I grew up on a farm in Iowa and every single day the family sat down at the table together. While we were on the farm, my mother was a very “fancy” lady, and loved her pretty lace tablecloths, patterned placemats, and complimentary dishes. She loved sharing her comfort foods of pot roast, meatloaf and more with her family. I believe she saw this as nourishing more than just the bodies of her family, but also the soul. Growing up like this has affected me to this day. Having a proper table set with the utensils all in their place, flowers on the table and healthy food has always been important to me. This coming together and honoring yourself and food, even if you don’t have a large family is important. I even enjoy sitting at the table even when I’m by myself. When I do this though, I always giggle and think back to the movie “Home Alone” where Kevin the young boy who is home alone, eats his mac and cheese all by himself with the table formally set and candles lit.
You may be thinking that there is no way that setting the table for a meal affects the energy of your body. But…. it really does. The energy of your space affects your body, just like the energy of your body affects your space. It’s reciprocal. In Feng Shui symbolism is so very important. It may be a small subtle cue to your subconscious but anything driving you in a positive direction is the goal, right? I’ve encouraged you to honor your entry door, plants and flowers as well as the center location of your home. By enhancing and honoring these spaces, you’re encouraging the energy of the space to align with your plans and goals.
When preparing for a meal, ensure you take the time to get out proper utensils and dishes. You deserve a proper plate, not just a paper plate. Follow with proper glassware, perhaps a pretty tablecloth and a napkin. To take this a step further, light some candles or add a pretty centerpiece to your table. When taking these actions you’re honoring the food you’re about to eat, as well as your body that will take nutrition from the food. You want your body to absorb every last piece of nutrient from a healthy meal. By creating this sacred space for you to eat a meal, your body will respond in such a way that you may even feel a physical difference. You may slow down your eating and you may enjoy a food more than before. Yes, food may literally taste different by slowing down and creating a sacred space for it.
Honor your food and it will provide your body with wonderful things. While you may be tired from your day or have kiddos tired and hungry in the evening, attempt to take even a few extra minutes to devote to setting a proper table. I just know that after a few days of this….. you’ll love it too.