Thoughts on Mindful Consumption

By la, 05/07/2015 - 11:29



(Keep in mind as you read this I'm a synesthetic.)


First bite of breakfast explodes in my mouth, surprisingly light, bright, refreshing.  New flavors.  I realize I'm enjoying a tasty, grain-free, dairy-free, warm breakfast:  chia seeds with coconut butter, banana, maple syrup, and today’s new addition:  kiwi.  That alongside a couple of leftover, reheated celery pancakes -- also grain and dairy-free topped with sour cream (there's the dairy for you!) and sauerkraut.  Breakfast for Sensitives!  Canary Champions!


I’m noticing the flavors and reveling in the sensations, while simultaneously staying with my breath and NOT reacting to the niggling voice that is hopping up and down on one leg like a small child who needs to pee, saying “Multi-task!  Do something while you eat!  Check your plan for the day!  Check e-mail!  Make sure you're still on schedule!” 


Instead of reacting, I respond  “Hush now, you.  Sat Nam.  I'm here eating and enjoying THIS moment.”  A deep, slow breath.  Then I take another bite:  the kiwi sparkling across my tongue in a wave of light. Grateful, I am FULLY present for this moment. 


An internal voice (Negative/Protective mind again?) pops up:   “The only thing local in your breakfast is the maple syrup.  So much for ‘Mindful Consumption.’ ” 


It’s true.  I immediately celebrate this moment of awareness, too.    All the more reason to revel in this precious moment and be present with gratitude.  “Thank you to the far-away farmers, the truck drivers, the water that makes it all possible.”


Recently, I heard that it takes TWO GALLONS of water, in a land of drought, to produce ONE ALMOND.


I live on almonds.  My immediate reaction to that purported fact is Guilt.  “People are boycotting almonds.”  More Guilt.  Resistance.  “I don't want to boycott almonds, AND, as one who attempts Mindful Consumption, I know I also don't want to contribute to drought and excessive water consumption.”


Can I use this new-found awareness to “Drive my Bus” into the Land of Both-And?  “What DO I want?”  A dream I have is to form a Buyer's Club/Cooperative where we purchase food items in bulk, directly from farmers we establish relationships with.  Almonds are at the top of my list.  I found a website that lists all Organic growers in the US:  Maybe it’s time to activate that Buying Club dream?  Maybe there’s a Permaculture Almond Grower Collaborative there in the Land of Drought?  Small-scale growers?


It’s becoming more and more apparent that our current food growing and distribution system is unsustainable.  I don’t claim to know solutions,  however, I’m full of creative ideas.  As a researcher of my own life experiences, I’m willing to grab hands with Fear and dance into the Unknown.  I sense connecting and collaborating with others is a big step towards sustainability and finding win-win solutions for all involved, including the non-verbal, non-voting, non-animate beings on this planet.  50-50!  “It's gotta be 50-50 all of the time!”  How do we get there -- where we share 50% of Earth WITH Earth and non-humans?  One step at a time, I reckon.


I'm ready to Parley!  What about you?  All the Extreme Zaniness and things that cause despair are opportunities to Wake UP! and experience this life more fully.


“I’m elevating.  You're invited to join me.” says my friend, Sotantar Kaur.  I’m going with her.  I extend the invitation to you to join us as well.


Sat Nam,


Harpal Kaur



Breakfast Recipes from Harpal's Healing Harbor (3H-Ha!)


Chia Seed Porridge


1 serving


3/4 cup boiling water

2 TBSP chia seeds

1 TBSP coconut butter

1 banana, sliced

1 kiwi, diced (medium chunks)

splash of maple syrup

your favorite serving bowl and spoon


Boil water, add chia seeds.  (I usually pour the boiling water into a glass measuring cup and mix the chia seeds in.)  Let chia seeds sit five minutes.


Meanwhile, in a serving bowl add coconut butter, banana and kiwi.  Pour chia mixture into bowl and stir.  (If it's hot enough, it will melt the coconut butter.)  Add splash of maple syrup.  Mix.  Say a blessing and Enjoy!


Celery Pancakes (This recipe is graciously taken from Foods for Health and Healing, by Yogi Bhajan)


2-3 servings, depending on how hungry you are


1/2 tsp caraway seeds

1/2 tsp oregano seeds (I didn't have these, and I just used oregano leaf)

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp celery seeds

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup garbanzo flour

1/2 tsp salt


Mix with enough water to form smooth pancake batter.  Fry in ghee.  Serve with yogurt or sour cream.  Makes 8-10 pancakes.


By Gurusant on

Lovely, lovely post. Thankful for the healthy reminders that we are in constant relationship not only with our negative body but the entire earth. Abby and I do Chia seed water pumpkin and sunflower seed plus raisins as the sweeter in with the Chia before the hot water touches down. Then we add Kiefer or homemade yogurt which sets off the raisins nicely. Loving the celery pancake recipe too. Thanks.

By la on

OOH!  I love this idea!  Thank you!  Yum!

Love, Harpal

By HariPritam on

Dear Harpal,I love your thoughts and am excited to try your recipe for chia porridge!Blessings,Hari Pritam

By la on

Thank You Hari Pritam!


Be sure to check out Gurusant's recipe in the above comment too!  Yum!


Love, Harpal

By Kaurkhalsa on

Sat Nam Harpal! Lets go up together! That sounds Great! Thanks for resounding the trumpet!

By la on

Wahe Guru Sotantar!