What Is the Relationship Between Diet & Spirituality

What Is the Relationship Between Diet & Spirituality



I read a quote where you were discussing people's food choices and how that's connected maybe to their spirituality and I'm wondering if you can elaborate on how that's connected especially concerning ahimsa thank you I would say I've never as I never do to tell people you should do this or you should not do that but you should be present with whatever your food choices are and then the right food choice will happen for you rather than giving a an abstract guideline it needs to come from within rather than as something from without so if you are vegetarian that's wonderful it doesn't mean that mediately makes you into a person who is spiritual you could be egoic li identified with being vegetarian in which case it would be a hindrance to the realization of the spiritual dimension so I saw I shocked a vegetarian once when I said did you know that Hitler was a vegetarian that person was very strongly identified with a mental image of me as a spiritual evolved vegetarian and so yes he was a very trying I don't know why it was a vegetarian perhaps I don't know I haven't read about it but I know that when he whenever people around Hitler were eating chicken soup and so he said condescendingly so you're eating dead bird soup so it really is it comes the answer to that comes from within you and you have to do what feels right what corresponds to your state of consciousness at any time when you go into when you even look at food to even think of food it is helpful to sometimes when I buy some foods I go into a supermarket or summer and I look at the shelf I imagine that this is going into my body and then the body either opens after it or closes down and so if you are in touch with the body then that is quite helpful it makes it easier the mind often doesn't really know what what the body really wants it's a mine remember some past pleasure and wants to repeat it and that's where overeating also a curse because it's just overeating is on the external level on the physical level the need to fail a sense of insufficiency that is ultimately there on the SOI psychological spiritual level the sense of not enough is ego the ego lives from that sense of insufficiency of not enough and of needing more and for some people that becomes into the physical realm in which case and you eat more than the body really needs or wants and again it's it's a spiritual dilemma it can only be really ultimately transcended if you realize that you are not that needy entity that says I need more so body awareness helps a lot in food choice and then it's up to you what it is that you feel and you will know there but you will not be in a dilemma you will know what is right for you and so this is all important answers need to come from within you you

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  1. Not sure about this one. You could use body awareness and auto-answering your own questions within to justifying doing anything.

  2. If you are eating meat or dairy. Your food choices are causing suffering to the environment, animals, and your body. Everyone is at a different place with their spiritual journey, but I believe everyone's goal should be to eat the least amount of animal products as possible. Going vegan was a powerful part of the awakening process in my experience. Meditate and ask yourself if you want to cause suffering, I'm guessing the answer is no.

  3. So true. I'm now on a plantbased diet. I would never have considered it five years ago. It wasn't until I was awoken and put on this spiritual journey that brought me to where I am today with my relationship to food choices. It was a natural evolution.

  4. Your Spirit Body "Within" you KNOWS what is Good and Right for you to Eat. This is who you should listen to. Just Ask and then Listen! If you get something wrong..your body will tell you!

  5. I eat meat several times a week and enjoy it. I also eat and enjoy raw fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. I would be a vegetarian, but I am unable to digest dairy, nuts, gluten, etc. I expect by the end of the 21st, only the very wealthy will eat meat, while the masses consume meat-like substitutes. For me, poor digestion is the greatest impediment to spiritual growth, so I TRY to only consume foods that digest well, which, interestingly, includes lean meat (beef, poultry and fish). I appreciate Eckhart's measured and insightful response.

  6. I didnt feel any different being vegan than when eating meat. Im kind to as many people as possible all the time regardless of food choice.

  7. 3.5 years vegan now ex vegan for several months….

    Tough lessons on the way in & the way out the other side.

    Knew Tolle would have some great stuff to say on this critical issue. Did not disappoint. The answer does not come from from without (an abstract guideline) it comes from within.

  8. I guess we should discuss how lions are bad for chasing and killing zebras. Birds for eating worms and eagles for eating snakes. This reality eats and excretes itself. It is not right nor wrong, it is what it is. I bless the food I eat and heal whatever joins with me. Soon the body will be food for plants, no need to judge the body that eats meat and you are not superior because you dont. This is the egos world and it is meaningless, it will forever be unless it ends. Stop trying to be relevant, nothing you do will make you better and neither will the world be better for it. We are no different from carrots. Our true nature is NO SELF.

  9. Even the wonderful and fabulous Eckhart Tolle can find himself out of his element. This man has helped me greatly, but he didn't really answer the question. For one thing, Hitler's "vegetarianism" has been convincingly debunked. My guess is that Eckhart has spent little time with the philosophies that ground diet as it relates to earth and animal protection. They're rich and varied, and some are ancient. Too, I wish people who assume vegans think they're better than everyone else (a point that quickly arises around these issues ~ and yes, granted, a few do act that way) would look into them as well.

  10. This is so wonderful to see in video. In my life, tea is also food. The understanding of what tea I am drinking, who picked it, how it was prepared, stored, transported, and what I do with it, are things that keep me grounded. Living with tea has lead to many other teachings. And helped me be as vegan as possible. I don’t need anything else.

  11. Isn't this one of those false teachers the Christ spoke about? I'm pretty sure he is so don't believe s word he says. Amen.

  12. How 'bout just treating others with kindness regardless of whether they are human or otherwise. Not sure why the answer needs to be more complicated than that. One will then be able to decide if they want to eat a dead animal for dinner. Of course though there are vegetarians who are not as concerned about other people. The answer is to be loving to all.

  13. I like to eat junk. I'm present with it. Thanks for explaining that the correct choice comes from within. Man those people will laugh at anything. Sometimes I want to punch those kind of people in the face. Edit. Was a good video. Thanks.

  14. Everything lives by eating something else.From bacteria to elephants. Plants emit scents, ect to deter insects from eating them. Know anything you choose to put in your body has been raised in a ethical way.

  15. I don’t quite agree with him. To begin with, his theory only works/apply to people who has access to food and that it is a secondary element in their life as oppose to those who suffer from hunger, or do not have access to much food. I believe it is a more cultural and maybe psychological, in some cases, habit of eatings. For example, in Japan, they tend to eat smaller portions than in Samoa. Or in India, you have plenty of cultures that adopted a vegetarian cuisine centuries ago. In Africa, they eat cookies made out of dirt, and so on.

  16. I did therapeutic fasting for 4 weeks, it helped me to cure the body a lot, because then the body doesn't always have to handle imbalanced or heavy food, which I would usually eat because of not knowing or not understanding which food is right. After this period of time I learned how I can look into my feeling of the body which tells me, whether something will be good for me to eat or not <3

  17. one of the most touching image I think is of the native american hunter who explains to the hunted animal that his people need food and asks its consent to eat its meat to help people stay strong

  18. Unfortunately food is not something one can choose.
    You get your answer when you get sick, you can be vegetarian or not but when you get ill you better change your way of eating or you'll die.
    Your body knows better than you…..it's really not a choice!

  19. Eckhart Tolle ("Guardians of Being"): ' When you are PRESENT, you can sense the Spirit, the One Consciousness, in EVERY CREATURE and LOVE IT AS YOURSELF.
    LOVE is a DEEP EMPATHY with the other’s “Beingness”. YOU RECOGNIZE YOURSELF, YOUR ESSENCE, IN THE OTHER. And so you can NO LONGER INFLICT SUFFERING ON THE OTHER. '
    Is it enough to understand? Do you need something more??

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