Primary Food to Feed Your Chakras, Your Life Force Energy Recently I was doing a Reiki 1 class and I was asked: "Does chakra balancing happen through primary foods?" I loved this question and it only made sense to me that the answer was yes, hands down yes!
All that we consider today as nutrition, food, is really just a secondary source of energy.
Think back to a time when you were passionately in love. Everything was exciting. Colors were vivid. You were floating on air, gazing into your lover’s eyes. Your lover's touch and your shared feelings of exhilaration were enough to sustain you. You forgot about food and were high on life.
Remember a time when you were deeply involved in an exciting project. You believed in what you were doing and felt confident and stimulated. Time seemed to stop. The outside world faded away. You didn't feel the need to eat. Someone had to come by and remind you.
Imagine children playing outside with friends. At dinnertime the mother reminds the children, "Time to come in and eat." "No mommy, I'm not hungry yet," they respond. At the dinner table, the mother feels that her role is to enforce the rules of good nutrition and instructs the children to eat their food. Eventually, the children force down a minimally acceptable amount of food and rush out again to play. At the end of the day, the kids return, exhausted, and go to sleep without thinking about food at all.
As children, we all lived on primary food. The same thing happens when we are deeply in love or working passionately on a project. The fun, excitement, and love of daily life have the power to feed us so that real, physical food becomes secondary.
Now think of a time when you were depressed, bored, or your self-esteem was low; you were starving for primary food. No amount of secondary food (the kind you actually eat) would do. You ate as much as you wanted, but you never felt satisfied. Even in good times when we come home at night, we often look into the refrigerator for something to eat, when all we really want is a hug or someone to talk to.
Primary foods feed us, but they don't come on a plate. Elements such as a meaningful spiritual practice, an inspiring career, regular and enjoyable physical activity, and honest and open relationships that feed your soul and your hunger for living all constitute primary food.
The more primary food we receive, the less we depend upon secondary foods. The opposite is also true. The more we fill ourselves with secondary foods, the less we are able to receive the primary foods of life.
Every spiritual tradition encourages people to fast during the year so that people have time to reduce secondary foods (eating), thus allowing for a greater awareness of primary food (emotional and spiritual needs).
Please take the time to explore your primary foods as you journey on your path to health, wellness, and healing. Paula
Inspired by IIN's concept of primary and secondary foods.
Primary & Secondary Foods
Below is a diagram of primary vs. secondary food. Primary foods are what make your heart and soul sing. Secondary foods keep our physical bodies healthy. Together they both promote health of mind, body & soul.
We need to support our bodies primary food needs so the actual food we eat, the secondary foods, are better utilized by our bodies for nutrition (storing in our “banks”), cell growth in our youthful years, and cell regeneration and healing throughout our lives. When we are happy our bodies digest, absorb and better use whole food nutrition right down to the cellular level!
The proportions of secondary foods that people need to sustain health vary based on: age, gender, physical constitution, ethnic back ground, activity level, truly a whole host of individual factors. For example: some people thrive on a diet high in whole grains while others do much better limiting their total grain intact. We all thrive with plenty of fresh vegetables and pure water to drink!
Finding out what works for you to maintain a healthy weight as well as for true health and healing in your body, mind, and soul is the key to maintaining health for longevity. That is one goal of working together in a Holistic Health counseling partnership.