Friday, March 16, 2018

ΥΓΕΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΘΕΝΕΙΑ ~ Atman Nityananda

ΥΓΕΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΘΕΝΕΙΑ 

Ο ΟΡΙΣΜΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΥΓΕΙΑΣ ΣΥΜΦΩΝΑ ΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΑΓΙΟΥΡΒΕΔΑ

Ένα άτομο που έχει σε ισορροπία τα τρία Ντόσας- Βάτα, Πίττα, Κάφα (οι τρεις βιοενέργειες, που ελέγχουν την φυσική λειτουργία των οργάνων αλλά επηρεάζουν και την ψυχολογική κατάσταση του ατόμου), την φωτιά-Agni, (παράγοντας που είναι υπεύθυνος για την πέψη και τον μεταβολισμό των Dhatus-ιστών), τις απεκκρίσεις-mala, τις νοητικές και φυσικές δραστηριότητες, είναι ικανοποιημένο με τον εαυτό του και αντιλαμβάνεται την πνευματική του υπόσταση ονομάζεται ένα υγιές άτομο. 

 ΥΓΕΙΑ ΚΑΙ  ΑΣΘΕΝΕΙΑ 

Η κακή υγεία (Σε όλα τα επίπεδα, δηλ. φυσικό, ενεργειακό, συναισθηματικό, νοητικό) οφείλεται συνήθως σε περισσότερο από ένα παράγοντες. Αυτό σχετίζεται με λανθασμένη χρήση, ελλειπή ή υπερβολική χρήση του σώματος των αισθήσεων, του νου, τα αρνητικά συναισθήματα και την έλλειψη επαφής με την πηγή της ύπαρξης μας. Αυτό δημιουργεί μια ανισορροπία σε όλα τα επίπεδα η οποία καταλήγει στο τέλος να εμφανιστεί σαν ασθένεια.

Η ασθένεια μπορεί να είναι σωματική ή ψυχική ή συνήθως κα τα δύο μαζί.
Η σωματική ασθένεια μπορεί να εμφανίζεται σαν ένα μικρό πρόβλημα όπως ημικρανίες, αρτηριακή πίεση, δυσκοιλιότητα, αιμορροΐδες κ.λπ. ή ένα πιο σοβαρό όπως ορμονικά προβλήματα, ασθένειες οργάνων, όπως του θυρεοειδή, της καρδιάς, του παγκρέατος κ.λπ..

Η  ψυχική μπορεί να είναι επίσης κάτι φαινομενικά μικρό, ή μια πιο βαριά κατάσταση που συνήθως τότε μόνο αναγνωρίζεται σαν ασθένεια, για παράδειγμα η κατάθλιψη. Όμως κάποιος που είναι την περισσότερη ώρα της ημέρας θυμώδης επίσης δεν μπορεί να θεωρείται ότι είναι ψυχικά υγιής. 

Όταν εμφανίζεται λοιπόν οποιοδήποτε σύμπτωμα σημαίνει ότι με κάποιο τρόπο δεν ζούμε σωστά, δηλαδή σύμφωνα με αυτό που αρμόζει στη φύση μας. Για αυτό εκτός από τα άμεσα μέτρα που πρέπει να λάβουμε (κάποια μορφή θεραπείας) πρέπει να δούμε γενικότερα τον τρόπο που ζούμε, την διατροφή, το κλίμα, τον ύπνο, την εργασία, τις σωματικές δραστηριότητες, τις σχέσεις μας (αν έχουμε ικανοποιητικές σχέσεις), την επικοινωνία μας με τους άλλους, τα συναισθήματα μας, πόσο ικανοποιημένοι είμαστε από τη ζωή μας, και γενικά τον τρόπο που βλέπουμε την ζωή.
Στην ουσία ένα μικρό σύμπτωμα ή μια ασθένεια είναι το καμπανάκι που μας κτυπάει και μας προειδοποιεί ότι πρέπει να κάνουμε αλλαγές στην ζωή μας. Η συμπτωματική αντιμετώπιση δεν αντιμετωπίζει ουσιαστικά την ασθένεια. Απλά επιβραδύνει τις συνέπειες και την κάνει λιγότερο επώδυνη. Η μη ουσιαστική αντιμετώπιση της κατάστασης  όμως μπορεί να δημιουργήσει μεγαλύτερο μπλοκάρισμα στον οργανισμό και έτσι να μένει ανοικτό το ενδεχόμενο για να εκδηλωθεί ασθένεια σε άλλα επίπεδα ή συστήματα του σώματος.

Χωρίς τις κατάλληλες προσαρμογές στην καθημερινή μας ζωή αληθινή ίαση δεν μπορεί να επέλθει και βέβαια υγεία δεν μπορεί να θεωρηθεί μόνο η απουσία ασθένειας, αλλά μόνο το ευ ζην.  

Ένας πιο εκτενής ορισμό της υγείας θα ήταν ο παρακάτω:

Υγεία είναι μία κατάσταση ισορροπίας των τριών βιοενεργειών (βάτα, πίττα, κάφα) στην οποία ο νους και όλα τα όργανα του σώματος εργάζονται με αρμονία και ο άνθρωπος απολαμβάνει ειρήνη, ευτυχία και εκτελεί όλα τα καθήκοντα της ζωής με άνεση. Όλες οι λειτουργίες του σώματος γίνονται καλά, έχει ήρεμο νου και δυνατό νευρικό σύστημα. Υγεία είναι η κατάσταση στην οποία ο άνθρωπος διατηρεί μια εύθυμη διάθεση και μπορεί να μιλήσει, να σκεφτεί και να δράσει κατάλληλα στις διάφορες περιστάσεις, είναι ικανοποιημένος με τον εαυτό του και έχει συνείδηση της πνευματικής του υπόστασης (σάττβα) . 

Δύο φυσικές θεραπείες οι οποίες μπορούν να μας βοηθήσουν να διατηρήσουμε την υγεία μας ή να την επανααποκτήσουμε είναι το ρέϊκι και τα ανθοϊάματα του Μπάχ. Εδώ και χρόνια τις έχω εφαρμόσει αποτελεσματικά και έχω διαπιστώσει ότι μπορούν να βοηθήσουν κάθε άνθρωπο. Και οι δύο μέθοδοι δρουν σε ενεργειακό επίπεδο, ήπια, ολιστικά χωρίς παρενέργειες κανενός είδους, με αποτελέσματα που πολλές φορές εκπλήσσουν. Τα οφέλη τους είναι πολλά, όμως θέλω να επισημάνω πως καμία θεραπεία δεν είναι πανάκεια, το ίδιο ισχύει και για το ρέϊκι και τα ανθοϊάματα.

