MAY WE ALL BE FED
WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.
We may have heard this adage numerous times throughout our lives, but how often have we thought about what
it really means? We are literally built from food; our bodies and our tissues are formed from the food, water, and
nutrients we ingest. Our brain and nervous system are fueled by food, which then affects our mood and our energy
level. The Sanskrit term for the layer of our physical self
is the annamaya kosha, which literally means the body
When we consider that we are what we eat – with food
being the most obvious – it is not only the things we
take in that become us. Everything we watch, the people
who surround us, aromas wafting in the air, the music we
sing or listen to, the environment, our prayers, and our
practice – this and more become part of us, too.
According to the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda, everything has the potential to feed us, and even more than
that, to nourish us deeply – body, mind, heart, and spirit.
This is the truest message and practice of gratitude and
Thanksgiving: how we nourish ourselves and each other
through sharing food, ideas, music, community, space, inspiration, and everything that contributes to the multifaceted nature of who we are.
Fortunately, we have available to us a number of ways in
which we can be nourished. Community, family, and the
sharing of food are only some of these, as discussed by
Janabai Owens-Amsden, cookbook writer and co-owner
of Euphoria Loves Rawvolution. Others include how we
write, read, and become inspired by stories, as we discover
in our interview with Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. We offer suggestions for improving digestion to enhance our ability to nourish ourselves with tips from Dr.
Siva Mohan, as well as a selection of herbal teas that can
strengthen our digestion.
Even deeper than the ordinary everyday nourishing items
are the tonic herbs that help strengthen and support our
development in all areas of our lives. Herbal expert Ron
Teeguarden opens the vaults of the Dragon Herbs tonic
bar to share some secrets of the sacred plants that can
both rejuvenate us and bolster us against the deleterious
impact of the chronically unrelenting stress of living in a
major metropolitan area in the modern world.
While today’s world may possess its challenges, we can still
nourish ourselves. In fact, as compared to our predecessors,
we may have even more access at this point in time to the
worldwide plants, people, and practices that both sustain
us and allow us to feel vitalized and revitalized.
This is what we have to be grateful for--the ability to feed
ourselves and each other.
PHOTO OF FELICIA SIPPING TEA AT DRAGON HERBS TONIC BAR TAKEN BY DAVID YOUNG-WOLFF.