An enlightened view of nutrition
Dr. Gabriel Cousens, founder of The Tree of Life Foundation and Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona, and author, has recently published an expanded edition of Spiritual Nutrition, Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of Kundalini (North Atlantic Books, 2005), addressing the missing link between spirituality and diet. The highlight of his theory is how to 'feed' the body not only healthy, life-promoting food, but also prana or energy, our vital life force. He suggests that through proper nutrition and spiritual practices one will feel better and will be "enhancing the spiritualizing force of Kundalini." Kundalini travels more efficiently when we are fueling our bodies in a positive way. Some of his dietary suggestions include eating lightly, periodic fasting, and following a vegan live-food diet. Although the book is a bit heady for some, the principles are interesting; he also includes a chapter devoted to transition diets in order to make the whole process much more beginner-friendly.