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Most people think of the di-
gestive process as something
limited to the foods and liquids
we stuff into our mouths daily.
However, digestion is best un-
derstood as a metaphor for life.
According to the Eastern sys-
tems of self-healing, our entire
body is an aggregate of differ-
ent types of digestive intelli-
gences. For example, our eyes
digest light waves so we can
make perceptual sense of our
Our ears digest sound waves
so we may enjoy our favor-
ite music, (or get indigestion
from listening to our windows
vibrate from secondhand rap
blaring from a car three blocks
away). When we touch one an-
other, our hands digest intimate
contact through the tactile feel-
ing feedback system.
There is a reason for this con-
glomerate of digestive efforts.
That is because, as Eastern phi-
losophies say, everything we
encounter is a form of food;
Divine Love and Wisdom has
accessorized our human expe-
rience with a myriad of assorted
digestive skills, so we might get
the most from the nurturing sus-
tenance of life as it is offered to
us in its entirety. We are literally
digesting our lives.
What digesting your life in
practical everyday terms means,
is that every thought, feeling,
experience, emotion, etc., that
touches our lives, is a form of
food (since "Man does not live
by bread alone"). So let's eat!
The first thing we have to be
able to do with our food is....
we have to be able to swallow
it. Then we need to be able to
stomach it.
Once we've got it down, we
need to pull from these forms
of food what enhances us,
makes us stronger,
wiser, more loving,
healthier, balanced
people. Finally, we
need to be able to
let the rest go -- to
recognize and re-
lease the waste in
our lives, for what
it is.
Now that we have
the food part down,
let's move on to the
m a i n c o u r s e , t h e
meaty metaphor. The Eastern
self-healing philosophies real-
ly want you to understand that
your thoughts, emotions, per-
ceptions and experiences trav-
el through your digestive tract
in the identical fashion as the
physical food you eat... because
IT IS a form of food -- a non-
physical form of food.
If you take something in,
mentally or emotionally, and
you do not release whatever
part of that process contains the
waste, you are still carrying that
around in your body.
So, how much of what we
give our attention to, and how
much of what we feel about life,
can we really swallow, stomach,
and convert into life sustaining
We do it with our awareness.
When we find ourselves giving
our attention to worry, or some
other inner dialogue about how
we do not have enough time,
love, money or opportunity, do
we ever question that food? Do
we stop and ask ourselves, "Is
that really what we want to feed
Did we come to planet Earth
and take a body so we could
swallow that garbage?" What is
the Divine plan behind feeding
ourselves a daily critical diet of
"didn't do it right" and "not good
enough" tasteless morsels? Bet
you can't eat just one!
In other words, how much of
the time, when we find ourselves
giving our attention to limiting
things, do we realize we are ac-
tually feeding ourselves refuse,
and how much of the time are
we just mindlessly taking it in
as something that has value
and legitimate meaning in our
If you find your-
self consuming mass
quantities of nega-
tivity, in the same
way the Coneheads
consumed beer and
chips, there is a di-
gestive remedy. Stop!
Recognize what you
are giving your atten-
tion to, and choose
something else. Giv-
ing your attention to
what is unlimiting will always
purify the poison.
When you give your atten-
tion to what is unlimiting, the
emotional, mental and physical
bodies will immediately recog-
nize what needs to be discard-
ed, and what needs to be taken
deeper to sustain life.
Do you ever wonder why the
body holds onto some forms
of waste and toxins and releas-
es others? Ever wonder why it is
some people can eat foods that
make others ill? How can that
happen? The truth is, digestion
is a metaphor, as well as a phys-
ically-based reality.
How well our body is (or is
not) digesting food is a reflec-
tion of the bigger picture: how
well are we digesting our lives
-- our thoughts, our emotions,
our experiences and our percep-
tions. What toxic energy are we
holding onto perceptually and
emotionally, that our bodies, by
way of disease and illness, are
reflecting back to us?
What are we inviting our-
selves to let go of internally --
psychologically and physiologi-
cally? What is it that our bodies
cannot separate from, because
the mind has formed an attach-
ment to? In the flow of life, what
are we holding onto, because
we do not understand what is
enhancing and what is dimin-
ishing? What are we eating ver-
sus what is eating us? What are
we mindlessly consuming, and
what are we consuming mind-
In the same way the brain
digests our thoughts and beliefs,
and the nervous system digests
what we feel on a tactile level,
our internal organs, in addition
to having physical food-related
function, also digest our emo-
tions. According to the Eastern
system of medicine, each inter-
nal organ has a specific emotion-
al food digestive/transformative
For example, the stomach,
spleen, and pancreas digest
anxiety, worry, and nervousness.
That is why we get "butterflies"
in the stomach when anticipat-
ing or perceiving something
that involves stress. The liver
and gallbladder take on anger,
rage, envy, and frustration.
The heart and small intes-
tines digest impatience, and the
kidneys and bladder deal with
fear and terror. The lungs and
large intestines have the task of
breaking down loneliness, sad-
ness and grief, as well as low
self-esteem issues and a feeling
of worthlessness.
This is how one begins to
unravel the unresolved uncon-
scious issues in life. Look at the
body's health. What organs are
stressed? Where is the weak
link in the chain? There you will
discover the undigested system-
ic problems in your life.
So the next time your find
yourself hungry for any aspect
of life, take a deep breath; focus
on what is most life enhancing;
only eat at fine-dining estab-
ishments, and be sure to read a
menu first. Assess your choices,
and most of all... try not to eat
what's sitting out back in the gar-
bage cans. But if you do, learn to
let it go! Happy releasing!
Vaishali is the author of "Wisdom
Rising" and "You Are What You Love."
She is also a natural health and well-
ness practitioner and radio host of
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