Eat and drink consciously
When eating or drinking, become the taste of the food or drink and be filled by the taste. We go on eating things; we cannot live without them. But we eat them very unconsciously, automatically, robot-like. If the taste is not lived, you are just stuffing. Go slow, and be aware of the taste. And only when you go slow can you be aware. Do not just go on swallowing things. Taste them unhurriedly and become the taste. When you feel sweetness, become that sweetness. And then it can be felt all over the body – not just in the mouth, not just on the tongue, it can be felt all over the body! A certain sweetness – or anything else – is spreading in ripples. Whatsoever you are eating, feel the taste and become the taste.
When drinking water, feel the coolness. Close your eyes, drink it slowly, taste it. Feel the coolness and feel that you have become that coolness, because the coolness is being transferred to you from the water; it is becoming a part of your body. Your mouth is touching, your tongue is touching, and the coolness is transferred. Allow it to happen to the whole of your body. Allow its ripples to spread, and you will feel coolness all over your body. In this way your sensitivity can grow, and you can become more alive and more filled.
We are frustrated, feeling vacant, empty, but we are the reasons why it is empty. We are not filling it and we are not allowing anything to fill it. We have a defense armor around us. We are afraid to be vulnerable, so we go on defending against everything. And then we become tombs – dead things. You can eat things without tasting; it is not difficult, but taste it as much as possible; be more sensitive, alive. With ASWAD, with no taste, your senses will be deadened. They will become less and less sensitive. And with less sensitivity, you will not be able to feel your body, feel your feelings. Then you will just remain centered in the head. This centeredness in the head is the split. Do not create any division within yourself.
It is beautiful to taste; it is beautiful to be sensitive. And if you are more sensitive you will be more alive, and if you are more alive, then more life will enter your inner being. You will be more open. Be alive, more alive, because life is God. There is no other God than life. Be more alive, and you will be more divine. Be totally alive, and there is no death for you.