I have always had the impression that quick sparkling repartee, the news or deadly discussions at the dinner table definitely do not aid digestion.
I am often accused of being in a trance or at least somewhere else, preferring – like the monks – silence to concentrate on helping the digestive process by concentrating on the benefits that the food is bringing to the body and mind and therefore the Spirit – at least that’s my excuse!
There is a lot to be said for frugal, small portion meals and all that that brings to the total self and recently we have been trying the regimen of fasting to see if that suits us. Starting in a small way we make a thin soup from cooking our mixture of vegetables, that we would eat at a normal meal, which we have at midday, a coffee at breakfast, tea in the afternoon and a drink and small toast in the evening, with as much water as we need during the rest of the day. As I say it’s a start, we believe in doing things gradually so as not to shock the body. So far we are very happy with the new system.
I read recently that the whole idea of Breakfast like a king, Lunch like a prince and Dinner like a pauper has gone out the window as it has been found that the body wants to digest food at night! Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. But like everything else in this time of discernment it is up to us to choose the right way that suits us, which means carefully listening to our bodies with an eye on the bathroom scales!
So politics and anything else that provokes excitement is out at the dinner table. I wonder if humour would be OK? Apart that is from sharing how grateful we are for all that we have and how much we appreciate our life. It would certainly make for a more peaceful repast which, lets face it, would not be a bad thing!
Enjoy with Love, David