I was looking over last weeks tracking for our paleo chix experiment and see that we track a crapload of data concerning our mind and body. We are all noticing connections that are interesting. However, we aren't tracking prayer or meditation or any other form of spiritual practice.
Question: do you track spiritual practices formally or informally and if so, do you notice an impact on your body and/or mind? Do you notice an improvement in your nutrition or exercise? I'm not tracking this since I don't pray and suck at meditation though I've been trying. Also, mindful eating would count too. The act of being fully aware of what you're putting in your mouth and mindful of the whole digestive process is something I would like to practice so your thoughts on that would be awesome too.
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on July 06, 2011
at 05:41 AM
At risk of sounding crunchy and wack-o...
The chakra system is a huge focus for me, both personally and professionally- I base my meditations on chakra energies, and, as an actor, a lot of my vocal and physical training and character analyses are focused on them.
Two chakras that I have difficulty with (and by difficulty, I mean that they tend to 'implode', or don't have outward-flowing energy) are my 2nd and 3rd chakras. The 2nd is associated with digestion and sexuality. The 3rd is associated with ego (both good and bad connotations).
Now, if I overeat or eat suboptimal foods, these two chakras implode like crazy- I have difficulty opening up the front of my body, I tend towards self-pity, I can't connect with others, and my libido disappears: I draw inwards in, what I see to be, a very negative way.
If I fast, eat optimal foods in reasonable amounts, and use my body in an expansive way (from calisthenics to dancing, or just good old stretching), then my meditations are clear, my energy is focused outward- which brings me great joy-, and I feel a harmony of body, mind, emotional-body, and spirit.
I've found it also works the other way- that I can counteract the effects of poor eating with chakra meditations and chakra-based stretching.
In short, I deeply believe that our diets are directly linked to the energy we create, and those energies define how we live life in these bodies.
on July 06, 2011
at 05:19 AM
What a great question Pork Rind!
I do try to track what I put into my mind. In fact I've started a little n=1 experiment seeing how saying 3 positive, pre-scripted phrases am, noon and pm affect my mood and outlook. I am not a prayin' type (12 years of Catholic School will do that to a grrrl) but I CAN wrap my brain around recitation.
I can't say if this has any effect yet. But, I can say that drawing or painting does have a profoundly spiritual effect on me. I listened to a podcast recently in which the interviewee talked about this, and only then did I realize what effect the drawing was having on me. Making art (in my case BAD art) gets my mind into a whole different groove. Trying to translate onto paper what I am actually seeing rather than what I think I am seeing is an eye opening experience.
Using drawing (doodling really) as an exercise rather than a means of creating a final piece helps me to make connections between unlikely variables. It gets me a little "out of the box." Ultimately this helps me connect what I stuff down the hatch to the final outcome it produces.
on July 06, 2011
at 05:30 AM
Although I am not part of your paleo chix experiment I do believe that mind, body & soul area all connected and altering one of the three effects the other two. Getting the body into alignment will directly influence the mind and once those 2 are working closely in harmony it allows the soul to flourish, irregardless of pray or meditation. The 3 cannot really be separated they all form the whole and as the parts of the whole heal we become much more intune with who and what we really are. Since the 3 are interchangeable healing one heals the others.
My native ancestors were aware of this and were one with Nature and the Universe - there is a general feeling that mankind is slowly heading toward a spiritual re-awakening. Many ancient cultures have stories, myths and legends regarding this re-awakening.
on July 06, 2011
at 05:19 AM
Great question...especially with all the NF's (intuitive feelers) up in here.
I gotta say that my 'spiritual' practice is what brought me to this way of eating.
Cleaning up my diet has given me the gift of a clear head, stable mood and more intimate relationship with my body, the earth and my ability to know who I am more fully and with more enjoyment and pleasure.
I don't track my practice, it came before shifting my diet.
I see time in nature, making love and human relationships as very much included in this realm. The care of the soul and nourishing the aspect of ourselves that is expansive, connected and in love is absolutely a part of living longer and with vitality.
The paleo/primal model, at it's best, supports community, family, sustainable practices and nourishes our connection to that which is ever present and eternal.
I am thinking now of my radical vegetarian buddy who is probably eating something out of a box right now, while I have been known (especially at the beginning of this whole journey) to sit outside, and sip on some bone broth with respectful awe. Nowadays I get lazy and may just put the laptop aside with some hungry glances at stupid facebook while I try to eat. This is a practice. And I have heard my body's contraction at the meal in front of the computer. No. Do not take in the essence of this animal while watching The Biggest Loser. Not in alignment, not yummy, no.
I have done quite a few practices in the past. shamatha meditation, kundalini yoga, process painting and clairvoyant energy work to name a few. Right now I meditate standing up my legs rooting into earth, my awareness on my womb, my creative center, my guts and I follow the pleasure of this. Absolutely, my connection runs deeper, truer and more profoundly with real food.
My next steps include canceling the internet and getting by on an hour of e-mail checking and surfing. I am really feeling the addiction to surfing and it's affect on my well being. I am pretty sure I wouldn't be able to discern this when I ate a Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar Every Day.