Food For Thought

Food For Thought: Dec-Jan 2017

By Steve Makela & Ann Curtis | December 29, 2016
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What Are You Feeding Your Mind?

“It is the food  which you furnish  to your mind that  determines the  whole character  of your life.”  —Emmet Fox  

Feeding our bodies a diet of healthy food and water is essential to maintaining  our physical being. We’ve heard a million times: “You are what you eat.” We don’t talk about it as  easily, but the same thing can be said of our minds: We are what we think. 

What are you feeding your mind? Over the past few months, we’ve  been surrounded by harsh conversations, strong emotions and a lot of fear-generating headlines.  Th at “golden rule” philosophy we learned growing up is being tested, creating a challenging holiday  environment for many. 

As we enter this time of giving, gratitude and hope for a New Year, allow me to suggest  meditation, a practice my mind (and soul) have been feasting on for the past two months at the  Earth & Spirit Center*. 

Th ousands of years old, meditation has been scientifi cally proven to reduce stress, anxiety and  depression, among other benefi ts. Meditation is not meant to suppress feelings as much as it helps  you, basically, become friends with yourself. And, couldn’t we all use a good friend about now? 

Here are a just a few proven ways meditation transforms your thinking: 
» Improves focus 
» Increases sense of connectedness and empathy 
» Prevents and treats depression 
» Increases sense of well-being 
» Improves creativity 
» Reduces distractions 
» Improves memory 

Our bodies benefit too: blood pressure drops, stress hormone levels decline and cellular health  is boosted. The brain actually rewires itself as neurons make new connections, which in turn aff ects  how we respond to situations. Meditation techniques are as varied as the benefi ts: guided/silent  meditation, walking, transcendental, tai chi, yoga, to name a few. 

As we experience the holidays and begin a New Year, I hope you will consider feeding your  mind as you’re feeding your body, building your character around patience and inner peace. 

Ann Curtis, Managing Editor 

The Earth Spirit Center in Louisville offers a variety of classes, as does the Yoga Meditation & Therapy  Center in Lexington. EarthAndSpiritCenter.org, YogaHealthCenter.org. Also, check out Dr. Hedy Kober,  professor of psychology at Yale University, explaining mindfulness meditation in a TEDx talk:  https://vimeo.com/93676 

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Incurvatus in se

Reaching deep into my past memory as a theology major at a small Texas college,  I recall the Latin term some scholars used for Original Sin as incurvatus in se— which can be  translated “to be curved in on one’s self.”  I cannot think of a better term to describe this year’s election: special interest and self centered  candidates across the country from both sides with free and paid media budgets  larger than the Gross National Product of many countries, used expertly to lead and mislead  a vulnerable nation. (Where have all the true statesmen/women gone?) 

We are now left with a future where, if policies and ideas being promoted (including food  and agriculture) are actually implemented, the results will not simply be felt over the next four  years but rather for decades.  I am left exhausted, mentally spent, perhaps a little clinically depressed. Maybe I need a  change of scenery. (New publisher of Edible wanted?) 

Perhaps there is only one thing left to do: EAT. Comfort food shared with family and  friends. A shared meal has always been a path for conversation. Try taking a deep breath and  share a meal with someone from the other side, however you may defi ne that. Focus on policy,  not personality, and listen. You might fi nd some common ground from which to grow. In fact,  that might be our divided nation’s best hope.  Now back to work on “Celebrating the Pleasure of Local Food and  Beverage” here in Kentucky. 

Steve Makela, Editor-in-Chief


Photo: Leslie Friesen

Edible Louisville & the Bluegrass thanks Tomese Buthod for her incredible  contribution of time  and talent over the past seven years (41 issues!)  She has shared more  than 150 recipes with us.  May we in turn share  that bounty with others. 

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