The Spiritual Body: Our Connection to Food

This blog is a part of a 4-blog series about the body.
The first blog is about Body Image and Self Esteem
This blog is about the spiritual body;
The third blog will be about the dreaming body;
The last blog will be about the body of poetry.

For me, the spiritual body is the way we relate to mother Earth. The way we feed our bodies. The way we understand plants and trees. The way we relate to the cycles of nature.

So this blog is not about chakra’s or about the soma psuchikon (the animal body which is sown in corruption and dishonour) as Paul describes it in the bible. It is about our relationship with mother Earth. Honouring our bodies as representatives of Mother earth.

 

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If you are like me, you will not ever have perceived your body as representing mother Earth. We know all too well, the humiliation we have felt about our bodies since we have been young. Too big, too small, too fat, to tiny, when we look in the mirror we immediately see what is wrong. When we see a picture taken of us we think: OMGH, is THAT the way I look? I almost always feel so much prettier than I look on pictures…

With this blog I hope to show you how a simple girl like me, not very pretty with weird eyes that are too far apart, a funny turned up nose and freckles started to accept her body. But let’s first explore the origin of the repulsion of our own body: the Mother Wound.

Spiritual Body and the Mother Wound

Food and the spiritual body are interrelated. We learn at a very young age that we can ease pain, cold and loneliness with food.

My own struggle with food began when I was undiagnosed with type one diabetic disorder. I had no insulin, so my body could not process food. I began to become very skinny.

My parents did not notice that. When you see someone everyday that is getting bigger or smaller, at first you don’t notice that.

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Cartoon: Dumpaday.com

But I ate chocolate like a mad-woman. I stole chocolate from my parents and ate it all. They were mad as hell with me. From that moment on,in my parent’s eyes I had a complete lack of character. That was very painful for me.

Eating chocolate gave me into a feeling of bliss. The world was kind and good when I had eaten a bar of chocolate.

What has this got to do with the mother wound you ask? Mothers sooth their child with food. You get a desert when you finish up the meal on your plate.

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From the days that we are a child, food is associated with comfort. So you can imagine how I have an unhealthy relationship with food (especially chocolate).

And who is responsible for your meals? Yes your mother. She gives you food, she decides if you get that desert, or the candy.

And I dare to bet with you that about 55-60 percent of our mothers struggled with their own weight.

Spiritual Body and Food

In 2010 I started to educate myself again. I had been a stay at home mother for five years and I wanted to begin my own practice. Advising people about healthy food and supplements.

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Cartoon Creator Unknown

I graduated with honours. But I could not get any customers. Well, i had to become a member of an official institute for my potential customers to get their consults repaid by insurance. And that official institute charged a lot of money.

And after a client was gone I had to get into the whole process of finding new ones. The same thing that has happened to me in this company Mindfunda. The chase, the hunt for customers is not something I am good at.

Let’s get back to the subject of this blog: mother Earth and Food. In my education I found out that you are the stuff that you eat.

Garbage in – Garbage Out. It is not only psychological, it is also physical.

I have written a good blog about how Tryptophan regulates sleep. But bottom line: if you eat natural things your body becomes more healthy.

So I tried, honestly, to get my daily magnesium so I could skip the chocolate.
NOWAY! My body would not let that happen.

When I was approaching my fifties, I began to gain weight. I always had eaten a lot of cheese and chocolate, but now I could clearly see how that was affecting my belly.

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Cartoon: Growingbolder.com

I got all depressed because when sitting down my belly was hanging on my legs. I did not feel attractive at all.

I had to adjust to a whole new body image. My clothing style changed too. I used to wear cute dresses. Now I wore the uniform of ladies all over the world. The Jeans-Shirt uniform.

Spiritual Body and Clothes

I was so happy when I got money from my parents to buy my own clothes. Up till than, being the younger one in a big family of 7, my clothes had been wear me downs from older sisters.

It was the time when Madonna was emerging as an artist. She was showing off her boobs, shaking her ass and everybody, even the feminist movement thought she was strong.

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Madonna

I tied a ribbon in my hair, curled it, and I bought a long skirt with buttons and unbuttoned the last ones so my legs would elegantly be shown at each step. I felt reborn.

At my school they felt differently. Someone anonymous wrote some very offensive remarks in my school agenda.

