Through my work as a Health & Wellness Coach, I have come to realize that there is a strong connection between nutrition and spirituality.
As to not have you get stuck on the word “spirituality”, I just want to clarify that for me, spirituality means something different to each person. For some it’s a religion, for others it’s connecting to one’s inner self through practices such as yoga and meditation, and for yet others it’s simply living from a set of values or principles such as compassion, integrity, honesty, humility, and honoring others.
I find that during my most healthy and vital moments, I am also the most connected to my spirit and true essence. Although it’s not uncommon to hear stories of healing and spiritual awareness arise during severe illness, taking care of our bodies and connecting to the earth through good nutrition and self-care can also open up the gateways to deeper work.
I believe that in order to be able to look at the big picture and really define what it is we want in life, it’s important to feel good first and foremost. In addition to day-to-day healthy eating and exercise practices, there are many dietary methods that can be helpful in accessing spiritual channels. Some examples include Chinese methods utilizing yin and yang, fasting/cleansing, the 5-element dietary theory, increasing the vibratory rate through raw foods, eating natural and organic foods that keep the body clean of toxins, and chakra balancing in which you can eat certain foods that provide nourishment to each of the seven energy vortexes in the body.
In addition to what we eat, there is also how we eat. Everyone knows that grandma’s homemade cookies are better then even the best baker’s version. This is because grandma puts a lot of love into preparing those cookies and that feeling of love is transferred to us when we eat them. When we put special care into the foods we eat and enjoy those foods mindfully, paying attention to our five senses as we eat and the fulfillment we experience when we nourish our bodies, we increase our level of consciousness and spiritual awareness.
Based on my experience, I find that working towards a cleaner and healthier body makes it easier to access my spiritual guidance system, which in turn helps me connect with myself and find clarity in the direction I want my life to take. I also find that when I respect and love myself enough to pay close attention to how I’m eating and caring for my body, it’s much easier for me to utilize spiritual values in my life such as being responsible, communicating authentically, being present, honoring others, detaching from a particular outcome, accessing my intuition and living in integrity with myself.
If you have also seen a connection between spirituality and nutrition, I invite you to share those experiences with us. If not, a great way to begin connecting the dots is to keep a journal. This is a way to record not only what you eat, but also how you feel, the impact foods have on your energy and mood, new ideas that arise, exercise and/or awareness practices you’ve participated in and interesting things you’ve noticed about yourself, your life or others throughout the day. Let us know what you discover!
Published On: December 11, 2009