You Are What You Eat
We have all heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’ but how many of us have ever thought to apply it to our spiritual selves. Our spirit needs nourishing as much, if not more, than our physical selves. If we fill our bodies with chemicals, alcohol and other toxins it affects the way our bodies function. But it also affects the way our spirit functions. We are, first and foremost, spiritual beings and our bodies are our homes whilst we are on the earth plane. Therefore, mistreating our physical selves means also mistreating our spiritual selves. We do this in many ways but one way that we may not have thought about concerns what we put into our bodies.
If we eat too much unhealthy food it not only affects our digestive systems it also affects our ability to function in our every day lives. It makes us feel lethargic and sluggish. When we feel like this we often do not do things that we are meant to do. We might have to take time off work or instead of going out with our friends we stay indoors feeling depressed. When we are prevented from doing things that we would like to do or are meant to be doing our spirits become low. All that negativity acts as a spiritual dampener on our lives and the more negativity we have around us the more we attract.
Food becomes the enemy. We either eat too much or we starve ourselves. We use it to cheer ourselves up or to punish ourselves. These are all negative emotions that are made worse by the fact that much of the food we are putting in our bodies is slowly poisoning our systems. Because of this our spirit begins to reflect the unhealthy state of our physical bodies and we become ill. When we feel ill we become low spirited and depressed, we hit out at others or we hit out at ourselves. Either way these are yet more negative emotions to add to those already circulating in our systems. One of the best ways of getting over feeling low is to chat with friends and have a good laugh but the one thing we often do when we are surrounded by negativity is to sit indoors and actually avoid seeing or speaking to other people. This adds to our feelings of negativity and then we turn to food or drink to cheer us up and the whole cycle begins again.
Alcohol can be even more harmful to our spiritual selves. Alcohol lowers our defences both spiritually and physically. The more aware we are the more dangerous it can be. Not only do we put our physical selves in danger if we drink too much we also put our spiritual selves in danger. When our defences are lowered we are much more open. This openness is fine when we are conscious of what we are doing and when we are capable of making conscious decisions as to who we wish to communicate with. But if we are not capable of making this decision how can we have any control over who we are inviting in to communicate with us?
There is nothing wrong with having a drink or eating ‘unhealthy’ food occasionally, but we just need to find the right balance and maybe look deeper within ourselves to find out why it is that we need to have that extra drink or that extra cake, burger, bar of chocolate. What is missing in our lives that we feel the need to replace it with unnecessary food or drink? If our spirit is low is it really going to feel better if we eat or drink to excess? We might be better meditating for a few minutes and seeing if that makes a difference first. If it is our spirit that needs feeding, feeding our physical selves is not going to help. Although it might help in the short term, in the long term we will probably feel worse.
There is no easy solution, if there was we wouldn’t have a problem. But looking at out physical problems from a spiritual angle may be just what we need to change our physical habits for the better. After all, if we don’t look after our bodies, where will we live?
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