Rumi’s Diet: Thoughts on Ayurvedic Food

I stopped to ponder a poem today, and I’d like to share it with you:

The Body a Prison — Rumi’s Diet

If you eat too little,

you’ll remain hungry like a crow.

If you eat to your fill,

you will suffer from stomach pains.

If you eat too little,

the result will be ill temper, dryness, and indigestions.

Eat the Food of God instead

and you’ll easily digest the nutrients,

And ride like a ship on the spiritual ocean.

Be patient and persistent in fasting,

And you’ll receive without expectation,

For the full-fed man

does not wait expectant of bread,

Wondering

Whether his meal will come sooner or later.

Unless you’re expectant,

the bounty of God’s Food will not come to you.

Practice expectation, like a true being,

for the sake of the dishes of bliss.

Every hungry person finds food at last,

for the sun shines upon us all.

When a grand guest will not eat poor food,

bring better food.

Do not hesitate to be a generous provider.

For the lofty mountain slope

expects always the dawn’s bright sun.

This poem and the image above are from one of the books in my library, called “The Illustrated Rumi”.

What caught my attention was the illustration. Each figure in the image taking an active role in preparing the food. This type of work is grounding, balancing, and cultivates a sense of appreciation and respect for the ingredients of a meal.

Of course, these days many people are on the run, have a never ending to-do list, and eat many of their meals at restaurants, but even taking the time to prepare just one meal at home from scratch engenders a sense of connection, of awareness, even a sense of gratitude for the food which nourishes you and the loved ones you cook for.

Ayurvedic food is all about slowing down. Slowing down to consider the origin of our meal, slowing down to smell the aromas, slowing down to feel our own hunger, slowing down to taste the food, and slowing down to feel nourished. Slowing down allows us to reconnect with ourselves and our surroundings. Slowing down allows us to detect and pinpoint discrepancies within our bodies and allows us to seek and find inner peace, balance, and harmony.

In my healing work I often wear several hats at once: Chef, Ayurvedic Consultant, and Energy Healer. By integrating these three disciplines, I am able to assist my clients in finding this inner harmony, in finding that which they never did lose, their true self. This is the manifestation of Ayurvedic study. Ayurveda is a method of maintaining health. To study Ayurveda is to study the guide of personal harmony.

One of the most effective ways I reach healing for my clients is through food. Everyone must eat to sustain themselves, and choosing the right foods for your individual body type, or Dosha,makes all the difference. So I paused today on this poem and image of “Rumi’s Diet” to be thankful for the work I do in helping others Seek a Truer Self.