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Mindful Eating: Rooted in the Mouth

9781608821013Basavanna, a 12th century Virasaiva saint-poet wrote:

“The root is the mouth of the tree: pour water there at the bottom and, look, it sprouts green at the top.”

Animals – humans included – are, in essence, trees on legs, we are mobile plant-life. So, our root is on top, where the mouth is.  Pour in water up there, stuff that mouth up there with food, and, look, body sprouts at the bottom.

Mouth is the root, the root of all your bodymind growth.  You literally sprout from these very lips that kiss reality with every bite, from these two rows of teeth that mill the matter of reality into the consciousness that reads this sentence. Get rooted in the mouth.

Realize: this reality you are about to process and digest is the very ground you sprout from!

Adapted from Reinventing the Meal (Pavel Somov, 2012)

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Mindful Eating: Rooted in the Mouth

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2019). Mindful Eating: Rooted in the Mouth. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2019, from


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