When we think of nutrition, we narrowly assume that all the nourishment we need comes from food. Beyond fruits and vegetables, carbs and proteins, vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids, proper maintenance of our corporeal shell must also address emotional and spiritual sustenance.
We place too much importance on finding the right combination of groceries and not enough on the other factors affecting our health. Our body has all the elements necessary to heal itself, no matter what we eat. How else could the placebo effect be a reality?
I’ve heard of people who live to a ripe old age on the most bizarre diets; Sarah Knauss lived to 119 years on a diet of chocolate, cashews and potato chips. Her daughter, who lived to 101, said her mother never let anything upset her and that was her key to longevity.
Plants are dependent not just upon the most obviously tangible elements, water and dirt, but also upon something that is not so easily measured: sunshine. In fact, the rays of the sun are of utmost important. Variations in daylight are signals to begin growing, to flower and to wither.
People are like plants. We need food and water…and love. Love is sunshine for humans and it comes in many forms, just like the plethora of food sources from which we have to choose. Love is an emotional and spiritual nutrient.
Dancing tango is like going to a high-end grocery store that sells love in all its many forms: organic and pesticide-free. At the milonga, the place where tango is danced, we find music to feed our brains and much 'fresh produce' to sample. Here we can connect with another soul and move as one to the music.
In the course of one night, we can sprout, flower and wither in imitation of the natural circle of life. We part unwillingly with a shopping cart brimming with warm emotions and a heart full of love.