The really deep moments in meditation are unpredictable, unique, unforgettable, always unrepeatable and, generally, indescribable. They are like a trip of self-discovery by unexplored internal lands, which is completed only when we have opened our eyes with perceptions “of the beyond” different from those who have never embarked on experiences of this kind… They are like the episode of a ceremony that celebrates connecting to an inner source of inexhaustible energy.
At Finca Elefante we learn meditating, being through silence that we nourish ourselves with wisdom. We work with classical meditation techniques from the scientific part of ancient yoga: some focused on breathing, others on different subtle aspects of consciousness, and some others belonging to classical texts, all with the main objective of purifying our being thus establishing a greater connection with a field that lies beyond mind, improving the relationship we have with ourselves under a scientific approach towards the internal energy that makes us up.
During our practical sessions, long periods of meditation are combined with breathing exercises, ancient introspective techniques and simple postures of ancient yoga, just as they did in some yogic communities and classical universities of India thousands of years ago.
The yoga that we practice is simple, humanized and based on a meditative tendency according to the principles that gave rise to it in ancient India. Among its various action goals, the most basic is to strengthen the following four faculties of the mind (called bhavas) through simple postures and breathing exercises:
I. Purpose of life (dharma bhava)
II. Detachment (vairagya bhava)
III. Self-knowledge (jnana bhava)
IV. Self-suffiency (aishvarya bhava)
Similarly, in approaching life in a holistic way, ancient yoga defines the following four fundamental pillars and their respective daily practices for achieving integral health:
I. Healthy diet (ahar)
II. Healthy recreation (vihar)
III. Healthy routines (achar)
IV. Healthy thoughts (vichar)
Food seems to inspire in us not only hunger or satisfaction, but much more: love, patriotism, forgiveness, devotion; probably up to depression, anger, loneliness, nostalgia. The relationship we have with food goes beyond simply satisfying hunger or nourishing the body. It creates connections, makes friends, favors romanticism, and makes the child trust his mother… It connects us to others, it connects us to Nature.
When food strengthens the body and the Earth, it nourishes; when it pollutes, it depletes. What happens, then, when this principle also applies to our relationships through food? What happens when it separates us from the rest of the community? What when we lose the point and become extremists? Can the rigidity of thought lead us to true health?
And to all this, what then is food? What is its meaning in our lives? What to eat, when to eat, how to eat? Where should food come from: from nature or from the factory? Why is food essential? What is its role in our connection with the Earth and our body? Who should we listen to when we are hungry: the body or the recommended nutrient table? – to calories or to official information? Are we made to have a relationship with food? Who should answer these questions: common sense, instinct, or the wisdom of the body? –or fear, information, or rumors?
Let’s find the answers within us, each morning at sunrise, sitting next to the silent energy plunged into deep meditation. Let us learn, explore and understand our relationship with nature, silence and food, leading a healthy life that allows us to smile from the heart.
Those of us who live here, as well as those who come to enjoy our meditation and yoga trainings and retreats, feed mostly with clean products under totally vegan standards (some gluten might be there). This is how we make food a gift of love towards ourselves.
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