My parents were offended too. “You should not wear make up” my father said. But I loved (and still love) to put on make up. It’s my creation time. I can understand why there are so many transvestites.

Anyway, the story about how I became aware of how male sexuality is tied to womanhood you can read in my first blog.

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Spiritual Body and Friends

When I was writing this blog in my mind (Mindfunda is the blog by walking around: as soon as I think of a subject I take a walk and start to compose sentences and subjects) I could only think of times I got really hurt and disappointed in friendships.

How has friendship influenced the relationship with your body?

I always had very attractive ladies as best friends. Because I refuse to compete about men. (why on earth would I be even slightly interested in a man who has the hots for one of my friends?)

But it was inevitable that I would compare my body with theirs. And all spiritual schools say that comparison makes you sad.

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But let me give you a tip. there is nothing more rewarding than spoiling your weight by drinking and eating and laughing with your friends.

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Prince Rogers Nelson, his Royal Badness

This blog is about Prince Rogers Nelson, also known as His Royal Badness. A short tribute.

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Prince, super musician left the Earth. Today is Earth day and I wanted to dedicate my bog post number 199 to Mother Earth. But Prince… was something else. So today I want to tell you about how he influenced my life. Continue reading Prince Rogers Nelson, his Royal Badness

Mother Earth as Goddess

Do you consider yourself a Goddess? You should. The Goddess is the earth. We are all part of the earth. But the Goddess is more. She is also that spiritual vessel that brings love in new unexpected ways. She is connected with the moon. This week’s Mindfunda is about dreaming with the goddess, incubating dreams that align with the phase of the moon. Find out how you can dream the Goddess into your live!

Mindfunda explores the Goddess in 4 blogs

The Goddess was hot in the seventies of last century. Marija Gimbutas put the Goddess back on the map. She inspired a lot of scientists, anthropologists and mythologists up to this day. But the attention for the Goddess seems to have faded away. Mindfunda want to invite you to reconnect with the Goddess. During the month of November Mindfunda will share 5 blogs:

The Goddess, 4 blogs to integrate the Goddess in your life.

Eve as Goddess: a Guest blog written by Susan Scott, of the Garden of Eden.

Triple Goddess dreaming: an alliance with the moon.

The Goddess and the Earth: a Guest blog written by Trista Hendren

A review of “The Book of She” written by Sara Avant Stover.

< Jumped in from elsewhere? Start at part 1

Today’s Guest blog is written by Trista Hendren. She is the author of The Girl God series. You can read more about her projects at The girl god.

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Trista Hendren

 

Mother Earth as Goddess by Trista Hendren

It took me a long time to understand the connections between the rape and abuse of women worldwide and the rape and abuse of Mother Earth.

My children changed all of that.

I realized I couldn’t leave them the world I had helped create. So, I started changing my life radically, reducing my expenses by 80% and getting rid of all non-essentials. I started writing feminist children’s books that I hoped all people, young and old, would read. Madeline L’Engle once said, “If I have something that is too difficult for adults to swallow, I will write it in a book for children.” This still rings true today.

Our children are our biggest impetus for change.

In order to change the world, we have to go back to our roots. Feminism can be helpful but it can also be just a band aid. It can be a diversion from realizing our full value as human beings.

There was a time when women were sacred. We have lost that on a collective level. You don’t rape the sacred. You don’t abuse the sacred. You honor Her.

When you honor something or someone, you don’t take more than you need or more than your fair share. Women have been giving more than their fair share in almost every aspect of life for at least 2,000 years.

A natural relationship is about give and take. The same can be said of the Earth. Humanity on the whole has been taking without giving back. We can’t continue along that path without destroying ourselves and the Earth.

I see so many connections between women and Mother Earth. I don’t think we can honor and respect one without the other. When I started to honor myself, I began acting on my environmental ideals.

 

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picture: esophora.org

 

One example I use is hair dye. I stopped dying my hair several years ago because I realized I was poisoning the earth. I was also poisoning the people who made this toxic product.  I was also poisoning myself every time I colored my hair. And the crazy thing is that silver hair is actually a sign of wisdom (which is also another attribute or name for GODDESS). Why are most women so eager to hide a symbol of their intelligence at such a high all-around cost? Why are we suppressing Goddess in ourselves?

