I was inspired to write a short post on the power of digesting. We are speaking of digesting our nutrients but also our lives. These concepts go hand in hand in my book. I am not here to talk about enzymes or hydrochloric acid pills to help with your digestion. And certainly not heart burn pills or anti acids..no way jose:) What I want to talk to you about is how to reclaim your power to digest powerfully. I want you to take your awareness to your belly right now with out any judgement. Is your belly clenched? Are you having long slow deep belly breaths as you invest quality time here in the Sacred Backyard? I want you to get in touch with what is happening in your belly region. Our stomach point is actually in that lowest point of the rib cage in our center. The stomach point often test weak in clients and this is due to many different factors that we shall save for another post. For now let’s travel further down to the large intestine, these points are on either side of your belly button. Here we can start to let the muscles relax and take some deep belly breaths. Now we are starting to soften up here so that as food comes down it will ultimately digest properly leaving nutrients to be absorbed and waste to be excreted in the bowel movements shortly there after.
As we bring more awareness to this area we really can start to see how it relates to our emotions and thoughts. When we sit in meditation we are often way more aware of the belly breath. What about when we are in traffic or going thru something stressful? Often the belly is tightening up to some degree and it takes our consciousness to become more still and aware to what is happening inside us. What are we thinking and feeling while we are eating? Are we engaging in other activities while eating? Being present while eating assists us to maintain connection with our bodies and our minds so that we can be in a place of peace while eating.
What about exercises that can help us with digesting more powerfully? We can do some really amazing belly yoga, here is what you can do:
- Stand with your legs shoulder with apart and bend slightly to put your hands on your thighs.
- Next take a big belly breath and let all the air out letting the belly hollow out.
- Once this happens you can begin to pump the stomach up near the rib cage.
- Do this a few times then take a big breath in again and continue for several rounds.
- Do this on an empty stomach or 2 or more hours after a meal.
Giving our stomachs a well deserved break is also an incredible way to re-build your own hcl levels and let the stomach and organs process the foods coming in. You do this with your weekly water fast, it gives the body time to process things and gives us greater connection to our body parts. It can also give us more mindful awareness as we eat. Speaking of another option is to exist on blended foods for a time. I love to do this, it gives me pleasure and great joy to utilize my energy in other creative ways instead of digesting a large meal. We can also skip breakfast and drink lots of fresh clean water with lemon or raw fermented apple cider vinegar. We can make an herbal tea and around mid morning our digestive fire has begun to wake up ready to assimilate. Here we might do some liquid or blended nutrition. Lunch is our biggest meal and waiting until true hunger is upon us helps to make sure digestive juices are ready to process the foods. The Apple Cider Vinegar also assists us with producing hydrochloric acid in our bellies. This could be sipped slowly with the meal or in b/t meals too.
Hot peppers are a great way to build internal heat in the body if you are eating living foods, I like to mix them into my morning smoothie or green juice. Juicing habanero peppers is amazing. Adding cayenne pepper to your lemon water is a great way to get circulation flowing and once again build internal heat.
Chinese herbs can also build internal heat. Ginseng & Longan are great fro activating the Qi and tonifying the spleen.
When we are digesting our food well we are often digesting our life well, we are taking responsibility for our life and then assimilating that which serves us and letting go of that which does not.
As always, thanks for stopping by the Sacred Backyard, it’s nice being with you!