Always leave some
space within when you eat.
An empty space within is a magnet for the life force: for inspiration, introspection, and keeping your attention awake.
Today is your day to eat moderately.
Enjoy the alertness that ingesting small amounts brings about.
Although we tend to think of the spiritual traditions as dealing with eternal truths, morality, and the after-life, most of them are full of helpful teachings about health, diet, money, and other aspects of life in the material world.
The prophet Muhammad often talked about food, spices, and the rituals of eating, saying that God preferred that people eat in groups, for instance, and recommending the use of a “toothstick” to clean the teeth after a meal.
“There are two kinds of knowledge,” he said: “knowledge of religion and knowledge of the body.”
His statement that “the stomach is the home of disease” foreshadows the warnings of modern-day nutritionists such as Robert Gray, who often remarked that many degenerative diseases begin in the colon.
The Hindu tradition of Ayurveda is also concerned with practical matters such as diet, nutrition, exercise and personal grooming, as is Taoism in ancient text such as the Yellow Empire’s Classic of Internal Medicine.
Both tradition emphasize the value of eating and drinking the appropriate quantities of food so as to leave room in the stomach for proper digestion to occur.
Although the guidelines they lay down for precisely when and what type of food to eat can get pretty complicated, just following this one simple maxim would probably eliminate half of the ailments associated with overeating in our society.