourage you to check it out for yourself.  Here’s how you can do it:

1.        Notice how you engage with others after eating junk food, over eating, emotional eating or even under eating.  Pay attention to your ability to contribute to the conversations, generate ideas, and communicate effectively and authentically.

 2.       Compare this to the quality of engagement you have with others after eating a meal of high quality, pure and simple foods that are in more of a “whole” state.

As we strive to become more aware, more productive and conscious beings, we are faced with the challenge of living our day-to-day activities in a way that reflects our highest insights.  When we experience the truth of Oneness we can’t simply put this truth up on the shelf while we chow down on some grub and then take it down when we’re ready to engage spiritually or philosophically.  If we are truly interested in becoming more conscious, if it is our pure intention to evolve on the highest level, then we must come to realize that what we eat does not just fuel or hinder ourselves, it affects the whole.
Love, Amber

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I’ve been asking myself what “Eating for Evolution” means… what is it all about? I don’t have “the answer” but I have some thoughts, and I realize that as I attempt to articulate these thoughts, I am contributing to the very evolution of this topic.So lets go back to that question: What does Eating for Evolution mean?

Evolution means to push the edge of what is known. There is an inherent dynamic and forward moving quality to it. “Inclusive” is another word that comes to mind when I think of evolution… but not inclusive of every thing, inclusive of that which is serving a higher purpose. I think of development, and increased integrity.


  • It’s a posture in relationship to food and eating. Its a posture of “wanting to know,” of being interested in finding out what will create and sustain inner radiance. Inner radiance that has no real separation from its effect on the “outside.” It’s a stance of acknowledgment of the Truth of interconnectedness.
  • It’s a relationship to food in which we listen. We listen to the interaction of certain foods within us. We listen because we know that who we are “in the world” is greatly effected by what we fuel ourselves with and how we go about doing this.
  • It’s a relationship to food and eating in which we take responsibility; we face the fact that how we eat is a reflection of how we live.
  • And finally, its a posture poised for evolutionary growth. When we are Eating for Evolution we are busting myths and blazing new trails! We are learning to trust our inner wisdom and melding this with our desire to reach unimagined potentials. We do this because we realize that the future truly does depend on us!

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