There is a serious issue in our American culture regarding food, and it’s not the obvious issue of eating unhealthy food in excessive proportions. This issue is less noticed and less often addressed. It is the fact that we eat in a rush and in solitude. It is not only important to be conscious of the food we put into our bodies, but also, the manner in which we put that food into our bodies. We should eat with others and take our time while doing so. We must set aside time to truly enjoy the meals we eat. Doing this is so fundamental to healthy eating that even if we are eating completely unhealthy, there is still some benefit to be gained by taking our time while eating, and eating with others. Although the type of food we consume is important, eating healthy is not the sole criteria for eating well. As I mentioned in my previous article, there is a strong connection between the body and the soul and, therefore, a strong connection between the food that we nourish our bodies with and the condition of our soul. Our soul, specifically, the mind, which is a part of our soul and is our capacity for rational and insightful thought, is effected by our bodily wellness. Now I want to take this connection between eating and the condition our soul even further, beyond the fact that the food we put in our body effects our minds ability to perform. We can improve the condition our soul not only by the food we consume, but by how we consume it. There is a spiritual benefit that food provides, but that also the act of eating itself provides. The act of eating can be a way for us to truly connect with others by giving us the opportunity to talk, laugh, and interact with them. This is boundlessly healthy for our spirituality because humans have been designed by God to long for and need community. All people want to be in community with others because God instills in us the inherent desire to love others and to be loved by others, and we can only experience this by being around others. Regardless of the personality type that we have, even if we introverted or timid, we all still long for community because we all want to experience love. Even those who prefer seclusion at times, still have the desire to leave isolation after a while to be with others for no person always wants to be alone. The inherent want to be loved and to be loving towards others is the reason we desire friendships, to be a part of a family, or to have a spouse. We are happier when we are loved and, although we may have selfish temptations, we are also happier when we perform selflessly loving deeds. The table is a wonderful time for us to interact with others, and is thus a great venue for expressing love. Spirituality is the means or the method of becoming more in tune with God and with the knowledge of what is truly good for us, which are both related as God wants what is truly good for us. Eating is a spiritual action because, depending on how we eat, it can be truly good for us beyond the bodily sense. Because Eatology wants to cultivate healthier spirituality and improve souls, this company encourages you to eat with others and allocate sufficient time to do so. Avoid fast food, eating in the car, or scarfing down breakfast because you are in a rush. Although Eatology meals are pre-prepared to save you time in the kitchen, the goal of Eatology is not to save you time at the table. Pull your Eatology meal out of its foil container, plate it on a dish, and sit down with your family and friends while they are eating their own food. There is so much love to be had at the table.
By: Travis Phillips