We are so brainwashed to do things a certain way as to be acceptable to others that we don’t think through the consequences. Sometimes I think people like the idea of environmentalism or feminism, but they don’t want to go all the way with either concept.

The way I see it, we are at a tipping point with both. Either we make radical changes or we will see even more violence against women and girls.  We will see the Earth destroyed.  And with environmental destruction, it is often poor women and children of color who pay the highest price.

What are we really hanging on to?

We are scared into (toxic) lifestyles, many of which destroy the Earth and come at a very high cost to poor people, particularly women. My hope is people will begin to challenge what items are necessary and come back to honoring Our First Mother, Earth.

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Mother Earth
Trista Hendren

My second book, Mother Earth, is about our relationship to Mother Earth and it was inspired by my children. My nine-year-old daughter in particular is becoming a true environmentalist.

She is both magical and inquisitive. She likes to understand the ins and outs of everything. She can’t understand why more people are not working harder to save the Earth. Her voice echoes in my head as I try to sleep at night.

“But why Mommy? Why?”

Sometimes I don’t have any good answers. We try to live the best we can. We sold our car and walk everywhere most days. But, she wonders about all the other cars lined up on the street as we walk by. She worries. Recently she told me she didn’t think she would live to be 35 because of global warming.

I don’t want my daughter—or any child—to live in fear over what adults have created. Zoe Weil said that “the world becomes what you teach” and she called on adults to raise a generation of “Solutionaries.”

My daughter inspires me every day to leave the world in a better place. I hope my books will inspire both compassion and confidence in our children so that they can become Solutionaries instead of feeling powerless.

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image: org.ca.gov

 

I’d like to end by sharing a passage that inspires me to live a more Earth-loving life every day. I heard that there was not a dry eye in the room when Professor Kathleen Dean Moore read these lines from her essay, “The Call to Forgiveness at the End of the Day.” I still cannot read her words without tearing up. Her inspiring words were the introduction to Mother Earth.

Professor Moore wrote:

Poets warned us, writing of the heartbreaking beauty that will remain when there is no heart to break for it. But what if it is worse than that? What if it’s the heartbroken children who remain in a world without beauty? How will they find solace in a world without wild music? How will they thrive without green hills edged with oaks? How will they forgive us for letting frog-song slip away? When my granddaughter looks back at me, I will be on my knees, begging her to say I did all I could.

I didn’t do all I could have done.

It isn’t enough to love a child and wish her well. It isn’t enough to open my heart to a bird-graced morning. Can I claim to love a morning if I don’t protect what creates its beauty? Can I claim to love a child if I don’t use all the power of my beating heart to preserve a world that nourishes children’s joy? Loving is not a kind of la-de-da.

Loving is a sacred trust. To love is to affirm the absolute worth of what you love and to pledge your life to its thriving—to protect it fiercely and faithfully, for all time.

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Earth day: the magnetic field of the earth

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Earth’s magnetic field

On this beautiful picture above you can see the magnetic field of the Earth. To me, the earth looks like a Spider. I am not surprised that the oldest mythologies about the origins of the universe talk about the Spider Grandmother who created all.
So what exactly is the magnetic field of the earth?

The earth its core is composed out of iron and nickel. These function as a magnet. The Earth’s magnetic North Pole is in North Canada and its magnetic South pole is in Antarctica. This field enables you to use GPS on your cellphone (and find your parked car back in foreign cities). This magnetic field is generated by the flow of liquids in the earth, and changes due to solar wind.

In 1996, Stanley Krippner of Saybrook University published an article about the influences of the changes in the magnetic field of the earth on our dreams: “Dreams and Distance Target Material”. In his article he states that “there is more telepathic dreaming during decreased geometric activity”. But also finds that “visual apparitional experiences occur more frequently on days with enhanced geometrical activity”.

In a more recent stud, in 2009, Darren Lipnicki, a psychologist formerly at the Center for Space Medicine in Berlin, Germany compared his dream content with the Earth’s magnetic field and found that during periods of low activity his dream content was what he called “bizarre”. In a seven-year period he collected 2,387 dreams and scaled them on bizarreness on a five point scale. Then he compared it with the K-index, a scale used to characterize the magnitude of geomagnetic storms.

If you want to know more about the Earth and its magnetic field this is just the book for you:

Earth
The Magnetic Universe

It tells you all you need to know about the history of the Earth, the formation of the magnetic field and magnetism.

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