We are at any given time contending with a plethora of stressors that deplete us and subtract from our overall wellness. Work related pressures, financial instability, social obligations, societal expectations, health imbalances and global uncertainties can shake us from a grounded existence and lead us down a path of instability.

Many of these things are out of our control and yet we are often feel victimized by them. Even if we get beyond one obstacle, the looming of another is inevitable.

How, then, do we exist and thrive against so much potential adversity?

Despite our inability to predict and control what unfolds in our reality, our ability to remain steadfast amidst chaos is within our power. Our commitment to sacred nourishment is the key to navigating troubling times while keeping our well-being intact.

What is Sacred Nourishment?

Sacred Nourishment is the practice of taking care of ourselves with intention. We take care of our basic needs every day, but we are simply adhering to a routine. Nourishing ourselves in a sacred manner requires us to be mindful of our practices. Consuming, moving, thinking, and behaving with mindfulness enhances our experience and contributes to our wholism and the collective well-being of the world around us. It transforms mundane acts into something sacred and wholesome.

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”
Rumi

How Do We Infuse Sacred Nourishment into a Daily Practice?

Everything we consume grants us an opportunity to nourish ourselves. That includes not only the food we eat but also the companies we choose to buy food from, way we prepare our food and how we eat. There is a difference between the basic process of eating a meal and eating with regards to Sacred Nourishment. If we eat with intention, we are mindful of where and how we do it. Grabbing fast food may satisfy our need for convenience, but it limits our experience. While it may be necessitated from time to time, making a habit of it can have a detrimental impact on our health. This goes beyond the fact that it might be unhealthily processed. Other factors subtract from its potential wholesomeness such as eating fast or eating in a less than conducive environment.

If we stay with the eating example, we can explore what a Sacred Nourishment example would look like. We would plan out a healthy meal and purchase the ingredients from local farms and sustainability-conscious companies. Having fresh organic vegetables to pick from our own garden is an even greater expression of Sacred Nourishment. Prepping and preparing the meal is done so in a relaxed, joyful and mindful manner. You sit comfortably at a beautifully set table in the company of those you love. You bring a level of gratitude and joy for the gifts bestowed upon you. Your meal is savored with appreciation and thankfulness.

Sacred Nourishment goes well beyond the food we eat. Here are a few other ways we can nourish ourselves:

  • Appreciating nature
  • Meaningful conversation with a friend
  • Writing in a journal
  • Meditation
  • Yoga and mindful movement
  • Gardening
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Reading a favorite book
  • Enjoying time with your pets
  • Listening to your favorite music
  • Doing work you love
  • Resting

There are so many more items that can be added to this list. The activities themselves aren’t necessarily nourishing unless we set the intention to have it be. The key elements are enjoying and savoring what we are doing.