Είναι φανερό ότι δεν μπορεί να αγνοηθούν οι αιτίες που προκάλεσαν την ασθένεια και οι αλλαγές που πρέπει να κάνει ο ασθενής σχετικά με αυτές.  Πρέπει να διερευνηθούν οι αιτίες και να ενημερωθεί ο ασθενής τι μπορεί να κάνει σχετικά με αυτές και βέβαια να γίνει υπεύθυνος της κατάστασης του.

Θέλω ακόμη να τονίσω την αναγκαιότητα μαζί με οποιαδήποτε θεραπεία να γίνεται αποτοξίνωση του οργανισμού, εξισορρόπηση των ενεργειών, νοητική και συναισθηματική αποτοξίνωση. Τότε οι προϋποθέσεις για ίαση θα είναι οι καλύτερες δυνατές. Αυτό μπορεί να γίνει με φυσικά μέσα, όπως το ρέϊκι, κατάλληλη δίαιτα, βότανα, μασάζ, αρωματοθεραπεία και ανθοϊάματα του Μπαχ, παραμονή σε κατάλληλο περιβάλλον ( φύση) αναπνευστικές ασκήσεις, προσευχή, θετικό οραματισμό, μάντρα κ.λπ..

Η θεραπεία δεν είναι μόνο ευθύνη του θεραπευτή αλλά κατά το ήμισυ και περισσότερο είναι του θεραπευμένου. Ο κάθε άνθρωπος είναι υπεύθυνος να κάνει ότι είναι απαραίτητο για να διατηρεί ένα ικανοποιητικό επίπεδο υγείας, ακολουθώντας ένα τρόπο ζωής που συμβάλει τα μέγιστα σε αυτό. Αυτό αφορά και την συναισθηματική και την νοητική του υγεία.

Επιπλέον είναι απαραίτητο να αποκτήσουμε επαφή με την αληθινή μας φύση. Όντας αποκομμένοι από την εσωτερική μας αλήθεια έχουμε δημιουργήσει σοβαρά προβλήματα, δυσαρμονία και ανισορροπία στον εαυτό μας, στους συνανθρώπους μας και σε όλο τον πλανήτη.

Η ζωή των περισσότερων δεν είναι μια χαρούμενη μελωδία αρμονίας, ειρήνης, ευτυχίας και δημιουργικότητας αλλά περισσότερο ένας αγώνας επιβίωσης και αποφυγής του πόνου και της βαρεμάρας.

Η επανασύνδεση μας με την πηγή της ζωής την Συνειδητότητα, είναι κάτι περισσότερο αναγκαία, για να λύσουμε τα προσωπικά μας προβλήματα, να βρούμε την πληρότητα, την ειρήνη, την ευτυχία και την αρμονία, αλλά και να βοηθήσουμε στην δημιουργία ενός κόσμου ειρήνης, αγάπης και αρμονίας.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Balancing Vata ~ Banyan Boanicals

Balancing Vata

Signs and Symptoms of Increased Vata

You may be experiencing some of the following signs or symptoms:
  • nervousness, anxiety, panic, fear
  • twitches, tics, tremors, spasms
  • dry or chapped skin
  • constipation, gas, bloating, dry, hard stools
  • low body weight
  • dislike of cold and wind
  • difficulty tolerating loud noises
  • light, interrupted sleep
  • spacey, scattered feeling
  • excess thinking or worrying
To decrease vata, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. Here are a few underlying concepts that these strategies are based on:
  • Routine
  • Warmth
  • Serenity
  • Nourishment

General Guidelines for a Vata-Reducing Diet

Enjoy:

  • Foods that are naturally sweet, sour, and salty in taste.
  • Warm foods, both energetically and in temperature. Whole, freshly cooked foods.
  • A limited selection of legumes, including mung dahl, tofu or tempeh that is well-cooked and warm soy milk spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Warming spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin, but not extremely hot spices like cayenne pepper.
  • Plenty of room temperature or warm drinks.
  • Dairy, as long as it is not very cold. Avoid drinking milk with your meals. It is best to have it warm and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, at least an hour before or after other food.
  • A generous amount of high-quality oils or ghee in your daily diet.
  • Routine times for your meals.
  • Taking a deep breath after swallowing your last bite and heading off for your next activity.
  • Eating your meal in a peaceful environment.

Avoid:

  • Foods that are bitter, astringent, and pungent.
  • Foods that are cooling, both energetically and in temperature.
  • Dry and light foods (e.g. popcorn and crackers).
  • Too much raw food, especially in the mornings and evenings (salads, carrot sticks, raw fruit, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, etc.)
  • Most beans, including cold soy products.
  • Highly processed foods (like canned or frozen foods, "TV" dinners or pastries).
  • Cold or carbonated drinks.
  • Caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants.
  • Overeating or eating very heavy meals.
  • Eating fresh fruit or drinking fruit juice within ½ hour of any other food.
  • Foods or drinks that contain refined sugar or corn syrup.
  • Deep fried foods.
  • Hard alcohol.

Vata-Pacifying Herbal Remedies

Herbs are useful allies when it comes to balancing the doshas. Ayurveda has a long history detailing the use of herbs and herbal combinations. Some Ayurvedic practitioners will customize herbal formulas to suit the unique constitutions of their clients. General formulas based on traditional combinations of herbs are also used. Below are some formulations that are especially useful for balancing vata. Some Ayurvedic practitioners will customize herbal formulas to suit the unique constitutions of their clients. General formulas based on traditional combinations of herbs are also used. Below are some formulations that are especially useful for balancing vata.
  • For a broad spectrum vata pacifying herbal formula consider Healthy Vata
  • To support mental calmness and well-being consider Tranquil Mind
  • To balance vata in the joints, nerves and muscles consider Joint Support
  • For dry or chapped skin consider Vata Massage Oil
  • To support healthy elimination consider Triphala
  • To support healthy weight gain consider Ashwagandha
  • For dislike of cold and wind consider Healthy Vata
  • For difficulty tolerating loud noises consider Healthy Vata
  • To Support a sound, restful sleep consider I Sleep Soundly
  • To Support stability and grounded awareness consider Mental Clarity
  • To support healthy, comfortable digestion consider Vata Digest

