That's right, the body. This miraculous meat suite that ages and evolves and regenerates new cells every day. It is our vehicle for feeling. Without this body, we wouldn't feel. Without feeling we aren't guided on our own wild path of life.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said:
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
The second half of this quote really set the woo-woo world on fire. I think it gave permission to boldy go where most hadn't gone yet....the greater essence of life outside, inside, and beyond the body.
Yin Yang, people....yin/yang.
We are ALSO human beings being a spiritual being being a human being. (did I loose ya?) I am gut-laughing as I type this because this is fucking genius and I didn't quite realize how simple this is until I wrote it....just now. Ahhh the glories of blogging....
Anyway, point is. I want to LOVE my body for the spirit and soul it carries. I want to honor it as equally as I do my soul. I want to be WHOLE in this human and spirit experience and for me, that means allowing both sides to be seen and heard.
The body has these feeling senses that allows the soul to communicate, to learn, and to express itself through crafting our lives. The spiritual being relies on the human being body to apply purpose, creation, and wisdom. And isn't it incredible that our spirits can feel touch, smell fresh cut grass, hear the wind in the trees, and taste delicious food. Our spiritual beings wouldn't know this ecstasy without our human being bodies.
Okay, so the body matters. How you feel about your body. How you care for your body. Do you listen to your body? Do you take time to experience your senses? Today I feel like doing something I've never done before: give you a recipe ritual.
Recipe first: Fudgey Peanut Butter Cups (can be doubled)
In a small pot slowly melt at a medium heat:
- 1/2 c. raw, virgin, cold pressed coconut oil, and when it's almost completely melted turn off heat and add
- 1/2 c. raw peanut butter (or whatever you want/have or sunbutter for the nut allergics)
- 1/3 c. raw honey (can be reduced to 1/4 c. if you want a darker chocolate experience)
- 1/2 c. raw cocoa powder
- splashes of vanilla
- dashes of instant espresso powder (optional)
Wisk all these ingredients together until well combined. Then use an immersion blender in the mix for several minutes. The mix will smooth out and volume up.
Let cool for about 15-20 minutes.While cooling, prepare your treat recepticle. I use a mini muffin pan lined with silicone cups. You can use big muffin pans lined with paper cups. Or something else. If you have silicone molds or cups, it will be easier to get to while ravenously enjoying your treat...and easier to clean. But use what you have.
Pour into plastic lock bag and seal. Clip a small corner of the bag to make an opening to dispense the yummy goodness. And begin bag piping your yummies into whatever cups you are using. Place in fridge until set. Keep in fridge.
Ritual Time: You can prep for this while your yummies are setting in the fridge!
Smudge your self and your home. While doing this, take DEEP breaths and let your worries go. Seek out the end of your exhale and drop your Self into the body, feeling yourself open, shift, and relax. Keeping reaching for and connecting more to that silence at the end of your exhale. Enjoy the experience of your senses. Let go and BE.
Do something that feels luxurious to you. A cup of something in a candlelit bath? A nap? Meditate? Yoga? Journal write? Draw? Whatever it is...take 30 minutes and do it for YOU. And do it with heightened senses...FEEL what you are doing. Experience the feeling of what you are doing and experience it from the inside of your human body.
When it's time to eat your fudgey treat, remain in the bigness of your being. What does it really feel like to grab the refrigerator door and open it. Focus on feeling the coldness of the pan. Open your heart to the beauty of the dark lil' yummies. Let the floodgates of excitement roll out of your cells as you slowly pick up a fudgey cup...go slowly, feel every moment...marvel at your creation...what does it feel like in your fingers? Smell it. Taste it. Chew slowly, gently, and with love of the moment. Feel your body swell with celebration at the juicy enjoyment of your whole sensory system engaged, ignited, and enlivened. Feel what you feel and then...just....fucking....love...it!
Now, can you honestly tell me that this isn't a spiritual experience? If you did do this, and want to share your experience, I'd love to hear your comments below. Or if you blog yourself, share it there. Whatever! Just try and experiment with this thing called human life.