CREDOS: Feeding myself — II

Halé Sofia Schatz

If food seems more mundane than yoga or meditation or prayer, that’s because it is. Food is one of our primary human needs. Every day, multiple times a day, we put something in our mouths. When we consume food without much thought beyond its taste, I call it eating. You know what eating looks like. It’s the compulsive reaching into the potato chip bag; eating when you’re full because food is just there; grabbing a quick bite for lunch between meetings; indulging our taste buds while ignoring how our bodies feel.

When we make deliberate food choices based on our needs for physical energy, mental clarity, creativity, and focus, I call this feeding oneself. I use these terms to emphasise the difference between mindless consumption and purposeful, conscious fueling. The term feeding oneself also shows how transformational nourishment requires two components: the part of ourselves that does the nourishing (feeding) and the part that receives it (oneself). When we feed ourselves, we are aware and responsive to our particular needs for nourishment in the present.

No matter how much I talk about this subject, however, it’s nearly impossible to understand transformational nourishment as a theoretical approach. Transformational nourishment is profoundly practical and experiential. Because we consume food so regularly, we have the opportunity to pay attention to our inner selves multiple times a day, every day, for many years.