The Art of Conscious Eating

Hey Everyone –

Since we’ve been back on the food/nutrition thing here lately, thought you guys might dig on this A Season in the Warrior Utopia excerpt about conscious eating.  I’ll post the main part of the entry here, but please click the link at the bottom to read the whole thing if you have time.  (It’s not too long.) It details some interesting “behind-the-scenes” info on how the world’s most advanced culture eats. (It also describes The Green Room, one of the most ridiculous restaurants ever!)

Excerpt from; A Season in the Warrior Utopia by Bobby Rock

The Green Room and the Art of Conscious Eating

Day 32 – 12:03 AM (The Drexel)

(Entry Excerpt)

The Art of Conscious Eating

Another big part of the Zentaurian eating experience is the level of consciousness that goes into every bite.  This is one area where I think I’ve done pretty well, even though some of my friends like to fuck with me for eating so slowly.  But here, everyone eats as slowly as I do.  And as I see it, there seem to be three unspoken thought processes behind eating consciously:

  • The practice of awareness and gratitude:  This is about eating with the awareness that there are many people around the globe who will not get enough – if anything at all – to eat today, and the gratitude in realizing that so many things had to happen for the food before you to wind up on your plate.  The seeds planted, the crops harvested, the manual labor, the transportation, the preparation, the distribution, etc.  And even if you just walked out in your backyard and picked an apple from the tree, there is true wonderment in the processes that Mother Nature has invoked to manifest that apple.  Every bite of food around here seems to be eaten with the knowledge of these things.
  • The cultivation of peace and harmony through food choices:  This is about understanding the karmic ripples behind the specifics of where your food came from, and how your food choices are perpetuating the very energies behind its manifestation.  This is why animal products do not exist here.  Because behind every piece of flesh, serving of eggs, or glass of milk, there is at least some degree of exploitation, subjugation, or suffering involved for an animal.  And in most cases, there is actually an obscene amount of violence, ill-regard for life, and disrespect for our precious and limited earthly resources in these choices. Conversely, when we eat low on the food chain, we are making a quantifiable contribution to a more evolved and peaceful world.
  • The mindfulness of eating:  The slow and thorough chewing of your food is, in and of itself, a practice of mindfulness.  It’s about really savoring and enjoying every bite, paying attention to the textures and flavors.  Shoveling your food down your throat is analogous to the five-minute sexual encounter.  Do we really want it to be over so soon?   Why not prolong the experience?  Also, there is a practical reason why you want to eat mindfully:  to really extract all the nutrients from your food, the cell walls of the plant cells have to be broken down, and this is done through chewing thoroughly.

The net result of engaging this level of conscious eating is that you tend to not turn your meals into a gluttonous feeding frenzy of mindless consumption.  And when you enjoy meals with others who are aligned with the highest ideals of conscious eating, you are cultivating a powerful environment of peace and awareness… a tangible, micro energy field that contributes to the ever-expanding macro.  I have felt this a number of times back home at gatherings where everyone was eating vegan.  Here in Zentauria, I feel it every day.

© 2009 Bobby Rock

Go here to read the whole entry: http://www.bobbyrock.com/day32

BR

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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