Creation spirituality encourages us to teach the story of the universe in such a way that we can identify ourselves within it and become part of its creative process. As divine timing would have it, I was pregnant with my first child while studying this earth-centric wisdom at Holy Names College in 1996. During one of our class meditations, I had an image of being pregnant with the earth. In my vision, I was connected to the planet by a cosmological umbilical cord that both nourished the planet and removed waste from it. As I worked with this image, I considered that the human body is a microcosm of the earth, composed of the same elements in the same proportion: about three-quarters water and one-quarter solid, organic and inorganic. It was beautifully symbolic, given that the way a woman eats during pregnancy has a significant impact on the health of her baby. Similar, but much less recognized, is the idea that the way each of us eats has a significant impact on the health of the planet.
This image of being pregnant with the earth then extended to a vision of every one of us being pregnant with the earth, just as we are all connected to the planet. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Even if you do not have a baby in your womb, the seed is already there. Even if you are not married, even if you are a man, you should be aware that a baby is already there, the seeds of future generations are already there.” Placing the earth within our body helps remind us of our intimate connection with the natural world, our great dependence upon it for survival, and its great dependence upon us for survival.
Just as a child is a reflection of its mother (and father), so, too, is the earth a reflection of us. What can you do today to show the earth just how much you love it?
To dive deeper into the shamanic wisdom of this concept, please join me in my new online course: Nourish the Feminine Within 😁
SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Today, at 3:37 AM Mountain Daylight Time, we celebrate the Spring Equinox in Aries (Autumn in the southern hemisphere). Aren't we all more than ready to usher in the new? Well, now is our time. And in order for something to arise, something must die. This is the continuous play of paradox in our lives. The pregnant woman transforms into a mother with the birth of her child. The college student becomes the graduate when studies are completed. The fianceé becomes spouse after marriage vows are exchanged. When it comes to our relationship with food, I invite you to explore those parts of yourself that need to die in order for you to grow into something new. Of course, we looks towards growing in positive directions, toward greater and greater levels of physical, mental, financial, and spiritual wholeness. Following are some questions to consider during this spring equinox. You just have to choose one area of focus to create a positive change. And then, of course, is the time to take action.
1. What is ready, or getting ready, to die in your relationship with food:
· The habit of adding salt to your food before tasting it?
· Rewarding your children with unhealthy snacks?
· Reliance on caffeine to sustain your energy levels?
· Eating meat on a daily basis?
· Eating while driving, working, and/or talking on the phone?
· Eating to avoid doing other things?
· Eating to fill an emotional void?
· Carrying home your groceries in paper or plastic?
· Purchasing packaged foods when alternatives are available?
· Something else?
2. What is ready, or getting ready, to be born or to spring forth with regard to your relationship with food:
· Tasting a new fruit or vegetable?
· Starting to make regular visits to your local farmers’ market?
· Planting a fruit tree in your backyard?
· Using a TowerGarden to grow produce in an environmentally sustainable manner?
· Exploring your artistic side by learning, creating, or teaching a few new dishes?
· Considering the planet when deciding what foods to eat?
· Considering alternatives to traditional fast food while traveling?
· Taking your first step to being Imperfectly Vegan?
· Eating a meatless meal for the sake of the planet, if not for yourself?
· Taking a moment to give gratitude for your food before eating it?
· Something else?
Please share how you are releasing the old to become something new!
I love the way the universe works! Way back in 1993, my then fianceé and I had been attending Unity Church in Walnut Creek, California. Dr. Will Tuttle played the piano at the services and we fell in love with his music! So, we asked if he would play at our wedding and he said, ‘YES!’
What I didn’t realize at the time was that he and his lovely wife, Madeleine, were vegans. And not only vegans, but advocates for the lifestyle! Now I joke myself that ‘It’s no wonder they left after the ceremony, given we were offering salmon and prime rib (or some other fine cut of meat) for dinner.’ I can, however, give myself a small break in that it wasn’t for another approximately 10 years that he would publish The World Peace Diet, one of the most important books of the 21st century, currently published in over 16 languages worldwide.
And while I was already a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who was a very strong advocate for the relationship between food and spirituality, I had not, as said, begun my own plant-based journey.
Fast forward, all the beautiful learning and experiences I had been receiving combined to deepen my understanding of this connection and I proclaimed myself to be Imperfectly Vegan. After publishing my book, The Sacred Art of Eating, I was honored to speak at the 2015 San Francisco World Veg Fest. As I visited the vendor tables, there he was: Dr. Will Tuttle! After all these years, we had a new connection that was at the core of each of our lives.
Below, I share a podcast that I did with Dr. Tuttle in 2018. In it, he helps us understand what is meant by “the domination of the feminine” and how it relates to our food choices and enlightens us about the foundation of a more conscious society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. He makes explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives.
I have long maintained that we can voluntarily contribute to world peace every day by making conscious decisions about what to eat. Dr. Tuttle has a provocative, challenging, and ultimately inspiring way of highlighting that concept. If you have been vegan or plant-based for a while, you will no doubt find strong affirmation within this podcast. And if you are just opening to the idea, or even if you have no interest in releasing an omnivorous diet, this podcast will enlighten anyone wishing to understand the big picture of our culture and why we have the unyielding dilemmas we face. The connections run deep! I hope you enjoy this podcast even half as much as I did!
MY GUEST, DR. WILL TUTTLE
Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary educator and musician, is author of the international best-seller, The World Peace Diet, published in 16 languages. He is a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize. Dr. Tuttle is the author of Your Inner Islands: The Keys to Intuitive Living and is the editor of Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice, focusing on the interconnection of social justice issues. A vegan since 1980, he is a frequent radio, television, and online presenter, and has created several wellness and advocacy training programs. Featured in Cowspiracy, he is the co-founder of the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals. With a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Dr. Tuttle focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults. A former Zen monk and Dharma Master, Dr. Tuttle is also a noted composer and pianist, and lectures and concertizes extensively throughout the world promoting peace and cultural healing. See www.worldpeacediet.com for more details.
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A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with degrees in nutrition and spirituality, Lisa is uniquely qualified to help us understand our dynamic relationship with food. Her passion about the unbreakable links between food and spirituality is the result of over twenty years of academic, professional, and personal exploration. In 1987, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and received the Nutrition Sciences Departmental Citation Award. In 1990, she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley with High Honors. In 1996, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Culture and Creation Spirituality from Holy Names College, and is a Shamanic Soul Coach with certification from the Integrative Arts Institute. She is the Founder of the Imperfectly Vegan movement and author of The Sacred Art of Eating.
A sustainable lifestyle for ourselves and the planet.