26 April 1921

26 April 1921

Villa Isola Bella, Menton, France

[I wonder whether you might be interested in what a tubercular patient has noticed...]

Appetite; I discovered that when I had no appetite my food gave me indigestion. At the sight of food I immediately felt nervous, and attacked it in a state of physical tension. Then I tried relaxing consciously for a minute or two before eating and this relaxation not only made me eat slowly when I did eat, it made it possible to eat a great deal more – and (though this is extravagant, I suppose) I find it cured my indigestion. Perhaps grace before meat wasn’t only instituted so that infants should praise de Lord but also with a view of inducing this feeling of relaxation.

[To Victor Sorapure in Collected Letters, ? mid-May.]