The Sanskrit root of the word “yoga” means “to yoke.” Therefore, yoga is literally union. In truth, all of your existence is yoga. You are made of this world. You depend on this world. If this world ends—locally or globally—you end too. There is no absolute self-sufficiency, and therefore no stand-alone self.
All separation is relative, a trick of the mind. Un-trick yourself at your next meal. Recognize that you are not apart from this world but a part of this world. Eating, just like breathing, reminds you of this union.
As such, the behavior of eating is yoga. Eating unifies.
Let your dinner table become a yoga mat for your mind. And stay in the asana you are in: when you eat, eat.
Adapted from Reinventing the Meal
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