“Unless you love the body, and unless you understand the body,
you cannot grow spiritually.
The body is the temple of your soul.”
Do you perceive yourself as a soul having a body or as a body having a soul? Whatever your belief is, I want to invite you for a moment to play with the thought that your body is the temple of your soul. Imagine your body is holding the space for your soul. Create a picture in your mind, imagine how the temple of your soul would look like.
Having this picture in your mind, ask yourself how would you treat your body being the temple of your soul?
How would you honor your body as the temple of your soul?
That was the question I had the pleasure to work with during the SUNDOOR Masters Training in August 2013 at Lendrick Lodge in Scotland.
How would you answer this question? How would you honor the body as the temple of your soul?
Here is what I have written in my notebook at this time:
I handle my body with care and love, always in a gentle way. I keep my body in good shape that I can fulfill my aspirations. I nourish my body with vegan food, that’s free of animal-cruelty but full of Mother Earth’s powerful and healing ingredients. I have a close connection between my body, my mind, and my soul. I feel happy in my body. My body is the best home ever for my soul.
I trust my body. I love my body.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how achievable do these things look right now ?
Think about your current state for a moment.
Our bodies are the tangible and visible entity we expect to function 24/7, 365 days a year, and an entire life. But how much attention do you pay to your body? How do you enable your body to be your always functioning servant, to be a beautiful, and healthy temple for your soul? There are three areas to be considered: Food, moving/exercising and last but not least: your thoughts.
For today, let’s focus on food.
This change was a huge shift for me. There is only one thing I regret: that I didn’t make the decision earlier. It was a process of unlearning and relearning, not only regarding facts and information, but also regarding how to do things differently and how to create totally different nutrient-dense dishes. As my decision was based on ethical principles, there was never even a thought of going back. It’s like a spiritual journey. Once your heart and your mind have opened up, and your soul finds its place to live, there is no way back. Instead, you are looking forward to learning more and more along your journey. In the meantime, it’s still an amazing journey of learning and discovering new things.
Here is what I wrote about my journey in September 2013:
“Going vegan changed my life – literally. I could lead myself in another direction that’s much closer to my heart; it’s much more me, myself and I. I could achieve a new level of inner peace, balance, and happiness. And I have even more energy than before – OK, that may sound like a threat for those of you who know me…
I feel every moment that I don’t have any longer the animals’ suffering and the violence they had to experience in my body. It’s a feeling of deep happiness, gratitude, and connectedness. The way how deeply I feel this connectedness now, this feeling of being Earth – instead of living on Earth – changed so much for me, also to achieve another level of love. This concept of a conscious and compassionate life has now another, much deeper level for me. It became very solid and grounded because it is manifested on a daily basis.
And… my love is growing, my love is changing to a state of being.
Another beautiful journey, I’m deeply grateful for.”
Everything I wrote in 2013 is still spot on. Now, it’s an even deeper experience since then and yes – my love is still growing. Love as a state of being, and compassion as a consequence of the connectedness of all living beings on Earth. And without any doubt: my soul loves even more to live in my body. Finally, both are best friends and inspire each other.
I learned a ton of new things about food in general, to ditch “food products” and to enjoy Mother Earth’s abundant garden of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and lentils. I learned tons of new things about vegan, raw vegan nutrient-dense food. And I developed many things to a new level, to make vegan cuisine practical for people who work a lot and who travel a lot. I became a true advocate of peaceful, cruel-free food for our bodies, the temple of our souls. And I can’t wait to share all these amazing things with you. And that’s why…
Sand Hearts has got a sister: Peaceful Soulfood
Peaceful Soulfood is my newborn blog! I will share photographs, facts and figures, recipes, inspirational posts and quotes to make your vegan soulfood diet an enjoyable, delicious, heart, soul and mind-opening holistic experience. Peaceful Soulfood is not another blog of recipes.
Peaceful Soulfood is based on five pillars:
- The body is the temple of your soul. Compassionate and peaceful souls can only grow in a body that’s nourished in a cruel-free way. You cannot eat violence and expect peace.
- Animals are living beings. Open your heart and mind to those animals who are exploited, misused, abused, tortured and killed by the animal agriculture industry.
- Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right from an ethical perspective.
- What we eat has a huge impact on the environment. The animal agriculture industry is not only the most water consuming “food” industry, but also the biggest contributor to greenhouse gasses.
- Mother Earth doesn’t need us. But we need her to survive:
Just as fossil fuels are replaced by renewable and sustainable energy sources, animal-based foods will be replaced by Mother Earth’s abundance in terms of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and lentils.
Links for those of you who are interested to learn more:
- The Real Matrix – 101 reasons to go vegan
- Eat like you care
- Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
- Gentle World