General Guidelines for a Vata-Pacifying Lifestyle

Enjoy:

  • Live as you would imagine a master would: with calm awareness and a gentle pace.
  • A regular, daily routine with regular times for eating, sleeping, working, etc.
  • A daily 10–20 minute self-massage with ½ cup warm sesame oil. Click here for more information on abhyanga.
  • A gentle exercise routine that includes a calm, stretch-focused form of yoga, Tai qi (tai chi), qi gong (chi gong), walking, swimming (but don’t get chilled) about five times per week.
  • Keeping warm, no matter what the weather.
  • Sweet, soothing music, smells, scenes and company.
  • Vata-reducing oils.
  • Vata-reducing herbs and remedies.
Our lives, environments and health change regularly. We recommend that you take this Vikriti test again in about month. Then you can see how things have changed and decide which remedies would be the most beneficial to regain balance. It may be helpful to learn more about vata so that you can understand why following these simple guidelines really can help.

SOURCE: Banyan Boanicals
https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/learning-ayurveda/balancing-vata/

Managing Vata Dosha in the Information Technology Era ~ David Frawley


Introduction

In this article Dr. Frawley gives us concrete guidelines on how to mantain our Vata grounded, on both psysical & psychological level. Our modern high-tech life is mainly a Vata aggravated environment and so care has to be taken on daily basis to keep our Vata calm and balanced. Especially the Vata types, that tend to suffer more.

Managing Vata Dosha in the Information Technology Era  ~ David Frawley

Vata dosha is the most disease-causing of the three Doshas or biological humors of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It represents the air element that tends to disturb us, unground us and remove us from the heavier elements that sustain our physical existence. Pitta dosha as fire and Kapha dosha as water are more stabilizing forces, though each has its own disease tendencies.

Vata dosha is connected to many disease conditions, including conditions born of aging, weak immunity, debility, nervous and psychological disorders of all types. It pushes the other two doshas that cannot move without its motivating power. High Vata results in pain, debility, agitation, disequilibrium and dysfunction of various types. Most chronic and degenerative diseases  are owing to it.
In our fasting moving information technology era we have many new Vata disorders as well as an exacerbation of the old. We are constantly bombarded with disturbing electrical stimulation from our media devices, from cell phones to computers, to the constant media barrage even in public places that increase the agitated qualities of Vata. We are taking more pharmaceutical and recreational drugs that can also be very taxing on our nervous systems, drying and depleting them and upsetting our organic equilibrium. In addition we are frequently on the go, moving, changing residences or even partners. We have irregular diets with fast food and artificial foods, seldom true natural nourishment. On top of this, our artificial life-styles often involve excess travel, overwork or even over indulgence that also take their tolls. All of these create a perfect situation for Vata dosha to increase on both physical and psychological levels.

At physical levels, we suffer from irregular digestion, poor elimination, dry skin, allergies, arthritis, low immune function, exhaustion and debility, which all relate to Vata dosha. At nervous and psychological levels, we suffer from insomnia, bad dreams, fear, worry, anxiety, stress, loneliness, debility and hypersensitivity, complications of Vata as well. Such Vata problems increase with age, the Vata stage of life.


Treating Vata Dosha Today


At a physical level, to counter high Vata dosha requires first a rich and nutritive diet with regular cooked meals and mild spices to aid in digestion, with whole grains, beans and dals, root vegetables, seeds, nuts and dairy products, particularly of Vata-reducing properties. Relative to our physical life-style going outdoors into nature, with fresh air, light exercise and sleeping early are essential, with proper rest and relaxation, extending to vacations and yoga retreats.

There are many Ayurvedic tonic herbs for lowering Vata dosha including ashwagandha, shatavari, jatamamsi, calamus and shankha pushpi. These are best taken in Ayurvedic preparations like ashwagandha arishta, ashwagandha lehyam, chyavan prash or shatavari ghee, and brahmi ghee. The Ayurvedic laxative formula triphala is important for reducing Vata in the large intestine in main site of accumulation in the body that sets in motion its disease causing energies. Vata types need to increase their Ojas or primary vital energy with such strengthening herbs.

For the mind, nervous system and bones, herbs like ashwagandha, calamus and brahmi are also good, but are better used as medicated oils like brahmi ghee, balashwagandha tailam, mahanarayan or dhanvantaram talisman, abundantly applied warm to the body, including to the head, neck, ears, spine and joints. A simple shirodhara or warm sesame oil drip to the head can be very good. The use of special Ayurvedic enemas or bastis, whether cleansing or nutritive may be required as well. Vata dosha types need their daily oil massage, particularly before sleep.

Yoga asanas of a gentle and calming nature are great for Vata dosha, slow and deep pranayama with no effort at retention, devotional chanting, while concentration and ground forms of meditation are very helpful. Pratyahara, yogic relaxation and Yoga Nidra are very helpful, letting go of the mind. But better nutrition and oil massage are a must to keep Vata dosha grounded as well.

Most Vata dosha problems begin with agitation and indecisiveness in the mind, inability to cope and loss of composure. Vata types must cultivate stillness, calmness, detachment and peace of mind. We must never let the world become greater than our own inner nature.

We don’t have to react to everything that is happening in the world. We need both a good sense of humor and a receptivity to the benefic powers of higher consciousness. Our world may seem too much for us to handle, with too many things for us to do, too much responsibility, complications and expenses. But we can always turn within and move beyond it. Vata types must give up their worrying minds and let the bliss of consciousness guide them from within. This is possible as Vata gives us a sense that reality is beyond the material world.

SOURCE:  AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF VEDIC STUDIES / VEDANET.COM https://www.vedanet.com/managing-vata-dosha-in-the-information-technology-era/


Saturday, November 2, 2013

The three Gunas - summary

The three Gunas - summary  

  Nature has three qualities or gunas. These are called sattva, rajas and tamas
All material nature is made up the interplay of three energies or "gunas". The gunas are a great map for navigating your way through life. When you can recognize which of these energies is at play in your life, it makes it so much easier to bring about a state of balance. Part of the work of yoga is to go beyond the limitation of seeing life as forms and concepts, and to see the underlying qualities of things.

These three inseparable qualities exist simultaneously in all of matter, all the time.
Just as it's not possible to have water (H2O) without the (O) oxygen atoms, so it's not possible to find a situation where one or more of its qualities have been eliminated. All three remain together, although at any given time, one of these qualities predominates over the other two.

