Food for Soul


You know how often we talk about the food we eat and how it affects our body. What we put inside affects the way our body functions. I agree with that. But I agree with more: what we put in our minds affects our soul (or psyche). Here is what I mean.

Let’s say your friends are people who gossip a lot. That means we feed our souls with useless or harmful information about others we do not need to know or should not know. At some point, either the soul becomes unable to carry this information and gets sick (maybe feeling heavy or drained) or it simply adapts to it and starts feeding other souls with that kind of information.

On the contrary, let’s say that we surround ourselves with people that feed us with information or sensation that helps us feel safe and grow. Then this kind of food is obviously good for the soul. It will make it more energetic and lively. A soul that is fed this way will then feed other souls in the right way and help them feel safe and grow too.

In a nutshell, what we feed our soul or psyche matters as much as what feed our body. That is why it is important for us to surround ourselves with people and things, environments that help us grow. Humans are a complete unit with their body and soul and it is important to pay attention to both.

Let me know what you think about this. What kind of differences did you notice in your psyche with different methods you use?


35 thoughts on “Food for Soul

  1. Betul, your soul must eat well; Turkish food is sooooo good! πŸ™‚ Our soul food has gotten rather flavourless and bitter during the last 2 years, with the steady diet of fear and anxiety we’ve been fed from every corner. I think you make an excellent point, though your analogy makes me hungry. If our society is becoming sick and dysfunctional, we need to feed it more comfort food of the Heart. More forgiveness, more laughter, more silly jokes, more tolerance. A banquet of compassion, and maybe some Karniyarik.

    1. Karniyarik would be a great choice! You made me laugh!

      Yes, indeed, we have been eating food that does not serve us. I like the types of good food you mentioned. More of that on our tables!

  2. A very accurate description of the negative impact gossip and intolerant chatter can have on our psyche. I have started avoiding some people I used to spend a fair amount of time with because of this.

  3. Empathy toward each other is the ideal in every type of relationship. Empathy leads us to speak encouraging words to others. Gossip is a waste of time and destroys trust. Gossip demonstrates a total lack of empathy, using information about others in a reckless or vicious manner. Thank you, Betul for yet another thought-provoking topic.

  4. Loved what you’ve written. I’ve also noticed that I can think more or less clearly depending on the general environment, inclusive of the people I’m around, so I like to account for how I’m affected by the moment I’m in when making decisions or trying to understand something.

    Thanks for getting my mind up and running!

    1. I sometimes get affected by the environment too! In fact, there are famous psychological experiments showing that this is a human thing to do. But some parts of us should be unchangeable by environment.

  5. I’ve heard the idea about being mindful about the content we feed the soul, but more in a religious context. For example, in the context of filtering out certain secular content because of its effect on the soul. I have mixed opinions about this, but I do think there is some truth to the idea.

    1. I think it is more of a human nature thing than a religious thing, though religious contexts might us it more often. We get affected by what we are exposed to.

  6. I just realized I had unfollowed you by mistake. I looked for your most recent
    post but couldn’t find it. I’m glad I’m here right now.

    You are correct. Our souls require appropriate nourishment. I can’t stomach petty talks, much less discussing someone.

  7. Interesting post. I find myself agreeing with Gautama when he reflected that we can’t “hold” a past, future, or present thought. This certainly seems true from experience. I’m also grounded in the fact that I’m never that same person from moment to moment much less day to day. I am an entire bio/psycho/social/emotive moving process continuously falling into the next moments. I’m unsure that adding intellectual information changes the system except momentarily. More will be revealed. Great post!

      1. Yes, it certainly seems that way. Any changes to my process are impacted by what I absorb to some extent, often seen as projections. A sort of garbage in, garbage out effect. ❀ At least that’s my experience.

  8. Great post! I think it all goes back, as far as gossip and negative talk, to treating others as you want to be treated, i.e. if you don’t want to be the subject of gossip, don’t spread gossip!

    After I was able to get my abusive spouse out, there was lots of gossip about our family. It hurt and it certainly didn’t come from a place of love! Think about that before you open your mouth to disparage another. We are all God’s children!

  9. Absolutely,
    What we feed our mind gets processed and become our thoughts. Thoughts when then turn into actions.
    I Yogic term our Vritti or habits are depend on our mind, on our thoughts. Our actions define what we think and that depends what we feed our mind with.
    Feed good
    God bless

  10. Hello, Betul Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with us. I absolutely agree. The nature of the information and energy that we feed impress into our mind is vitally important.

  11. Wow! I literally quit work a month ago because of the toxic undercurrents; gossip and the like. I never felt better even with the uncertainty of no paycheck, like I’ve lifted a weight or extracted myself from treacle. A very Ayurvedic post thank you, love and peace friend.

  12. Thank you for sharing this! Such a great reminder of what we consume not just with eating but the music we listen to, the words we speak, the people we surround ourselves with. It all plays into who we are and how we vibrate.

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