The Power of the Tongue

7% of what a person feels comes through in their words. So make sure to listen to all the other messages as well.

— Life is a Recipe

One can learn so much from cooking a dish. When you add too much or too little of one spice, it can completely ruin a recipe. Using high-quality ingredients and getting the measurements right balances the flavors so that they complement each other. Eating that dish then becomes an experience – a moment when we stop and appreciate a culinary creation. If we apply the same attention to balancing the “ingredients” of our communication, we can either deepen our relationships to where they fill our souls.

Whether eating or communicating, that oral cavity of ours, especially our tongue, has so much power. Our taste buds decide, in one moment, if we enjoy a particular taste or if we think it’s horrid. Yet, we can train our taste buds to develop a taste for higher-quality treats. (Think of a great wine or a delicious cheese.)

Similarly, in one angry or anxious moment, our tongues can roll off words that break hearts and create anguish. The expressions of our impulsive reactions can spike our relationships.  They either build someone up or break someone down.  And if we’re not careful of what we’re adding, we can even contaminate ourselves in the process.

The Power of the Tongue

We can learn to control our tongues by practicing taking the time to think before we speak. We need to always remember that if the words that come to mind don’t have a way of making a relationship better, then we need to bite our tongue instead.  This is one instance where biting your tongue is a good thing. This is not about suppression. This is about having a loving tone. If everyone started to do this, what would this world look like?

Spice your words so that they aren’t bitter, but balanced just right.

Life Recipe:
The Power of the Tongue

  1. Think about the individuals you talk to on a daily basis. Do you think about the “ingredients” they need in your communication?
  2. Make a focused effort to sprinkle those ingredients into your time with them.
  3. Note how they respond to your new approach. Remember what ingredients helped, and continue to look for ways to improve the communication you give.

Lunch Recipe:
Albondigas Soup

  • 1 whole onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 2 green squash (chopped)
  • 2 yellow squash (chopped)
  • 1 large potato (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 4 stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 1 bunch of cauliflower (chopped)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 bunch of kale (chopped)
  • ½ cup of mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 carton of organic chicken stock
  • Life is a Recipe® Garam Masala
  • ½ jar of organic marinara pasta sauce
  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • garlic salt (to taste)


  1. In a pot, fry the onion and the garlic together. When they have become translucent, add in all the chopped vegetables.

  2. Stir the vegetables for a few minutes and allow them to cook.

  3. Add in the chicken stock.

  4. Next, add in pasta sauce.

  5. In a separate bowl, add the uncooked ground turkey. Sprinkle in garlic salt.

  6. Whisk one egg and pour over ground turkey. Mix.

  7. Form tablespoon sized scoops and roll into balls. Add the meatballs into the boiling soup.

  8. When the meatballs are almost cooked, add in the cilantro. Serve. Garnish with cilantro.