Each quality has its own characteristics. Since both the external world and the internal world of the mind are made of matter, the qualities of the three gunas are seen in both. 

For example, in the external world we see:
  • Sattva -- equilibrium and serenity
  • Rajas -- dynamism and movement
  • Tamas -- inertia and stagnancy
In the internal world of the mind, these are experienced as:
  • Sattva -- Purity, compassion, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, comprehension, recognition, generosity, patience, kindness
  • Rajas -- Desire, anger, attachment, greed, possessiveness, envy, jealousy , hyperactivity, agitation, fear, nervousness, anxiety, aggressiveness, competitiveness, power, prestige, name and fame
  • Tamas -- Impurity, dullness, , delusion, confusion, depression, stupor, unconsciousness, coma

Rajas:


Generally: is a passionate, frenetic, creative, tumultuous energy. 

People that are rajasic are full of desire, thirsting for worldly enjoyment, and even at more extreme ends of the scale, fueled by competition and ambitiousness. The Sanskrit root means "impure". It is also related to the root rakta, "redness". And raga, "passion." If you think of living in a bright red room or a woman wearing a red dress, you can feel the energy of Rajas.

Food that is Rajasic is quite stimulating (often times over stimulating). Egg, spicy, sour, acid foods like coffee, hot peppers, onions and so on. If you find yourself eating really quickly too, this too can be rajasic. If you have ever been to a big smorgasbord and eaten way too many combinations of food, you would have belly will be feeling the effect of Rajas Guna

Tamas:

Tamas is dull, insensible, gloomy and dark energy. The Sanskrit word literally means "darkness, dark-blue, black".

People that are tamasic are gloomy, sluggish, dull and blinded by greed. Sometimes people who are tamasic can be characterized as lazy and slothful. If you spend the night drinking tequila in Margarita ville, the next morning you will find yourself deep in the heart of Tamasic ville On the darker end of the tamasic scale, they can be unconscious of the needs others, dark and destructive.

Food that is Tamasic is stale, under or over ripe. Heavy meats. Canned, reheated or fermented foods. Eating too much is Tamasic.

Sattva:

Sattva is a calm, peaceful and clear energy. The Sanskrit word is based on the principle "Sat" or "being, as it should be, perfect"

People that are Sattvic are calm, centered, compassionate and unselfish.

Food that is Sattvic is nourishing & easy to digest. Cereals, Fresh Fruit, Pure Water, Veggies, Milk, Yogurt.

One of the factors that influences the strength of the guna that predominates in your mind is your karma from past lives. But because the mind has an adoptive nature, it is strongly affected by the quality of your environment, associations, sense perceptions and by the quality of the food you eat.
Read more about THE THREE GUNAS


 Dr. David frawley speaks about the three gunas 


Peace  love  harmony

THE THREE GUNAS

THE THREE QUALITIES OF NATURE (GUNAS 
Sattva-Rajas-Tamas

Ayurveda provides a special language for understanding the primal forces of Nature and shows us how to work with them on all levels. According to Yoga and Ayurveda, Nature consists of three primal qualities, which are the main powers of Cosmic Intelligence that determine our spiritual growth. These are called gunas in Sanskrit, meaning “what binds” because wrongly understood they keep us in bondage to the external world.

From Sattva comes the clarity or peace through which we can perceive the truth. From tamas comes the power of ignorance that veils our true nature. From rajas comes the power of Imagination that projects the world and puts us in bondage to the multiplicity of the external. 

1) Sattva - intelligence, knowledge, purity, imparts balance.
Sattva is the quality of intelligence, virtue and goodness and creates harmony, balance and stability.

It is said to be light in nature and luminous. It has inward and upward motion and brings about the awakening and development of the soul. Sattva gives happiness. Sattva provides happiness and contentment of a lasting nature. It is the principle of clarity, wideness and peace, the force of love that unites all things together.

2) Rajas – energy, action, passion, causes imbalance.
Rajas means the quality of attraction, turbulence or activity. It introduces a disequilibrium that upsets an existing balance. It is said to be mobile and motivated. It possesses outward motion and causes self-motivated or self-seeking action that leads to disintegration, Rajas creates pain and suffering. It is the principle of energy. 

While in the short term Rajas is stimulating and provides pleasure, owing to its unbalanced nature it quickly results in pain and suffering. It is the force of passion that causes distress and conflict.

3) Tamas – substance, inertia, ignorance, creates inertia.
Tamas is the quality of dullness, darkness, and inertia and is heavy, veiling or obstructing in its action. It has downward motion and causes decay, degeneration and death. 

It functions as the force of gravity that retards things and holds them in specific limited forms. Tamas brings about ignorance and delusion in the mind and promotes insensitivity, sleep and loss of awareness. It is the principle of materiality or unconsciousness that causes consciousness to become veiled.

Since both the external world and the internal world of the mind are made of matter, the qualities of the three gunas are seen in both.

For example, in the external world we see:

Sattva -- equilibrium and serenity
Rajas -- dynamism and movement
Tamas -- inertia and stagnancy

In the internal world of the mind, these are experienced as:

Sattva -- Purity, compassion, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, comprehension, recognition, generosity, patience, kindness.

Rajas -- Desire, greed, jealousy, anger, attachment, possessiveness, hyperactivity, nervousness, anxiety,aggressiveness, competitiveness, power, prestige, name and fame.

Tamas -- Impurity, dullness, envy, fear, delusion, confusion, depression, stupor, unconsciousness, coma.

One of the factors that influences the quality and strength of the material quality that predominates in your mind is your destiny. Otherwise, because the mind has an adoptive nature, it is also strongly affected by the quality of your environment and associations. It is also influenced by the quality of the food you eat.

The three gunas are the most subtle qualities of Nature that underlie matter, life and mind. They are the energies through which not only the surface mind, but our deeper consciousness functions. They are the powers of the soul which hold the karmas and desires that propel us from birth to birth. The gunas adhere in Nature herself as her core potentials for diversification.

All objects in the universe consist of various combinations of the three gunas. Cosmic evolution consists of their mutual interaction and transformation. The three gunas are one of the prime themes of Ayurvedic thought. They form a deeper level than the three biological humors (Vata- Pitta-Kapha) and help us understand our mental and spiritual nature and how it functions.

