Silent Dinner – The Art Of Eating In Silence

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Explore Your Relationship to Food

Ayurveda knows: how we eat is just as important as what we eat. Even the healthiest food can harm the body if we hork it down hectically. The vedic wisdom of health recommends to eat in a calm atmosphere – possibly in silence.

Eating in silence helps us to re-learn to listen to our inner voice that knows exactly what we need and when. We come back to ourselves and our individual needs and have the possibility to explore our individual relationship with food and the process of eating. This autumn I will facilitate a series of silent dinners – partly in co-operation with the organic supermarket Temma. Scroll down for more information about the silent dinners and the dates.

Help! What Should I Eat?

Health food has become a megatrend. More and more organic super markets enable a huge offer of fresh produce, exotic superfoods and brand new processed products. The enormous offer also causes some confusion. Which food is right for me? Am I a vegan or do I eat Paleo? Do I favor cooked ayurvedic foods or should I rather go raw? All philosophies seem to have good arguments, but whom should I follow?

The truth is that we actually know exactly what is good for us. Beyond all food schools there is this inner voice that knows what we need and when. Unfortunately, this voice is mostly overheard due to all the noise around us: the rip-roarer of the market and the advertising. A multitude of stimuli that we are exposed to every day. Today, we think about healthy nutrition more than ever, but we unlearned to feel what we actually need.

Eating Meditations in Yoga, Ayurveda and Zen

To re-learn trusting our inner voice, Ayurveda, Yoga and Zen recommend conscious eating. Also in the West, this practice becomes more and more popular. The US-American Zen-Chef Edward Espe Brown facilitates workshops in which the participants chew on a single potatoe chip until they don’t like its actual quite lame taste anymore.

Kundalini Yogis practice the so-called “Bhoj Kriya”. Kria is Sanskrit and means “action”. It mostly means a sequence of yoga positions.  “Bhoj” means “food” Thus, Bhoj Kriya is “the practice to eat”. Every bite is worshipped and taken in gratitude and awareness. A fully new and fresh contact to the food and the process of taking the food in emerges.

The One Who relaxes, digests better

The Indian Ayurveda doctor Arun Sharma emphasizes that a relaxed attitude towards food and yourself is most important for health. Even the healthiest food can turn to the so-called “ama” (undigested, toxins) if it is taken without peace.

When we are under stress the body releases hormones that block digestion processes. This used to be important for survival. When we had to protect ourselves from the attack of a saber-toothed tiger, the body had to mobilize all energies at once to fight or flight immediately. All other processes in the body like regeneration or digestion had to wait in order to secure survival. Unfortunately, today due to the ever increasing demands and speed of life we are often permanently in a fight or flight mode.

Self love, Not Self Optimization

Essentially, conscious eating just means to eat with awareness. To consciously experience the process of eating in the very moment in which it takes place. Awareness techniques like yoga and meditation can help us to reduce stress, become more aware and in touch with our own needs.

It’s probably impossible for most modern city people to eat every bite of every meal consciously. But this is not necessary. After all, it’s not about self optimization but just a loving treat for ourselves! Thus, it’s better to practice without pressure whenever it feels right and relaxed, consciously doing something that is good for you.

The Silent Dinner

Indulging in a simple but good organic buffet we will explore our individual connection to food and the process of eating together in the group. Some meditations and awareness techniques will prepare us and bring us in a relaxed, subtle state.  When everybody picked their food, the silent part of the dinner will begin. Guided by a led meditation, we are going to worship every bite in gratitude and awareness. Eating thus becomes a meditation, a conscious celebration of the moment. In the end there will be the chance to socialize and share experiences in the group.

 

October 22th

Silent Lunch. Organic lunch buffet and food meditation. 12am-3pm.

Heilpraktikschule at Bethanien, 3rd floor, Mariannenplatz 2A, Berlin-Kreuzberg. 39€.

Prior booking required: www.paypal.com/theyog

 

November 11th

Silent Dinner x Temma. Organic dinner buffet and food meditation at Temma. 7-10pm.

Temma Biomarkt at Quartier 206, Friedrichsstraße 71, Berlin-Mitte. 39€. Prior booking required. Book at Temma supermarket or via paypal: www.paypal.com/theyog

 

November 25th

Silent Dinner x Temma. Organic dinner buffet and food meditation at Temma. 7-10pm.

Temma Biomarkt at Quartier 206, Friedrichsstraße 71, Berlin-Mitte. 39€. Prior booking required. Book at Temma supermarket or via paypal: www.paypal.com/theyog

 

 

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