The Language of Food

If you’ve ever listened to a banana, it probably didn’t say anything to you.  If it did, then you most likely don’t need to read this blog as you’re much beyond the subversive language of food (that or you’re high as a kite).  However, for the rest of us, learning to understand the meaning of food is a much more subtle task.

Most people eat food.  In fact, I’m positive that almost everyone—save those breezy breatharians—eats something.  Usually the process involves chewing, swallowing, and then a mad dash back to the crazy schedule of life.  The intention of food is thus focused on sustenance: energy needed to get through the day.  This is certainly one quality of food.  Yet there exists other unnoticed meanings of food that transcend physical health and speak to the greater tenants of existence.

Can’t get enough of that air flavored ice cream

It’s mid-December and in the world of academia, its time to start handing in final papers.  So for the last month, I have been absorbing as much information pertaining to food and its relationship to the human experience as possible.  I have found an enormous amount of knowledge that defines food as a means of communication; a form of language.  Most commonly understood, food can relay messages of culture, nature, society, the individual, and the greater world.  Where the discourse falls short is about foods capacity to express the language of the universe.

Food as the universe?  What?  How could my shy, little banana possibly tell me something about the universe? Well, in Vedic philosophy it goes like this: food is the embodiment of the Self (macro) and in its relationship to the human self (micro) it can reveal the tendencies of the ultimate reality.  Now to those of you peeking behind that banana peel looking for equation of the unified field, put the down the banana and read this quote:

God permeates the soul just as oil permeates a sesame seed ~Vasudev from the Upanishad

Vasudev was the father of Krishna, seen here being an awesome dad.

This small quote carries an epic message: as is the food, so is the thought. Or more specifically, as is the food, so is the universal human experience. In its complete, holistic nature, food reveals our perfection.  Just as a bruised banana embodies the universe, the imperfect soul is an expression god.  The language of food can be heard through its simple, yet perfected existence.

The human experience is a reflection of the universal experience.  Everything in existence is a reflection of truth, meaning there are no differences.  To quote Bob Marley, “One love, one heart, one destiny.”  And one food.

So if everything in the universe can speak this language, how is food any different from the rest? Well, because the food we eat becomes a vibrational AND physical part of us.

Just like sound current affects one’s frequency, food can affect one’s consciousness.  That means that choosing between an industrially farmed triple-sized BigMac and an organically grown, home-cooked vegetarian meal is certainly going to have an impact on the way you think.  Mental clarity, perception, mood, and communication are just a few of the areas affected by food.  And not only does food influence our thoughts, but it controls our physical bodies.  Responsible for creating matter, dictating health, and supplying nutrition, food—unlike any other object in the universe—becomes a material part of us.  It is truly the connection between the tangible and the intangible.

Doesn’t this mean you’d want to eat food that is of the highest universal vibration?  I’d surely think so.  That means that banana you were just having a one-sided conversation with should probably be an organic one. It also means that food treated like a commodity, infused with the stress of commercial kitchens, or devoid of anything resembling nature should be avoided.  Well, I shouldn’t say that.  Instead, I suggest if you want to achieve a greater cosmological existence, you should strive to eat better food.  Otherwise, do as you please.  The inorganic banana judges no one.

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Jaisa Ann Vaisa Mann

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As is the food so is the thought.

At the foothills of the Himalayan mountains off the banks of the Ganges river, I heard these words and instantly fell in love.

The lush jungle and intense culture of Rishikesh paired well with the calm of ashram I was staying at.  A north Indian city, revered as the birthplace of yoga – can one even begin speculate to the origins of a such a universal truth? – was my home for the week as I came to celebrate the coming of a new age and to practice yoga with family.

A large part of our trip was learning about our physical bodies through their adaptation to food and culture.  Many got sick, stressed out, or drained of energy.  In an attempt to understand how to heal, I spoke with the woman in charge of our meals.  The first words she told me were Jaisa Ann Vaisa Mann.

In India, food is viewed through the lens of intentionality.  The intentions behind food usage depend on the person eating the food.  In the case at the ashram, food was prepared to heal physical imbalances from the stress of travel as well as aiding us in our yogic endeavors – often times up to 10 hours of practice a day.

Not only were specific foods chosen that would physiologically support certain outcomes, but energetic intention was imparted as well.  This is where most Western minds get lost.  In Ayurveda – the science of life – all food carries energy or prana.  This energetic life force can be altered through its existence.  It can be influenced by it surroundings during all stages of its life, even during the cooking process.

With this in mind, the food for the ashram was grown on fields that were blessed with positive intention for growth.  Throughout their life the food was given an intention to heal and spread positivity.  In the kitchen the food was handled in an environment free of stress, anger, and unnecessary urgency.  Those who handled the food meditated on their intentions before doing anything.

Although this seems like a foreign concept, is it really that far away from home?  Doesn’t food cooked with love taste better?  When was the last time someone prescribed chicken soup for the common cold? Don’t we say an apple a day keeps the doctor away?  Did you know that the act of giving a toast is to impart the drink with whatever you are toasting to – good health, celebration, long life, successful weddings.  It seems food and intentionality may not be such a new concept.  Taking the leap into other areas of intentionality, such as those exhibited at the ashram, might not then be so daunting.

Given the coming of the holidays, why not change the way you think and impart some good vibrations into your own food.