There’s something about discussions about caring for one another and eating together — commensality — that captivate us these days.
These two things go together.
What is it about them?
The desire to be closer to our food and closer to one another seems driven by necessity; we are sorting out catastrophes of misinformation.
We are regularly put through painful misunderstandings, exacerbated by trauma affecting all participants.
But when we raise a focus on caring and commensality, something shifts.
We notice that when we prioritize both effective communication and effective digestion, we have different and better outcomes than before.
We don’t feel so much like we’re dying; we share food with one another, we build understandings with one another, we notice a new resilience despite physical duress.
Digestive neurology in community.
There is the nourishment of food — “food” food — and there is the nourishment of things that are not “food” food. When you start noticing them to count them, you realize how they are countless.
The experience of safety and belonging in the company of others can feel like satisfaction, relief, or contentment.
By ensuring community for one another, by optimizing our opportunities for caring and commensality, we are much better fed.
How can we always eat so well?