SATTVA AND THE MIND

The mind, or consciousness in general, is naturally the domain of Sattva. Consciousness itself is called Sattva in Sanskrit. Unless the mind is calm and clear we cannot perceive anything properly. Sattva creates clarity, through which we perceive the truth of things, and gives light, concentration and devotion. Rajas and Tamas are factors of mental disharmony causing agitation and delusion. They result in wrong imagination and misperception.

From Rajas comes the false idea of the external world as real in itself, which causes us to seek happiness outside ourselves and lose track of our inner peace. Rajas creates desire, distortion, turbulence and emotional upset. It predominates in the sensory aspect of the mind because the senses are ever-moving and seeking various objects. As long as we remain immersed in the pursuit of sensory enjoyment we fall under the instability of Rajas.

From Tamas comes the ignorance that veils our true nature and weakens our power of perception. Through it arises the idea of an ego or separate self by which we feel ourselves alone and isolated. Tamas prevails in consciousness identified with the physical body, which is dull and limited. As long our identity and sense of well-being is primarily physical we remain in the dark realm of Tamas.

Sattva is the balance of Rajas and Tamas, combining the energy of Rajas with the stability of Tamas. By increasing Sattva one gains peace and harmony, and returns to Primordial Nature and Pure Spirit in which is liberation. However attachment to Sattva, such as clinging to virtue, can bind the mind. For this reason we must strive to develop pure Sattva, which is its detached form, or Sattva not clinging to its own qualities. Pure Sattva does not condemn Rajas and Tamas but understands their place in the cosmic harmony, which is as outer factors of life and body whose proper place is apart from our true nature.

When pure Sattva prevails in our consciousness we transcend time and space and discover our eternal Self. The soul regains its basic purity and unites with God. When out of balance, the three gunas bring about the process of cosmic evolution through which the soul evolves through the kingdoms of Nature, experiencing birth and death, happiness and sorrow in various bodies. The movement of the three gunas is coterminous with creation.

Sattva as the state of balance is responsible for all true health and healing. Health is maintained by Sattvic living, which is living in harmony with Nature and our inner Self, cultivating purity, clarity and peace. Rajas and Tamas are the factors that cause disease. Rajas causes pain, agitation and the dissipation of energy. Tamas brings about stagnation, decay and death. Rajas and Tamas usually work together. Rajas brings about the over expression of energy, which eventually leads exhaustion, in which Tamas prevails. For example, too much spicy food, alcohol, and sexual indulgence, are initially Rajasic or stimulating. These eventually lead to such Tamasic conditions as fatigue and collapse of energy. On a psychological level too much Rajas, which is turbulent emotion, leads to Tamas or mental dullness and depression.

Mental Types According to the Gunas

To have Sattva predominant in our nature is the key to health, creativity and spirituality.

Sattvic people possess an harmonious and adaptable nature which gives the greatest freedom from disease both physical and mental. They strive toward balance and have peace of mind that cuts off the psychological root of disease. They are considerate of others and take care of themselves. They see all life as a learning experience and look for the good in all things, even in disease which they strive to understand, not merely to suppress.

Rajasic people have good energy but burn themselves out through excessive activity. Their minds are usually agitated and seldom at peace. They have strong opinions seek power over others often regardless of the means. They are impatient and inconsistent in dealing with their problems and do not wish to take the time or responsibility to get well. They blame others for their problems, including their therapists.
Rajasic people can accomplish their goals and are generally in control of their lives. However, they are not awake to their spiritual purpose, and are dominated by the ego in their pursuit of happiness. Life brings them shocks, which can cause them great suffering, particularly when they lose control. Even when they achieve their goals they find that they are still not happy.

Tamasic types have deep-seated psychological blockages. Their energy and emotion tends to be stagnant and repressed and they do not know what their problems really are. They do not seek proper treatment and usually have poor hygiene or poor self-care habits. They accept their condition as fate and do not take advantage of the methods that may alleviate their problems. They allow other people and negative influences to dominate them and do not like to be responsible for their lives. They prefer not to deal with their problems or will not let others know about them, which only allows the problems to get worse.

The admixture of gunas

However, we must not forget the admixtures of the gunas. There is a higher rajas and tamas in the field of sattva and a lower sattva in the fields of rajas and tamas. Similarly there are rajasic aspects of tamas and tamasic aspects of rajas. The following are some brief descriptions 

1. Rajasic Sattva: the acιive or transformative force of sattva, the power of, spiritual aspiration that struggles upward, ever seeking greater growth and unfoldment. It is also any energy of healing that brings about integration and wholeness. 

2. Tamasic Sattva: the destructive force of sattva that eliminates negativity: It is also the stability inherent in sattva, its capacity to endure through all obstacles. It is the capacity of a state of balance to sustain itself and to ward off disease or imbalance. 

3. Sattvic Rajas: the type of religion, spirituality or idealism of rajasic people. It has rajasic traits of aggression, outer expansion and the seeking of power Religions based upon militance, exclusivism and intolerance reflect this quality. 

4. Tamasic Rajas: the inertia of rajasic types, their resistance to any higher force, and holding to their own personal power and impulses regardless of the consequences for themselves or others. 

5. Sattvic Tamas: the religion, spirituality or idealism of tamasic people. It has tamasic traits of destruction, darkness, and delusion. It is the level of dark cults and superstitions. 

6. Rajasic Tamas: the aggression and violence ·of dull and ignorant people lι is perhaps the most destructive gunic quality. Tamasic types literally trample over others and, devoid of sensitivity, delight in harm and destruction. Deep sexual perversions come at this level.

Gunas and Human Relations

Our minds are constantly being affected by the changing gunas, just like a movie is flashing on a screen. As we watch the light shown through the celluloid frames of a movie, our mood changes from scene to scene. We are emotionally absorbed in the reflected images. If something sad is depicted, we feel sad. If something humorous happens, we feel happy. Similarly, the gunas reflect every moment on the screen of our mind, and accordingly our style of thinking, field of desires and mood shift.

For this reason, sometimes you feel extremely active, at other times reflective. Sometimes you are overcome by laziness. Sometimes you feel at peace. Sometimes you are motivated to better yourself and sometimes you feel self-destructive. These internal moods are a reflection of the influence of one of the gunas of maya.

While we are under the influence of any of the gunas, we see the world though that "tinted lens".

If we are under the influence of sattva, we may feel compassion and kindness for others. We will see only good in them and judge their intentions to be of the highest order.

