Blue tit on the handEating is predatory touch—touch turned into destruction. The first touch is taste, as the molecules of flavor intermingle with the tongue. Then we must grind the food down to a pulp (touching it again and again) before we swallow it. Then we digest (and therefore again touch) the food through chemical hand-to-hand combat. We certainly touch the food as it moves through us, along the length of the digestive tract—the tube that runs through us—in a kind of gustatory massage of peristalsis wherein we are now touched by the reality we swallowed.

Mahadevi, a twelfth-century female devotee of Shiva, suggested another option:

“Finger may squeeze the fig to feel it, yet not choose to eat it” (Ramanujan 1973, 133).

Indeed, why not, every now and then, touch food without eating it? Why not, on occasion, take the predatory element of touch out of eating? Rescue one of the apples you brought home from its digestive fate by tossing it out the window. Let the random chaos of nature do the chewing for you this time. Set a precedent of nonpredatory, nonutilitarian touch.

For a change, let food be something other than food, and let yourself be more than just an eater.

-

Adapted from Reinventing the Meal (Somov, 2011).

Creative Commons License photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 0 comments. Trackback this story from your site or blog.

Trackbacks






    Last reviewed: 5 Jan 2013

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2013). Nonpredatory Touch. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 24, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2013/01/nonpredatory-touch/

 

Reinventing the Meal
Reinventing the Meal
Present Perfect
Eating the Moment
The Lotus Effect The Smoke-Free Smoke Break
Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. is the author of The Lotus Effect, Present Perfect, The Smoke-Free Smoke Break, and Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time.


Subscribe to this Blog:
Feed


Or Get a Single, Daily Email (enter email address):

via FeedBurner



Recent Comments
  • best honeymoon resort: Cancun has got several golfing clubs with scenic locations that are considered to be a few of...
  • Garage Remodeling: Omg. Great style. Exactly how did an individual make absolute sure it had sufficient place and...
  • Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.: I follow. Well said. Thank you.
  • oldblackdog: This is a reaction to A Snapshot of Self” I used to “do” a lot of photography, old...
  • Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.: Not sure what you mean (in the context of this post). Thank you.
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter

Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 12240
Join Us Now!