I have wanted to be a member of a CSA (community-supported agriculture) since I heard about the concept. But due to the nomadic, carless lifestyle I’ve chosen to lead for most of the past 10 years or so, I have never been able to do it. Finally, though, as I wrote last week, I was able to join one! Yesterday was our first day to pick-up our bountiful basket at the Mission Hills Farmers’ Market.
(Photo by Kristyn Caetano of Envision Tea)
Last week I wrote about the June 10th PeaceMeal workshop I facilitated at Yoga Oceanside. Today, I’ll follow up on PeaceMeal with a Yogic Twist, continuing on the path of the yamas and niyamas, a philosophical framework that can help us to promote peace through food.
As mentioned in the previous post, the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) are the first two limbs of the 8-limbed path laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, one of the great yogic texts. The sutras are a series of short aphorisms that were initially passed down orally until Patanjali wrote them down over two thousand years ago. The yamas and niyamas essentially provide us with a guide for how to live a good life and reach our highest potential.
But what does this have to do with peace? Or food?
Sustained love requires commitment and devotion. Similar to the act of kneading dough, love takes effort. At times kneading (and needing) can be frustrating. Both dough and love can be gooey and messy. Anyone who has ever worked with dough knows it can stick all over your fingers and to the surface on which you work. Just as in kneading dough, love is not for the faint-hearted. Love tests our inner strength and our emotional endurance. Love asks for our unwavering commitment and devotion.