Eating alone is less healthy

Even if you were eating a garden salad, it would be healthier for your body to digest your food when you are in the company of friends and loved ones.


Your state of mind has a profound effect on digestion. Happiness and contentment (from being around friends) causes all of one’s bio-functions to perform better and more freely. Positive states of mind open up and expand various vessels and fibers so that bodily processes work more efficiently.

This may seem like simple common sense but it has profound implications. It suggests that religious values such as “good” and “evil” are intimately connected to the laws of nature. Since present scientific models and theories ignore values, this notion could become a game-changer.

I believe scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg was the first to research this phenomenon. His anatomical studies and his studies of the human mind demonstrated to him that love expanded organic forms, while fear and hate closed and hardened them up and mercy and compassion softened them.

I have already heard some contemporary researchers echo similar findings. Even the twisted coils of DNA can open and contract. Further experiments need to take place to see just how emotions affect this deep level of bio-structure.

Swedenborg discovered that the human body corresponds to (causal similitude), and reacts to, qualities of an individual’s mind (thoughts and feelings). When a person surrounds him- or herself with friends, co-workers or loved ones during a meal with pleasant conversation, the organic vessels, which receive chyle (lymph from emulsified fats) open up and operate more efficiently. This efficiency suffers when one eats alone. Worse yet, negative thoughts or bad news can lead to bad digestion and an upset stomach.

Swedenborg believed that this particular knowledge was one of the areas where science and theology could truly meet and interface. In other words, religious festivals, feasts and meals were based on this precise scientific connection. The reason for this lawful matchup is that digestion takes place within the human spirit as well. When one is in an affection of goodness (such as when among friends) then spiritual truths and instructions are more readily received and metabolized by the human heart and intellect. The human spirit literally thirsts for truth and hungers for goodness (love). So the proper digestion of spiritual food, which brings bliss and happiness, promotes the digestion of physical food.

This is the fundamental idea behind holistic health practices and the biblical pronouncement that “Man does not live by bread alone.” (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4)



About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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2 Responses to Eating alone is less healthy

  1. keith says:

    thank you for this. It is helpful to ponder as well as apply. Isn’t it interesting that the family meals of past centuries have been done away with largely, in Western cultures at least, by the fragmentation of extended families [by Industrial Revolution etc.] , by 2 working parents or single parent households, by constant ‘activities’ that invade the family hour, and by the intrusion of the TeeVee into what was once THE daily time of family bonding. Meal time!
    Much more to learn here. We’ve got a LONG way to go to plumb the depths of God’s Wisdom in the Orderly ways He set things up to be beneficial for us.


  2. thegodguy says:

    Bon Appetit!

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