I Ching #27: Nourishment




This post is #27 of 64 hexagrams in a series of posts about the I Ching, an ancient Taoist text that has many ties to the Tao Te Ching. For those of you new to this series, you may want to start by reading my post called “What is a Hexagram?” that helps to explain more about the general idea of the I Ching. If you are just starting this series, you may want to take a look at some of my other posts on the I Ching.

This hexagram challenges us to look at what we nourish ourselves with. As with all things I Ching, this question is asked on many different levels. You could answer this literally, by looking at the foods that you are choosing for your sustenance. Are you choosing healthy foods? Unhealthy foods? Do the foods you choose match up with what you say is important to you?

You could look at this on another level and ask yourself, “What do I nourish myself with by how I spend my time?” Again, is there congruence between what you say is important and what you are spending your time on?

These are simple questions. The answers are simple, too. The key is not to beat yourself up about what is not congruent, but to notice these differences and make changes in your life to reflect that.


What about you? When I read this, I could think of all kinds of way that I am being incongruent. I am working on it, but I still have a ways to go. What came to mind for you as you read this post?


  1. I’m working on those areas too. I think it’s something we need to be aware of.
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  2. How appropriate for me that this hexagram is up for our consideration. I feel like I’m in one of those periods where I’m tweaking everything to make it better-fit. My rhythms and patterns and schedules shift with each season, but it always feels like the biggest change right about now. And this year in particular I feel like revisiting everything to see what’s really nourishing and what’s not.
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  3. I am all over this. Well…not for the food aspect but I sure have been looking at how I’m feeding my soul. I am being so much more intune with what I need right now which is may come off as anti-social to some but simply quiet reflection time for me. Thank you for this post…nice to know it’s okay for me to take this time to replenish my inner self.

  4. This little post comes at a time when I am struggling with my food choices. I have realized it has nothing to do with healthy or unhealthy, diet or weight loss. It is all about this one simple statement that you made in your post…”Do the foods you choose match up with what you say is important to you?” I’m struggling…my strong love of animals is coming in conflict with what I put in my mouth. I’ve been thinking of becoming a vegetarian. I think I’m afraid I’ll fail miserably at it so I keep pushing it back….making excuses….because if I fail… then what exactly does that say about who I am….
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  5. Great post Amy! For me, Nourishment – comes in so many areas in our lives, it’s so easy to not get the required RDA of actual nourishments that our souls really need. It’s not all about a healthy meal per se, more importantly how we nourish the love within ourselves as well as in others that helps to replenish needed nourishment.

    When we try to hold back or hold onto that which needs to be released, we are not nourishing our souls for growth but for stagnation. This Hexagram speaks to me in this way about nourishing one’s soul.
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  6. I need some serious nourishment right now — rest, self-awareness, play time, and lots of it. Oh, and that salad looks like it’d do me some good, too. Seriously, I’m drooling. Do you deliver?
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