When we eat, we should concentrate our attention on the food. While eating, if we keep thinking that we are eating and focus on eating, the food will be digested well. While eating if we keep our attention on family, business or any other such matter, the food will not be digested properly.
We may think, ‘We are giving work to our brain. Digestion is happening only in the stomach. How can it be affected?” Our brain
is connected to all our body parts and glands, through a nerve called Vagus. Whatever we think about, this Vagus nerve will make the gland concerned with that thought to secrete.
For example, what do we do when we want to pass urine? Which button is to be pressed in our body for passing urine? There is no button for this. Once we think in our mind that we want to pass urine, the urine comes out. So, if our mind thinks, it can open the doors of the urinary bladder. Similarly when our mind thinks, it can close those doors.
The secret that we have to understand from this is that our mind, when it thinks, can operate our body parts. A disease first comes only in the mind. Then it is the mind which creates the disease in the body parts. Similarly, if our mind has the thought that we are healthy, only then the disease in the body parts will be cured.
For example, we may see a dream in our sleep. In the dream we may see a snake chasing us. We run fast in our dream. Suddenly, the dream ends and we sit up in our bed and see. Then our heart will be palpitating fast. Our body will be sweating a lot. We ran only in our dream. Then why did we sweat? Why does our heart palpitate fast?
This is because, in our dream when our mind thinks that we are running, our body initiates its strength to run. Then, the concerned glands are activated. What we understand from these two examples is that whatever our mind thinks about, the concerned glands in our body are activated.
Therefore, when we eat our food, only if our focus and attention are on the thought that we are eating, all the glands concerned to digestion will secrete well. Instead, if we think about family, business, children, etc. while eating food, the digestive glands do not secrete and we get diseases. Therefore, please concentrate your attention on the food while eating the food.
Some people approached a wise man and asked, “What is the reason for all the diseases in the world?” The wise man replied, “People do not eat when they eat.” They did not understand and asked the same question again. The wise man replied, “All the diseases will be cured if we eat while eating.” What is the meaning of this statement? What is eating while eating? When we eat we have to keep our attention on eating. Those who focus on eating while eating do not get any diseases.
Therefore, while eating if we give respect to the food, thank God and the nature for giving the food and say a small prayer and then eat, the diseases will be cured. Instead, if we give respect only to the doctor, the diseases will become bigger.
While eating, take the food in your hand and eat it with the thought that this food is going to go inside your stomach, get digested and converted into blood, become food for all the body parts and function as medicine for all diseases. Then we can have a healthy life.
The golden rule is, Eat food only when you feel hungry; While eating, think only about food.