When we are under the influence of rajas, we may feel ambitious and wonder how others can further our selfish motive. We may also feel that people are untrustworthy and they may try to take advantage of us.

When we are under the influence of tamas we try to devise some means of cheating or robbing someone or hurting them verbally or physically. We see others as being the enemy or as having little or no worth.

CULTIVATION OF SATTVA 

Yoga and Ayurveda emphasize the development of sattva. In yoga, sattva is the higher quality that allows spiritual growth to occur. Ιn Ayurveda, sattva is the state of balance that makes healing happen. 

Eat mostly sattvic food

The mind appropriately is the domain of Sattva (clarity) and the mind itself is called Sattva. One's quality of Sattva is reflected in the clarity of perception and peace of mind. 

When in balance in the mind the three gunas give perception of truth, when out of balance, they create ignorance (tamas) or false imagination (rajas) through which perception is blocked or distorted. 

Sattva is the balance of rajas and tamas. Hence by increasing sattva in the mind one returns to peace and harmony and can merge back into nature and spirit. Yet attachment to sattva, like clinging to virtue, can also bind the mind. Pure sattva is required, which is the detached form of it. Ayurveda uses the three gunas for determining mental nature. 

In fact the mind itself is composed of the gunas. The gunas we take in serve to build up the mind. The mind like the gunas is the causal or creative principle in existence. 

Yoga practice has two stages: 

1. The development of sattva 
Development of sattva means purification of body and mind. Development of sattva occurs through right diet, physical purification, control of the senses, control of the mind, mantra and devotion. 

In order to develop sattva we must follow a sattvic life style and do yoga practices. What is a satvvic lifestyle?  It is to live in all aspects of our everyday life in a sattvic way. We must be in contact and have relations with what is sattvic by nature. 

That means that:

We must eat sattvic food, drink sattvic drinks, perceive sattvic impressions, live in a sattvic house, city or neighborhood and have relations with sattvic people and avoid or reduce as much as possible what is rajasic and tamasic.
We must cultivate sattvic thoughts and way of thinking and sattvic feelings. At the same time we must eliminate negative thinking and emotions by spiritual practices and other psychological means and methods such as Bach remedies, affirmations, EFT etc..
We must do by speech and body sattvic actions and do them in a sattvic way.

2. The transcendence of sattva. 

Transcendence of sattva means going beyond the body and mind to our true Self beyond manifestation. Transcendence of sattva comes from higher meditation practices. 

The general rule is that if one has not developed sattva, one cannot go beyond it. One should not forget this important rule. If we don't have the appropriate sattva or purity in our body and mind, including in our emotions, it may be premature for us to seek any higher enlightenment. 

SATTVA AND HEALTH 

Sattva is also the key to ayurveclic healing. Ayurverda states that the sattvic body and mind are less likely to suffer from disease and more able to continue in a state of balance. Disease, particularly of a chronic nature, is a tamasic state. Tamas brings about the accumulation of toxins and waste materials on a physical level and of negative thoughts and emotions on a psychological level. 

Health is a sattvic state of balance and adaptation which prevents any excess from occurring. Rajas is the movement either from health to disease or disease to health depending upon its direction of development. Acute diseases fall under rajas, which is pain.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ojas – Fluid Of Life

Ojas – Fluid Of Life

Question & Answers with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Is Ojas the same as happiness?

 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Happiness is different from Ojas

Ojas is a certain type of energy, vibrancy in you. Like in the morning you are very vibrant, then you go to work and get tired, and in the evening you don’t have that same energy, right?
In the same way, when you are enjoying through the five senses, you see television for three hours, or you sit in a movie for three hours and come out, your Ojas is spent. If you listen too much, or eat too much, your Ojas is gone. Too much sex and Ojas totally gets depleted. Ojas is spent when you are engaging in any of the five senses.
Ojas can be rebuilt in the system through proper food, rest and attitude, but not very late in life. You cannot say that you are trying to rebuild your Ojas at the age of 60 or so. It has to be done before a certain age. It is like you cannot become very flexible after a certain age.
Ojas is certain vibrancy in you, energy. Our body has seven substances and Ojas is one of them. In the pulse reading you can see that.
After a certain age, the testosterone hormone is gone; similarly Ojas is related to, let us say, hormones. You cannot build those hormones at a later age.
During teenage, Ojas is maximum, and then if one keeps up with a good routine, good food, then Ojas continues through the middle age. And in the middle age, you can increase it or completely get away with it. That is possible. But after sixty or seventy, you cannot say, ‘Okay, now I want to bring back the Ojas into my system’. It may be possible but it is difficult. It depends.
Then they advise you to do the Kaya Kalpa, which is a particular treatment in Ayurveda, where for forty days you have to be inside a small room with no sunlight. There is a particular diet that you have to follow and you are not allowed to come out in the sunlight. Then people feel totally rejuvenated after forty days.
It is like being in the womb again. Just like a child is in the womb for nine months, they put you through some rigorous treatment for forty days. Only the doctor will come in and give you the treatment, massages, etc.
    SOURCE:  THE ART OF LIVING     http://www.artofliving.org/ojas-%E2%80%93-fluid-life
 
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  A clip by Dr Robert Svoboda on Ojas taken from the 2nd International Ayurveda & Yoga Conference - Sydney 2009
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SATTVIC, RAJASIC AND TAMASIC FOODS


SATTVIC, RAJASIC AND TAMASIC FOODS

Ayurveda refers to the gunas to restore and maintain balance. They are the aspects present in
Nature. The gunas are sattva, rajas, and tamas. Sattva is equilibrium or balance, rajas is
activity, and tamas is inertia. The qualities we consume are reflected in our body and mind.

