In two articles, we are exploring these questions:
1. What is digestion from a metaphysical perspective?
2. Emotionally, what is at the root digestive problems?
Before we talk about the metaphysical meaning behind digestion and digestive issues, I’m going to ask you to do something that might be quite challenging for you. But if your digestion is important to you, consider suspending all of your beliefs about food for just a few minutes as you read this, so that you can quietly and serenely hear YOUR BODY’S wisdom about it.
If you believe in metaphysical healing that might seem quite obvious, but diet is one area in which I watch people form very tight attachments to their beliefs and emotions around food, as well as to food itself. If you are attached to the specific foods you eat or your dietary life-style, and are not willing to consider changes, this article probably won’t help you.
If you are willing to consider that your body is talking to you through your digestion about your whole life style, this article can help you turn digestive issues into digestive health.
Let’s define digestion:
Before we discuss the metaphysical nature digestion, let’s define the physical function of the digestive system. Here is one of the simplest definitions I’ve found from Medicine.net (http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2994):
The system of organs responsible for getting food into and out of the body and for making use of food to keep the body healthy.
Here, Dr Ananya Mandal, MD helps us define digestion by looking at two occurrences of digestion at news-medical.net (http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Digestion.aspx):
Digestion refers to the breakdown of food into smaller components that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. This digestion or catabolism is divided into two types – the mechanical digestion of food that occurs in the mouth when it is physically broken up into smaller pieces and the chemical digestion that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract when the food is broken down into small molecules by digestive enzymes.
Your digestion and your immune system:
Your immune system’s strength is directly affected by what you put in your gut. I love the explanation below about the work of your digestive system in determining what is good and what is bad for you. There are ways you can help out your digestive system, so be sure to check out their page on “What is Good Digestion?” (Yes, the site is about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but it’s got some simple and clear explanations about your digestive system):
This article offers some tips for maintaining healthy digestion in relationship to your immune system:
A metaphysical perspective of digestive health:
Here is what I received in meditation—
Digestive health is about what you digest in life. It is about receiving the gift of life, and being able to break it down into its component parts for better acceptance, or to eliminate it. It is about becoming aware of what you are asking your body, emotions and spirit to take in. Digestion teaches us to pay attention to what we are taking into our lives physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Digestive disorders are about a refusal to process what is coming in. Your system is responding to what you are receiving as a toxin.
With healthy digestion you are receiving the nourishment of life, in accordance with the design of your body. With healthy digestion, you are taking in ideas and being present to emotions in such a way that ideas that do not align with you pass through and difficult emotions are met with such love that they release.
Ideally, you spend the majority of your life digesting food, ideas and emotions that are pleasing to you and fill you with love. The natural outcome is radiant vigor for life.
In the Metaphysical Meaning Behind Digestion Part 2, we are going to look at creating a healthy physical and emotional relationship to food.