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FoodBodyMind is not so much about the pursuit of nutritional excellence, training, or personal development as much as it is about the tenuous and challenging intersections between these three topics.

Eating, for example, or more precisely, “eating without hunger” has been the bane of our current existence. Disease is intimately tied to what we feed ourselves, and how we use our bodies. The abuse that we heap on our bodies by overconsumption affects not only our physical, mental, and emotional state, it is also socially self-perpetuating as a phenomenon because of the inevitable commerce it generates. The exquisite combination of sugar, salt, and fat ultimately become weapons of mass destruction/consumption that lead to a state of sedation and an anaesticized existence.

There are, however, better ways to manage stress in our daily lives. Food wasn’t designed as an anaesthetic, though it has increasingly become the of choice. Wellness is a responsibility. It is also a practice that needs to be studied, nurtured, developed, and supported.

Heyam dukham anagatam. The pains which are yet to come can be and are to be avoided.” This is number II. 16 of the Sutras of Patanjali, the sourcebook of Yoga. This is a basic premise of yogic practice.

We begin the journey by making the right choices in the food we eat.”Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” – Hippocrates 460 – 359 BC

“Training the body” has spun off as an end in itself. Non-sustainability and the sacrifice of commonsense to commerce (and instant results) has spawned rather bizarre mutations and definitions of what physical health really means. “Fitness” (or on the opposite spectrum, the absence of disease) does not necessarily equate to health. Everyone is on the lookout for the ‘easy solution.” For example, market forces drive frantic and uninformed “supplementation” that “gets us there faster.”

“The disciplines of the mind” has likewise led to miscellaneous cul-de-sacs that venture to nowhere. Grounded on promises of quick “realizations” and “mastery of self” (don’t forget the toll free number that comes with all these, and of course, operators are standing by), what passes for mind training are parodies of the real thing.

Caveat emptor. How do we then separate the noise from the signal?

The first step is increasing our level of awareness on the linkages between: (a) what we eat and how it affects our mind and body; (b) how we treat the ‘physical organism’ and how it predisposes us to in/effective choices of food and the mental/emotional states that this generates or results in, and (c) how to train the mind so that we develop a sustained discipline that makes skilled decisions in the food we ingest, and the load we impose on our bodies as “machines” that get things done.

The second step is to apply this discriminative awareness to building our repertoire of skillful means. Knowing and avoiding the wrong path is a necessity in following the right one. Attention deficit is the scourge of the information age, and so creating a space of quiet and contemplation, even for a moment, adds to our ability make the right choices.

FoodBodyMind is an open studio, a commonplace book and travel diary – all rolled into one.

May we fill the little time we have, with clarity, meaning, and purpose.

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