Sattvic foods


Sattvic foods are pure and balancing. They are fresh foods with little, if any processing.
Sattvic foods that are suitable for your constitution digest easily. Ideally one would eat foods
to balance their dosha, choosing primarily from sattvic foods. They provide strength, vitality,
and increased energy.
Adzuki beans
Almonds
Amaranth
Apples
Apricots
Artichokes
Arugula (small amounts)
Asparagus
Bananas
Barley
Basmati rice
Bean sprouts (all kinds)
Beets
Black beans
Blackberries
Black-eyed peas
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Dates (fresh)
Endive
Escarole
Fava beans
Figs (fresh or dried)
Filberts
Flowers (edible and sweet)
Fruit juices (fresh)
Ghee
Grapefruits
Grapes
Green beans
Honeydew melon
Jerusalem artichokes
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lentils (black or tan)
Lettuce
Pineapple (sweet)
Pine nuts
Pinto beans
Plums (sweet or sour)
Pomegranates
Prunes
Pumpkins
Quinoa
Raisins
Raspberries
Rice
Rutabaga
Sesame seeds (hulled or
unhulled)
Soybeans Soymilk (fresh)
Spinach
Strawberries
Sugar cane (raw)
Buckwheat
Buttermilk (fresh)
Cabbage (red or green)
Cantaloupe
Carob
Carrots
Cashew nuts
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Cherries (sweet or sour)
Chestnuts
Chinese cabbage
Coconut
Cornmeal
Cranberries
Cucumbers
Lima beans (small
amounts)
Loganberries
Macadamia nuts
Mangoes
Maple syrup
Milk (fresh, raw, and pure)
Millet
Mother’s milk
Mung beans (whole)
Mung dhal (split)
Mustard greens
Oats (steel cut or berries)
Oranges (sweet)
Papayas
Parsnips
Peaches
Pecans
Summer squash
Sunflower seeds
Sweet potatoes
Tangerines (sweet)
Teff
Turnips
Walnuts (English or black)
Watercress
Watermelon
Wheat
Wild rice
Winter squash
Yacon
Yams
Yogurt (freshly made)
Zucchini

Rajasic foods

Rajasic foods are stimulating and can cause physical and mental stress. Eating rajasic foods
overexcites the body and mind and encourages circulatory and nervous system disorders.
These foods create imbalance in the mind, body, and spirit connection resulting in a restless,
overactive mind.

Aged cheeses
Avocado
Cottage cheese
Dried dates
Egg
Eggplant
Fermented food (all)
Bottled fruit juices
Garbanzo beans
Garlic
Guava
Ice cream
Kidney beans
Lime
Lemon
Red lentils
Molasses
Olives
Onions (all kinds)
Peanuts
Peanut oil
Pepper
Pickles
Potatoes
Pumpkin seeds
Radishes
Salt (all kinds)
Sour cream
Soy milk (commercial)
Sugar (all kinds)
Tomatoes
Vinegar
Yogurt (not freshly made)

Tamasic foods

Tamasic foods are impure, rotten, or dead and produce feelings of heaviness and lethargy.
Eating tamasic foods makes a person dull and lethargic, lacking motivation and purpose.

Alcohol Animal meat (beef,
chicken, fish, fowl, goat,
lamb, pork, rabbit
shellfish, turkey, venison)
Fried foods
Frozen foods
Leeks
Leftovers
Margarine
Microwaved food
Food with preservatives
Mushrooms (all kinds)






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WHAT IS A SATTVIC DIET?

A Life Enhancing Diet to Balance the Mind

"Food is a dynamic force which interacts with the human on the physical body level, the mind emotional level, and also the energetic and spiritual level. The study of nutrition is the study of the interaction with and assimilation of the dynamic forces of food by the dynamic forces of our total being." ~ Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Spiritual Nutrition and The Rainbow Diet?

WHAT IS A SATTVIC DIET?

In Ayurveda the emphasize is on a Sattvic diet for healthy living, particularly for keeping our minds clear, happy and at peace. The original Sattvic diet was devised for the development of higher consciousness.

Sattvic foods are foods that are abundant in Prana- the universal life-force that gives life to all sentient beings in both plant and animal kingdoms. a Sattvic diet means not only vegetarian food, but food rich in Prana 'life-force like organic fresh fruits and vegetables. it requires avoiding canned and processed food, and foods prepared with chemical fertilizers or sprays. It also means properly prepared fresh foods. Foods prepared with lots of love will add to their Sattvic quality.

The ancient Ayurvedic criteria for foods to be considered Sattvic were quite simple: foods were grown organically on good rich fertile soil; foods were to be of attractive appearance, and be harvested at the correct time of year. Foods should be whole foods full of life-force and enzymes and be as close as possible as they are in their natural fresh state.

Today, we need to add to these criteria for Sattva several other modern concerns. Sattvi foods should be grown without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, hormones, irradiation or anything unnatural. Modern use of refinement processes and chemical additives, besides actually adding substances to our foods, depletes foods of their Prana 'life-force' and hence renders them heavy, impotent and lifeless.

Sattic foods are nutritive vegetarian foods like organic nuts, seeds, whole grains and oily fruits and vegetables that help build the brain tissue and develop Ojas.

The Three Gunas


In the unmanifested Universe, energy has three qualities, known as Gunas, that exist together in equilibrium: Sattva (purity); Rajas (activity, passion, the process of change); and Tamas (darkness, inertia). Once energy takes form, one quality of the three predominates. Thus on an apple tree, some of the fruit is ripe (Sattvic), some ripening (rajasic) and some overripe (tamasic). But no matter which quality prevails, an Element of each of the other two will always be present as well. Most of an individual apple will be ripe, but part will be rotten, even if the naked eye cannot see it, and part will be in the process of changing from one state to the other. The three Gunas encompass all existence, all actions. If a man commits a robbery, the action is basically rajasic but the decision to rob and the motive may be predominantly tamasic, rajasic or Sattvic, according to the situation. In all people one of the three Gunas has superior strength and is reflected in all they do and think. Only in enlightenment are the Gunas completely transcended.

Ancient Rishis have said you take on the karma of the animal you eat
When you eat meat you are ingesting all the stress hormones released when that animal was killed. The hormones released at death are present in the flesh when you eat it. At a cellular level, your body is getting the message that you are dying.

One goal and effect of Ayurveda and following a spiritual path is to raise our vibrational levels
Meat has a very low vibration. On a continuum of lower vibrations, fish, chicken, lamb, beef, and finally pork have increasingly lower vibrations and their energy is very dark, dense and congested. Through the centuries it has been observed that vegetarians have a more refined etheric body and brighter aura. A vegetarian whose etheric body is brighter and healthier will generally heal at much faster rate than those who are not vegetarian.

Ayurvedic Principles


Everything on Earth has a primary quality (Guna). Anything we hear, smell, see, taste or touch may be classified into the categories of Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic.

