Like many of us, I fearthat raw and vegan dishes will leave me hungry or dissatisfied. By the time myvisit was over, I felt nourished, energetic and grateful to Avital forintroducing me to a healthier way of eating.
Zen practice teaches usto rest in the moment in order to allow our mind to pen to our innate wisdomand compassion. To rest in the moment does not require any altering of ourconsciousness or striving for some other state of being. Zen teaches that wealready contain the seeds of enlightenment and all we need to do is wake up injust this moment. This awakening allows us to see the beautiful grace andsymmetry of this world.
Avital's book is aperfect example of Zen being brought forth into nutrition. Rather than alteringand adding to our food, artificially coloring it or cooking the life out of it,Avital shows us how to allow food to be celebrated and honored for what it isin its natural state. We could exchange the word 'food'
for the word 'mind'. Wemeditate to see our original mind. We eat healthy food in order to return toour original balanced and healthy self.
Head Teacher Kwan UmSchool of Zen