Wholefoods for the Soul


I’m reading a lot of Gilles Deleuze at the moment. He’s fantastic and insane all at once. Just when you think you’ve gotten what he’s yammering on about he throws another curve ball, in the next sentence, that sends your brain in a totally new direction. I think I can actually feel synapses inside my skull exploding, blasting out more space, and growing in new directions.

One of Deleuze’s major concepts is the Body without Organs, or BwO, which he describes as a system, so complicated it rivals The Matrix. A BwO can exist as part of an individual, or community, or culture – it grows as a product of its environment and constantly interacts with it by both feeding on and feeding into it.

The important thing to remember for us as individuals is that the BwO can be full or empty. The BwO of a drug addict, for example, would be an empty BwO, feeding off something that is unsustaining, lacking satisfaction, producing further desire. In this case the BwO interacts with the physical body, as a physical addiction feeds the BwO’s habits. From this example we can also see how Deleuze identifies Capitalism, with its dependence on desire and insatiable consumption, as another empty BwO.

Alternatively, full BwO’s live on the energy of sustainable sources. Imagine this like the difference between eating white sugar and wholefoods – white sugar won’t sustain your body, will leave you craving more, but wholefoods will balance blood sugar, leave you feeling full and maintain health. This means that we have the choice and the power to constantly be feeding ourselves only the types of wholefoods that will sustain our BwOs. Meditation, appreciation, interaction with nature and animals, gratitude – these are a few examples of ‘wholefoods’.

I am of the opinion that the world is actually full of these wholefoods and people constantly engage in them naturally – when Nan was knitting she was feeding her soul, so does my friend when he’s canyoning and I do in the bath. The trick is, as it is with our physical bodies, to keep resisting the ‘instant fixes’, of white sugars of the soulfood world that end up leaving us feeling emptier than when we started. This isn’t easy. It’s the constant choice not to eat the cake. But the good news is that it does get a lot easier the more we do it – and we get a lot better at recognising which is which!

Good luck on your soulfoods journey! Xoxo

About karen2202

I am writing my PhD on children's yoga and it's place within mainstream education. I am also a yoga teacher in Sydney, Australia.

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