Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Treasures From the Earth: Food as Nourishment for Body and Soul
by Bergeson, Sarah D., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 56; 1692029
Abstract (Summary)

The relationship to food, whether on an individual or societal basis, carries with it potential for nourishment on multiple levels. A mindful, healthy connection to the sourcing, preparation, serving, and enjoyment of food can become a catalyst for inner transformation, psychologically and physiologically. Utilizing hermeneutic methodology, this thesis explores food in relation to the soul by examining historical and cultural practices and beliefs about food. Various works of literature and the writings of culinary aficionados are discussed, giving examples of savoring food and receiving deep nourishment. In addition, a heuristic approach is undertaken to demonstrate the influence food has had on this researcher by recording personal reflections on her life and on literature that include memorable stories about the healing power of food. Depth psychological practices and theory may be positively impacted by the results of this research, due to the far-reaching implications for both mind and body.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliot, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Nutrition, Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Cultural practices of food, Food and soul, Healing power of food, Historical beliefs about food, Nourishment, Relationship to food
Publication Number: 1692029
ISBN: 9781321673159
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