Someone in a green shirt holds out a white plate of food from a Jamaican jerk spot.

Soul Food: An Ancestral Gift

“Something I’ve become more mindful of is food doesn’t hit the same unless it was made from the soul. So often I’ve been eating to feel less and to stuff those emotions down. So I ignore the taste and just go for comfort. But the true comfort often isn’t there. The kind of comfort the soul longs for when you’ve been apart for too long. Not quite remembering the reason why. But you know that you want something more.

When I think of soul food, I think of the physical connection I’ve been missing from my mom and grandma. Each relationship has grown so much. I’ve learned so much about myself and the lessons I chose for my childhood. When I remembered they are me and I am them. We are forever connected and to know that alone comforts me to no end.”

“Mi wah jerk chicken!”

“Wah?” I startled myself. I’ve been vegan for over 6 years. Why was I suddenly craving meat?

“Yes! Jerk chicken and rice & peas with oxtail gravee.” My Jamaican accent thick. It comes out to play now and then.

I couldn’t understand why, but the urge was strong. I even took to Facebook for answers, but deep down I knew they came from within. They had already come forth just waiting for me to listen. Before I even went looking for validation.

Food cravings I have come to understand are emotional triggers. Something I’ve come to remember in Body Bliss 365, was that the body remembers. So as I step deeper into my body healing journey, I asked myself: what was this craving telling me?

This one brought up thoughts of my ancestors and my family.

I’ve been on a journey connecting deeper to my family both ancient and presently. When I think of home cooked food, I think of my grandma and my mom cooking straight from the heart. When they cook because you’re coming over, when you’re sick, or even just because. They cook to nourish, to heal, and to comfort. I’ve come to learn to do the same through the vegan food I cook.

As I racked my brain for what restaurant I wanted to eat at, I got distracted with my day. A blessing in disguise. Later revisiting the craving, I remembered my favourite yummy vegan spots that made Jamaican food. I grew annoyed that no one was was open that day. Another blessing in disguise.

“Good,” I thought. “I don’t actually feel like eating a meal yet”. I’ve been somewhat fasting and getting over the “ascension flu.” This gave me the opportunity to dig deeper into why these cravings were present.

Something I’ve become more mindful of is food doesn’t hit the same unless it was made from the soul. So often I’ve been eating to feel less and to stuff those emotions down. So I ignore the taste and just go for comfort. But the true comfort often isn’t there. The kind of comfort the soul longs for when you’ve been apart for too long. Not quite remembering the reason why. But you know that you want something more.

When I think of soul food, I think of the physical connection I’ve been missing from my mom and grandma. Each relationship has grown so much. I’ve learned so much about myself and the lessons I chose for my childhood. When I remembered they are me and I am them. My family and I are forever connected and just knowing that comforts me to no end.

But what happens when they are not around or seeing them is not an option? When your inner child is crying out for a nice warm hug? There is healing in the memories that come with the cravings. What if there were no hugs, what if there were no soul? Our body remembers everything and what lies within. Cravings they linger until we remember.

When it comes to soul food, I’ve learned that food brings memories both ancient and modern. Is comfort food such a bad thing when eaten with intention? When you are remembering your roots that have been passed on? The goddess remembers and shares her soul on a plate. Will we allow ourselves to comfort our soul or tuck these memories away? What comes up through these cravings will let us know. Process these memories and be prepared to receive the ancestral gift of our soul on a plate.

 

ABOUT SARAH THE GODDESS

Sarah the Goddess is an Intuitive Creative, Intuitive Coach, empath, natural energy healer, and intuitive herbalist. She is very passionate about guiding others in remembering and tapping back into their power to be the God(dess) that they are. She does this through her writing, singing, dancing, music, art, and her coaching. Through these mediums she is able to go into Trance and tune deeper into herself, the universe, and the world around her, as well as share messages for others.

Through her own healing journey, Intuitive Creative Expressions was born. She holds space for spiritual creatives and those interested in creating as a healing modality to authentically express all of their emotions. She guides people through this process through creativity, emotional alchemy, and healing tools such as meditation, The 3 Way Mirror™, shadow work, inner child work, and Past Impact Work©.

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