BALANCING THE EMOTIONAL BODY WITH FOOD
In Ayurveda a dietary system was developed by the ancient Masters and Sages thousands of years in working with the mind to help support an individual on a spiritual path that perfected the ancient forms of Yoga and Meditation. It is also the foundation of many healing arts. It has a rich tradition that has been taught, practiced and passed onto many cultures over the world.
Ayurveda or Sattvic foods all have one thing in common: they are high in Prana (the universal life force). More specifically, Sattvic foods are natural, organically grown, and as unrefined as possible. Modern food processing takes the Prana out of many foods and makes them heavy, impotent, and lifeless- or simply "dead food."

Mind balance in Ayurveda means modifying the mind from Tamasic or Rajasic to Sattvic state. Choosing those foods and activities that are Sattvic in nature in preference to those that are Rajasic or Tamasic does that. With consistent and dedicated attention to diet, environment and sensory experiences, total mind balance can be achieved.

It often takes discipline and effort to become Sattvic, but the peace of mind, health, strength and immunity that is obtained from this state of mind makes it worthwhile. However, some rajas and tamas qualities are still required for action and motivation to achieve our goals and inaction, sleep or relaxation (tamas).

There are three types of foods categorized by their primal essence or nature:


Tamasic Foods

Dark, and dull. A tamasic diet benefits neither the mind nor the body. Prana, or energy, is withdrawn, powers of reasoning become clouded and a sense of inertia sets in. The body's resistance to disease is destroyed and the mind filled with dark emotions, such as anger, jealousy and greed.
Tamasic foods include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, alcohol and other intoxicants including drugs. Foods that are over-processed, no longer fresh, and/or difficult to digest are Tamasic. Foods that are prepared unconsciously or while the preparer is angry or in a negative mood are also considered Tamasic. If you are interested in vital health and spiritual growth it is best to avoid these foods. Tamasic items include meat, alcohol, tobacco, onions, garlic, fermented foods, such as vinegar, and stale left over food, contaminated or overripe substances. Overeating is also regarded as tamasic. Tamasic is the unhealthiest food of all.

Rajasic Foods

Rajas signifies the "can do" kind of energy. It is the energy, which we need to accomplish, create, and achieve. It represents worldly power and the sex drive. A Rajasic diet is good for "householders" who aspire to maintain a meditative mind but need to live and work in the world as well. It has been recommended by the ancient Rishis teachers that a combination of Sattvic and Rajasic foods for those who practice demanding disciplines such as endurance athletics, martial arts and Kundalini Yoga. They destroy the mind-body equilibrium, feeding the body at the expense of the mind.
Foods that are very hot, bitter, sour, dry, or salty are rajasic. Too much rajasic food will over stimulate the body and excite strong emotional qualities and passions, making the mind restless and uncontrollable. Rajasic foods include hot substances, such as sharp spices or strong herbs, stimulants, like coffee and tea, meat of animals and fish, eggs, salt and chocolate. Many of the ground foods are Rajasic. Eating in a hurry is also considered rajasic.

Sattvic Foods

Sattvic means pure essence. This is the purest diet for a consciously spiritual and healthy life. It nourishes the body and maintains it in a peaceful state. According to Ayurveda, this is the best diet for physical strength, a good mind, good health, and longevity. And it calms and purifies the mind, enabling it to function at its maximum potential. A Sattvic diet thus leads to true health: a peaceful mind in control of a fit body, with a balanced flow of energy between them. They are known to have a very cleansing effect on the body. A Sattvic diet is excellent for those individuals who desire to live a quiet, peaceful and meditative life. Sattvic foods comprise the diet of many sages, yogis and spiritual teachers. These foods are supposed to produce calmness and nobility among men. Eating fruits and vegetables increases one's magnetism. From what we understand today about diets we are sure that ancient Essenes and Rishis masters saints had a very good idea about food in general and their effect on the body and thinking pattern of man. Expression of the soul is dependent on the body, and the body is dependant on food.

The Sattvic diet consists of light, soothing, easily digested food. Sattvic signifies the etheric qualities and includes foods such as fruits and vegetables, especially sun foods and ground foods. Many Sattvic foods are sun foods are those that grow one meter or more above the ground. They have a quickening and lightening effect on the body's nervous and digestive systems. Ground foods are those foods that grow within one meter of the ground. They draw energy from the earth and are high in nutrients. Sattvic foods include sprouted whole grains, fresh fruit, land and sea vegetables, pure fruit juices, nut and seed milk and cheese, legumes, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, honey, and herb teas. Sattvic foods are those foods which do not agitate your stomach at all. According to the diet, the best foods are those that are fresh, which have a balance of all the six tastes and are consumed in moderate portions.

Becoming Sattvic


One should focus on work, self-improvement and intellectual or spiritual pursuits. Maintaining a positive nature, demonstrating generosity, kindness, openness, fairness (equality) and forgiveness also increases Sattva Guna. In addition spiritual inclination, faith and belief in the Great Spirit or God, engaging in selfless service or charitable activities help to become Sattvic.

Nature's Sattvic Foods


Fruits

Apples, Kiwi, Prunes, Apricots, Loquat, Tangerines, Bananas, Lychee, Pomegranate, Cantaloupe, Mango, Papaya, Cherries, Melons, Nectarines, Cranberry, Honeydew, Oranges, Grapefruits, Watermelon, Pineapples, Grapes, Peaches, Plums, Guava, Pears, Persimmon

Vegetables

Artichokes, Eggplant, Lettuce, Beets, Mustard, Greens, Asparagus, Daikon, Onions, Endive, Fennel, Maitake, Parsnips, Bok Choy, Peas, Broccoli, Green Beans, Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Radishes, Cabbage, Leeks, Lima Beans, Shallots, Carrots, Celery, Spinach, Cauliflower, Chard, Chanterelles, Sprouts, Corn, Squash, Shitake, Mushrooms, Watercress, Turnips, Yams

Sprouted Whole Grains

Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Bulgur, Millet, Quinoa, Rice:Basmati, Brown and Wild Rice.

Oils

Olive, Safflower, Sesame, Sunflower, Garbanzo, Lentils, Mung.

Spices

Asafoetida (hing), Coriander, Basil, Cumin, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Fennel seed, Parsley, Cardamom, Fenugreek, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger

Nut/Seed

Brazil nuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts

Milks & Cheese

Seed milk, Hemp milk, Almond or other nut milk

Sweetners

Cane juice, Raw honey, Stevia, Fruit Juices, Maple Syrup


It takes time for the effects of dietary changes to manifest on the mind. Changing our diet may not impact our psychology overnight, but in a period of months can affect it significantly.




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