Hunger

: a very great need for food: a severe lack of food
: an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach that is cuased by the need for food
: a strong desire: a strong desire for something or to do something

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Hunger (n.): Old English hunger, hungorunease or pain caused by lack of food, debility from lack of food, craving appetite,” also “famine, scarcity of food in a place,” from Proto-Germanic hungruz, probably from Proto-Indo-European root kenk-to suffer hunger or thirst” (source also of Sanskrit kakateto thirst;” Lithuanian kankapain, ache; torment, affliction;” Greek kagkanosdry,” polykagkesdrying”). From c. 1200 as “a strong or eager desire” (originally spiritual). Hunger strike attested from 1885; earliest references are to prisoners in Russia.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, known as the Father of India and a beacon of light, who promoted non-violence, justice and harmony between people of all faiths)

Bio Source:

www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/people/gandhi_1.shtml

“Bread, soup - these were my whole life. I was a body. Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time.”

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016, Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor; author of 57 books including “Night,” a memoir of his experience in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elie_Wiesel

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

Hélder Câmara (1909-1999, “Roman Catholic prelate whose progressive views on social questions brought him into conflict with Brazil’s military rulers after 1964.”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Helder-Pessoa-Camara

“The real cause of hunger is the powerlessness of the poor to gain access to the resources they need to feed themselves.”

Frances Moore Lappé (b. 1944, author or co-author of 18 books about world hunger, living democracy and the environment)

Bio Source:

smallplanet.org/about/frances/bio

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”

George Eliot (1819-1880, one of the leading female English novelists of the 19th century)

Bio Source:

www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/eliot_george.shtml

“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, author and screenwriter, best known for his 1921 novel, “Brave New World”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/aldous-huxley-9348198

“The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.”

Fidel Castro (b. 1926, political leader of Cuba, who transformed his country into the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Fidel-Castro

“The intelligent poor individual was a much finer observer than the intelligent rich one. The poor individual looks around him at every step, listens suspiciously to every word he hears from the people he meets; thus, every step he takes presents a problem, a task, for his thoughts and feelings. He is alert and sensitive, he is experienced, his soul has been burned...”

Knut Hamsun (1859-1952, Norwegian writer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920; best known for writing “Hunger,” a breakthrough novel that is regarded as the first genuinely modern novel in Norwegian literature)

Bio Source:

www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1920/hamsun-bio.html

Meditation

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”

George Eliot

 

I’ve been privileged to have access to information and experiences from many different philosophies, religions and cultures; not only from Western civilizations, but from the Eastern philosophy, and from shamanism and indigenous religions and mythologies.  I also have interests in science, specifically in the field of quantum physics. I love seeing The Universe through different perspectives.

For me, the ability to peer into the window of diverse practices and systems of beliefs gives me the ability to connect the dots in my own spiritual practices, and to expand my knowledge and vision of the universe.

Years ago, I was invited to participate in a breathing class.  A teacher and his wife, also a life coach, came from New Hampshire to instruct two hours of deep breathing.  It was hard work, very much like taking an intensive yoga class.   We lied on our backs and participated in a variety of acrobats of fast and deep breathing.  It was quite something.  I am very mindful of my breathing, and am aware that the breath can strengthen and heal the body.

That breathing teacher also spoke of the holy people in The Far East, who children even know as “breatharians,” those who primarily live on the breath alone, with no food and a very little tea and water.  The teacher pointed out that the breatharian he met was not terribly thin, but surprisingly normal in weight.  Breatharians are living examples to teach others that they too could thrive when there was no food and very little water.

What an example for all of us!   We too can thrive on the breath while Love channels through us, fulfilling every need, hungry no more.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya

 

 

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