In Ayurveda terms, the root cause of disease stems from our power to digest and process the information we take into our bodies through our five senses.
Of course, the sense that steals the show when it comes to digestive intelligence is our sense of taste. When we eat, we are offering food into our bodies. For the sake of keeping it simple, as a metaphor, let us say our bellies have a digestive fire called agni. Agni will digest your food and the process begins to metabolize nutrients and nourish your whole body. In Ayurveda, eating is seen as a sacred act contributing to the whole mind-body experience.
The wisdom of the Tongue
Our tongues contain a wealth of information. On a deeper level, it is related to the way we digest food, and learning to interpret what is on our tongue can help one to understand the body and it’s well being. In other words, it is to our advantage to be aware of the power of the tongue. (We will talk about speaking later, eh.)
Let’s first understand how our tongue is a temperamental organ (it can be grumpy). When you are deciding what to eat, isn’t your tongue making that decision? Usually, sweet or salty wins, right? “I want a snack right now!!! Do your moods provoke your tastes? OR can we think about other flavors…from spicy to cool, creamy to sour, savory to bitter…what moods do these provoke for you?
Who said we should eat every two hours? Honestly, this mentality is wreaking havoc on our digestive system. A major complaint I hear daily is on poor digestion and a feeling of bloating. No wonder, (loud voice) we don’t give our bodies the chance to build up the fire (agni) in our bellies to finish the job ~ like really finish it ~ all the way to the bathroom.
Check It Out
- Remember, the food we eat disrupts or enhances the balance in the body.
- Bitter is good for Kapha and Pitta.
- Oily is good for Vata.
- Eat, and delight in, 2-3 scheduled and mindfully prepared meals a day.
- Enjoy the pause in between your meals with out snacks.
- Be aware of the mood of the tongue.
Sacred eating will take some training, but when achieved, it can be wholesome, meditative, cleansing, reflective, and spiritual.