so i guess the whole point of paleo is to reconnect with your ancestral roots, obviously food does not have a monopoly on this, i only say this because being paleo for this short amount of time (couple weeks) has really opened my eyes and expanded my viewpoints on some things.
so... anybody here "spiritual" ? and if so, what do you do or practice to maintain this
Well, this is gonna be a complicated answer. My labels are Jewish and atheist. (Yes, those are compatible.) I am atheist but not materialist; that is, I don't believe in God but I don't necessarily think that what's physical is all there is.
Although I've only been doing my version of Paleo* eating for a week, I have been learning about the Paleo lifestyle and incorporating bits and pieces for several years. I find that when I am more Paleo, I have this experience of being more connected, with my body and the world around me. It sounds so glib, but this sensation is really amazing- I can describe it as feeling more right. Maybe what I'm trying to say is that there's something in me that's been wanting this all along and when I make Paleo choices it's as though the world comes into clearer focus or clicks into place and it's VERY satisfying.
*Which totally is probably not Paleo by purists' standards. But I eat what feels right to my body.
So when I think of the Paleo choices I've made, like going for walks outside, eating intuitively, hula hooping, taking time to be in natural settings, sunbathing or choosing to get enough sleep during the night time, I reflect on them with deep bodily satisfaction. Well, I say bodily, but although we live in a culture that explicitly separates body and mind, I know that they are unified. So I reflect on them with an all-encompassing satisfaction. The greatest spiritual experience I have had in my life involved an amazing sense of detachment; of being utterly content without worrying about externals. Somehow, Paleo choices help me find a part of that- help me find a place where I am not striving to be someone else. Only myself.
I feel that pushing strict Paleo eating as though it were the be-all and end-all is contrary to the ultimate benefit we can get from it. People's bodies are different, they will respond differently to the same stimuli. But what Paleo really offers is a nudge- "Remember who you are. Remember your basic needs. Meet those needs thoughtfully and with love." We're humans. We need movement, sunshine, whole foods, each other. And anything that goes against that is missing the point.
I've done the opposite. Was highly spiritual when doing raw vegan and fruitarianism. Was very much into Pantheism and Buddhism... Now that I have been eating paleo, not so much. My views have changed. If I had to classify, I would say Humanism would best fit. I feel as tho there isn't much to this life other than what we see in the here and now. We only live once and need to live life to the extreme. I am, however, far more content with my life being paleo. Perhaps the term "more grounded" is right on target for me, too.
Yes, but not in any conventional sense. I do not beleive in an anthropic god, nor do I place my faith in an afterlife. (Could be, but might not be an afterlife. certainly we dont know where the universe came from, what its made out of, or what conciousness is, but equally few of us have an direct experience of an afterlife, if any)
For me paleo, is about living in a human natural way, more than it is a mere diet. That included sleeping right, eating right, exercising, playing, having right relations with other human beings - and veiwing the world in the essentially vivid subjective manner that is true to the nature of our minds, and of our perceptions/senses.
The philosophy of phenomenology, such as Husserl, posits that all human knowledge is entirely confined to the subjective, and thus it is only the subjective that is true (approximately), and there is no such thing as objective. I agree with this. We are subjective beings, with subjective minds, and subjective senses - our experiences are strongly subjective.
This impression that science and skepticism can provid solid and certain knowledge, with which we can rest our whole view of the world on is a false impression. Science is great, but knowledge has severe limits, which is obvious if you think about the logic of scientific theory, or the nature of knowledge.
So I see the world as archetypes. This is a bit like animism. I see lifeforce as an essence, life as an essence. I see possibility, or chaos as an essence. I veiw the universe, as an expression of essential forces like these.
I also see the world as essentially unknowable, unfathomable, contradictory. And I see things as continous, or inseperable - connected. This is a bit like mysticism.
For me, this helps provide my life with meaning and context. I see this sense of meaning, connection to the world, as tied to my being paleo. They are both ways to exist naturally, according to human nature.
This fits with my human need for nature, with my human need for sunshine, with my human need for community and a need for real food. My body and being is designed with needs. One of those needs is a worldveiw that is natural and satisfying.
That said, there is some internal contradiction in the human mind, between human logic, and human superstition (the beleif in coincidences or co-occurence/synchronisity etc). I am not certain coincidences ever have particular importance or not, but it seems that beleiving too strongly in them is a deeply psychological related affair, and can contradict with a clear and logical veiw of events.
One has to be aware of what beleifs are bad crutches and which ones are good ones. Like "jesus" said build your house on stone, and not on sand. A strong beleif in intervention may lead only to disappointment when reality doesnt comply. Your better to have beleif that dont lean heavily on contingences, syncronisity or intervention.
YES. Ignore the (heathens) saying it's silly. I've experienced the spiritual side of paleo, it's impossible to ignore. And no, it's not some wishy-washy massage-my-chakras kind of thing. It's just about being more grounded in reality.
Simply put, the transcendent, passionate, dare I say spiritual side of me has benefited from the following changes I have experienced since going paleo:
Increased mental clarity Improved vision Emotional stability (virtually no more mood swings) Greater feelings of love for people ditto for nature ditto for the self... Increased confidence
Paleo is grounding.
there is definitely a spiritual side whether you admit it of not..eating the way we were MEANT to eat should make you more in touch and paleo clears your mind..maybe for the first time to contemplate these things..embrace it
There are certainly a lot of intelligent (book smart, not street/forest smart) but spiritually unenlightened people in the Paleo/ancestral community. But all is not lost.
I'm tired of veganism and vegetarianism being associated with spirituality. Get with the program, Paleo folks.
Not the whole point although I do feel close to my highest incarnation of myself when I am looking good and kicking ass. Paleo helps me do. I'm spiritual because I am a spirit but that doesn't change because of what I eat. It could dampen the connection, like a deadening drug, lethargy from being fat and getting my ass kicked, but there are a lot of fat spiritual people and lean atheists, for what its worth.
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