1 : Nurture, Rear
2 : to promote the growth of
3 a : to furnish or sustain with nutriment : Feed
b : Maintain, Support
Nourish (v.): late 13th century, “to bring, up, nurture,” from Old French norriss-, stem of norrir “raise, bring up, nurture, foster; maintain, provide for,” from Latin nutrire “to feed, nurse, foster, support, preserve,” from nutri (older form of nutrix “nurse”), from root, nu– “ to swim, flow, let flow,” hence “to suckle.”
“… Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader…”
An unnamed Hopi elder of the Hopi Nation in Oraibi, Arizona
“Gardeners know that you must nourish the soil if you want healthy plants. You must water the plants adequately, especially when seeds are germinating and sprouting, and they should be planted in a nutrient-rich soil. Why should nutrition matter less in the creation of young humans than it does in young plants? I'm sure that it doesn't.”
Ina May Gaskin (b. 1940, “the mother of authentic midwifery,” founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center located near Summertown, Tennessee, and author of Spiritual Midwifery)
“Passion is of the nature of seed, and finds nourishment within, tending to a predominance which determines all currents towards itself, and makes the whole life its tributary.”
George Eliot (1819-1880, pen name of Mary Ann Evans, one of the leading English novelists of the 19th century; her novels were most celebrated for their realism and psychological insights.)
“I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.”
Shauna Niequiest (author of the books: Bread & Wine, Bittersweet, and Cold Tangerines; her newest project is a 365-day devotional called, Savor.)
“The body is both a temple and a perfect machine. Our bodies have within them a healing potential, and we nourish this potential with the pure and simple foods found in nature.”
Angela Lindvall (b. 1979, American model and actress)
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”
Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio personality, writer, speaker, and author)
“We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.”
Paulo Coehlo (b. 1947, Brazilian novelist and lyricist, best known for writing The Alchemist; now working on a new novel called, The Pilgrimage)
“Immense wealth, and its lavish expenditure, fill the great house with all that can please the eye, or tempt the taste. Here, appetite, not food, is the great desideratum.”
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895, American abolitionist, social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman)
“Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.” – Susan L. Taylor
A yoga teacher once said that our primary food is not what we eat. Food is secondary nourishment. Our primary food is compassion, affection, and forgiveness, all the aspects of love. It is Love that nourishes and helps us to transcend our challenges and crises?
A prophet once asked what makes one angry, angry enough to help and contribute. We will nourish and water those things we care about the most. Are we relentless lovers and spiritual light warriors?
What really makes me angry is injustice, exploitation, and abuse, especially towards children and young people. Maybe, because I’m a mother or maybe it’s because of my own experiences and traumatic upbringing.
As I got older in my life journeys I had to face other similar relationship dynamics. Law of Attraction so wise states we take our vibration wherever we go until we are able to face our own issues, then heal and transform.
My spiritual journey has taken some time, as most good things do, but now I have some of the tools to discern truth and create healthy boundaries and relationships. I am more aware of the diverse faces of fear, madness and wickedness.
So, what nourishes you? Or better yet, as educator and minister Wintley Phipps also asks, “What do you hold sacred?” What will you give your life for?
Continue to perfect your Glorious life, my friends! Stay well and keep loving.
Unconditionally Yours, Tonya