Reflections on food for body, mind and soul: themes from Gospel of John

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed.—  Muriel Rukeyser

Riverdance — Bill Whelan, Riverdance, language: English & Gaelic

Hear my cry in my hungering search for you
Taste my breath on the wind
See the sky as it mirrors my colors
Hints and whispers begin

I am living to nourish you, cherish you
I am pulsing the blood in your veins
Feel the magic and power of surrender to life
Uisce Beatha

Every finger is touching, searching
Until your secrets come out
In the dance as it endlessly circles
I linger close to your mouth

I am living to nourish you, cherish you
I am pulsing the blood in your veins
Feel the magic and power of surrender to life
Uisce Beatha

A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘the universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish the delusion but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind. — Albert Einstein

Jesus offered thanks before he broke the bread — thanks to God, no doubt, but I’ll bet he also thanked the person who had baked the bread and poured the wine. Perhaps, being Jesus, he also considered the farmers who scythed the wheat and cut the clusters from the vine, the millers and vintners and those who gathered salt or crushed the olive for its oil. I don’t think its far-fetched to imagine him acknowledging the gift of the earth itself, broken by the plow and nourished by the rain that poured so the seeds could sprout and the grapes grow gladly. Maybe grace in those days, was a psalm sung gladly … — Kate Braestrup

Nourish Mind

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. — Earl Nightingale

You can’t be a resource for others unless you nourish yourself. — Alexandra Stoddard

How would your life be different if … You were conscious about the food you ate, the people you surround yourself with, and the media you watch, listen to, or read? Let today be the day … You pay attention to what you feed your mind, your body, and your life. Create a nourishing environment conducive to your growth and well-being today. ― Steve Maraboli, The Power of One

By checking in routinely to ensure your mind is aligned with your core values and what it is you want to feel and create in your life, you are able to choose your thoughts from a place of deliberation and clarity. This generates more peace, health, and happiness. — Theresa Ho

You have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience … ― Anaïs Nin

Nourish Body

To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. — William Louden

Sustainability is important because we all are responsible to nourish our planet. And real food should be delicious, safe, affordable, and accessible to all. All without compromise. — Denise Morrison

There’s something sacred in all of us that we need to protect, and sleep is a way to connect with it, nourish it, and make it more present in our lives. — Arianna Huffington

Nourish Soul

You have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls … — Oswald Chambers

We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. ― Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

There are some things in life that deserve to be nourished simply for their own sake. Art is one, music is another, good reading is a third, but the power of the contemplative vision is the greatest of them all. — Joan Chittister

We are all regionalists in our origins, however ‘universal’ our themes and characters, and without our cherished hometowns and childhood landscapes to nourish us, we would be like plants set in shallow soil. Our souls must take root – almost literally. — Joyce Carol Oates

Where is your water? Know your garden. ― Hopi teaching

No amount of good food can nourish a starving soul. ― Catherine Barnhoorn, Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics

The arts, quite simply, nourish the soul. They sustain, comfort, inspire. There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom. — Gordon Gee

Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. — Thich Nhat Hanh

I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.
Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way