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How the World's Wisdom Traditions See Eating as Spiritual Practice

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The world's great wisdom traditions all acknowledge the centrality of food; their practices remind us of its deeper meaning, beyond filling our bellies.

Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk who writes and teaches brilliantly on spiritual practice, offers this simple but profound key to the spiritual life: Pay attention to what you're doing when you feel most alive. "Wherever we come alive," he says, “that is where we are spiritual."  Many of us feel a powerful sense of life and vitality when we're dealing with food — whether we're growing it carefully, cooking it lovingly, eating it joyfully, or consuming it wisely. The world's great wisdom traditions all acknowledge the centrality of food; their practices remind us of its deeper meaning, beyond filling our bellies. In these pages, our media editors, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, draw our attention to four extraordinary books that explore these practices from a variety of perspectives, providing a rich menu of choices to enhance our own appreciation and practice. Bon appétit. Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul by Deborah Kesten (Conari Press, 1997, paperback, $14.95) This book is an excellent overview of the spiritual significance of food in the world' …

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat were this magazine's media editors in its early days, and the authors of Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Touchstone). 


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