“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” — Hippocrates
It has been a whole month since the tidal season of Lammas/Lughnasadh began. Lughnasadh is all about nourishment and the things in our lives that give us food for our mind, bodies, and souls. This soul-food goes way beyond hearty New Orleans cuisine. According to a dictionary, nourishment is the sustenance that is necessary for growth, health, and good condition. But the type of nourishment I am talking about here is what is necessary for sustaining love, magic, and harmony in our lives.
Until the next tide of Samhain I invite you to delve a little deeper into our Solar questions than ever before.
Today, our meditation will focus on what soul-food nourishes us? We will be diving deep into our subconscious as we self-reflect on the things in our lives that give us sweet contentment, salty pleasure, sour enjoyment, bitter gratification, and umami fulfillment.
It is important in our lives and is likewise beneficial to our health to recognize the things in our lives that brings us joy and misery. Acknowledging those situations or people allow us to develop a better sense of gratitude and also allows us to know ourselves even better. To be able to show compassion for oneself by understanding oneself and therefore one’s actions related to a cause or several causes will bring untold illumination.
We can all do a better job on knowing what makes us, well, us. Socrates so long ago knew what he was saying about living an unexamined life. We can wander forever not knowing why we are why we are. Why certain situations continue to befall us? I believe that this is because we put ourselves into cycles of nourishment and starvation. It is a roller-coaster ride of perpetual up-and-down.
So, let us ponder the concept of nourishment.
Light a candle, get comfortable. Assume a special meditative position that feels right for you. Walk, sit, lay down. Acknowledge how you are feeling as you are coming to this moment of self reflection? Also, acknowledge how you may wish to feel.
Let us and allow yourself the time to go on a journey.
Delve deep. Breathe in and out. Feel the tension leaving each body part of your Self. Complete and utter relaxation, breathe it in.
Follow your own inner compass.
Sink real deep. What constitutes nourishment? Are there ancestors speaking to you on whispering winds?
Examine your pleasures and miseries.
What tastes of sweet, bitter, sour, salt, and umami do you taste? How and when do you experience these? Is it around a certain person, place, or thing?
How and when do you feel deprived of these nourishments? Are you starving now? What are you willing to do to nourish thyself? What constitutes nourishment in your life, for your life so that you may live a life worth living?
Only you can answer these questions. The best part of shamanic meditation is that it can only be done by you. Your journey can only be traveled when you are ready to make the first steps towards healing. No one else can tell you the “right” way to do it.
Meditate and see what answers present themselves. Journal and see what dialogue develops.