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. Our daily routine is composed of classical meditation techniques from ancient yoga. We practice alternating breathing exercises, introspective techniques and simple yoga postures, as they did in yogic communities and classical universities of old India thousands of years ago.
Ancient yoga is simple, poetic and based on a meditative trend according to the principles that gave rise to it in classical India. Its most basic objective is to strengthen the following four faculties of the mind (called bhavas) through yogic postures and breathing exercises:
I. Virtue (dharma bhava)
II. Detachment (vairagya bhava)
III. Knowledge (jnana bhava)
IV. Power (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)
The health of the spine, the purification of inner energy channels through stretching and balances, plus a correct storage of vitality by stimulating the main bodily energy centres, is incompatible with adverse emotional states of mind or a pessimistic approach to life.
From Finca Elefante we promote conscious body movement and human sensitivity through contact with the rhythms of nature, thus strengthening with physical exercise not only the bones and muscles which shape us, but also the internal energies that essentially unite us to the wind, the birds, the trees, the mountains, the rain, the clouds, the sky, the earth, the plants, and everything that surrounds us.
Food seems to inspire in us not only hunger or satisfaction, but also 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.
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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