I used to eat for myself.
Then I started eating because of my disease. For my guts, I guess.
Then I started eating for my gut bacteria. Or rather, eating against my gut bacteria.
Now, I’m wondering if that isn’t all wrong and I should be caring for my mitochondria more than I care for myself.
One of the things I love most about this universe is how the micro and the macro tend to mirror each other. It makes it a lot easier to spot patterns, and for someone like me who has a takes somewhat of a metaphorical approach to science, it’s incredibly useful to aid understanding.
I’m reminded of the battle for mitochondrial existence in Madeline L’Engle’s A Wind in the Door; the state of our mitochondria is not merely an indicator or driver of health–it is a battle of eternal cosmic significance.
(Can you tell I’ve been reading 12 Rules for Life this morning?)
It can be very difficult to do things “just because” (even though you know they’re right) or “just for me” (because, who am I to ask for anything? In the grand scheme of the universe, I am nothing).
But thinking about mitochondria, the tiny beings inside of me–however sentient or not–that are dependent upon me for survival, and how what I do directly affects their universe, and that their functioning rightly directly impacts mine….well, that’s another story.
I’m realizing that the true point of embarking on this visualization journey I’m on is to get all my body’s processes in harmony, starting with my digestive organs all doing their dance in order with optimal timing.
Part of that will be strengthening intracellular signalling so that these organs know what the beat is, so they can dance.
Turns out mitochondria play a big role in cell signalling.
Sick, weak mitochondria will lead to weak signalling and possible miscommunications. I don’t want that, I’m sure my cells don’t want that. Strong communication is good for all parties involved.
So, how do I help my mitochondria become strong?
Basically, make life challenging for cells:
I was hoping to avoid cold showers again but it looks like that’s not going to happen!