Themes :

The food we eat is the most tangible exchange we make with our environment. Our food is what most immediately connects us with the physical world around us. When you take in food, you temporarily negate the illusion of separation between your body and the rest of existence. Food is a breach of the boundary where we normally perceive separation to begin.

In other words, food is communion. It is an affirmation of interconnection and unity with our environment. What we take in becomes, in a very visceral way, a part of us. And we increasingly become composed of it. Remember the common saying, You are what you eat.

This is exemplified in the Christian tradition when Christ tells his followers that, if they don't eat his flesh in the form of the sanctified bread they have no connection with him, he is saying that his essence must be taken into their being in the way that food is taken into the body. Divine substance must be taken in so that it becomes a part of us, and we a part of it. Our thoughts, feelings, our very cells, our total identity must be built of that divine substance -- until finally no boundary is seen between one's individual being and the eternal Being which sustains us. That is holy communion.

Similar esoteric principles are found, with greater or lesser emphasis, in all world traditions, such as Hindu traditions of prasad. Food is inherently communion with the physical world. It just requires that you peer a little deeper to recognize the more sublime communion, as well.

Something to chew on...

Poems with the theme of Food

  A Morning Offering
  Angelou, Maya Alone
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The Hawk
  Aurobindo The Word of The Silence
  Eldar Edda (Anonymous) Odin's Shaman Song (from Eldar Edda)
  Emre, Yunus The Truth fills the world
  Francis of Assisi Prayer Inspired by the Our Father
  Gibran, Kahlil Good and Evil
  Gorakhnath Gorakh Bani
  Hamadani, Ayn al-Qozat As Long as I Live
  Holderlin, Friedrich Bread and Wine, Part 7
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [7] Release your hold on earth, water, fire, wind (from The Shodoka)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [35] High in the Himalayas, only fei-ni grass grows (from The Shodoka)
  ibn Gabirol, Solomon Come to me at dawn, my beloved, and go with me
  ibn Gabirol, Solomon Where Will I Find You
  Izzet, Asik Ali The Path of the Beautiful
  Janabai There is nothing empty of divine
  John of the Cross Not for All the Beauty
  John of the Cross Song of the Soul That Delights in Knowing God by Faith
  John of the Cross The Fountain
  Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Khayyam, Omar [11] Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough
  Khayyam, Omar [56] And this I know: whether the one True Light
  Ko Un Two beggars
  Lalla Your way of knowing is a private herb garden
  Lee, Li-Young From Blossoms
  Levertov, Denise Stepping Westward
  Levine, Stephen In the realm of the passing away
  Maharshi, Ramana The Marital Garland of Letters
  Maharshi, Ramana The Song of the Poppadum
  McCombs, Chris Go Deeper
  Merton, Thomas A Practical Program for Monks
  Merwin, W. S. Finding a Teacher
  Merwin, W. S. Thanks
  Milarepa Response to a Logician
  Milarepa The Song of Food and Dwelling
  Nammalvar While I was waiting eagerly for him
  Niffari (an-Niffari, Muhammad ibn al-Hasan) Stand at the throne (from The Standing Of the Presence Chamber and the Letter)
  Oliver, Mary What is There Beyond Knowing?
  Pope, Alexander The Universal Prayer
  Rabia al-Basri (Adawiyya, Rabia al-) My joy
  Ramprasad (Sen, Ramprasad) This time I shall devour Thee utterly, Mother Kali!
  Ramsay, Jay Sadhu
  Ramsay, Jay Sadhu
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Fasting
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin What I want is to see your face
  Ryokan Even if you consume as many books
  Sanai, Hakim The Good Darkness
  Sanai, Hakim Then through that dim murkiness
  Saraha The Royal Song of Saraha (Dohakosa)
  Sarton, May New Year Resolve
  Shabistari, Mahmud Reason (from The Secret Rose Garden)
  Silesius, Angelus So many droplets in the sea, in bread so many grains
  Sinan, Ummi The Rose
  Stein, Edith I Will Remain With You...
  Stein, Edith Novena Of The Holy Spirit
  Symeon the New Theologian You, oh Christ, are the Kingdom of Heaven
  Therese of Lisieux The Divine Dew
  Trungpa, Chogyam A Heart Lost and Discovered
  Trungpa, Chogyam Purifying and Invoking the Four Directions
  Tukaram Words are the only Jewels I possess
  Underhill, Evelyn Corpus Christi
  Ungar, Lynn Blessing the Bread
  Vivekananda Song of the Sanyasin
  Walters, Dorothy The Sibyl
  Yeats, William Butler Sailing to Byzantium