This is a very brief article touching on a practice to help you stay on the path or flow by being aware of the energetics of food.
You are what you eat indeed, here is an Ayurvedic portrayal of why this is so. I am writing this with a concept in mind that defines why what we think shapes our way and state of being and perhaps touches on several Ayurvedic principles along the way. Vegetarianism has a prevalence in Ayurvedic idealology but to me it goes way beyond just the consumption of food for nourishment and has its ‘roots’ in the way it governs our state of mind.
Life whether we admit it or not is governed by our Karmic cycle and our ability to make the right/conscious decisions that enable us to move into the light or our flow; this is how we will we evolve as a species. FLOW is a term used to describe our life’s course when things are going well and once we are on this path of harmony it’s a great time to put some of the Ayurvedic techniques and models into practice.
The terms that describe the 3 aspects of our life is Sattvic Rajastic and Tamasic. If we find ourselves in our flow this signifies that sattvic is dominating which gives us the ability to think clearly and execute which step we wish to make to further our flow. If we find we are not moving forward or cannot make fundamental decisions to help our way of life, then we have a dominance of Tamas or Kapha (EARTH) which can be alleviated by implementing a sattvic diet or practice.
To think clearly is to be positive, patient, open to change, heart orientated, compassionate with the end result being wisdom. The best way to retain this higher state of mind is by eating foods that enhance your capacity for knowledge but by also keeping your body in tune to this higher resonation. Sattvic foods are foods that still hold there pranic value or chi thus keeping our intake pure and closer to the source aka Light. Sattvic foods are Fruits: mango, pomegranate, coconut, figs, peaches, pears. Grains: rice, tapioca. Vegetables: sweet potato, lettuce, parsley, sprouts, squash. Beans: mung, yellow lentils, kidney beans, lima beans. Dairy: organic fresh milk, ghee, yogurt (Though yogurt must not be combined with Vegetables and is best on its own and relies on having good AGNI (digestive fire) to digest.
As I mentioned the ability to make the best use of our time, knowledge and resources is determined and governed by our power to think clearly. Many Ayurvedic practices help this aspect of being and one of the most powerful ways is through the implementation of Meditation. If you have heard of this practice but find that you can’t find the ‘time’. Do yourself a favour and enrol in a Vipassana course this will help you get to the core of the practice easier and feel its effects which will give you a signpost per se to feel its power thus helping settle into the notion of making it an everyday occurrence.
Our ability to become more in tune with our true intentions is all governed by our relationship to light and warmth. If our intake consists of things that are in the form of light and warmth ‘we become alike light’. The plants main source of food is light and warmth our relationship to these beings are closer than you might think like Chinese medicine each part of the body is and can be referred to as being an aspect of a plant for example – Our fat is alike the sap or gum like that of a plant, the same as our Bones are bark, our marrow or nerve tissue is like that of a veins of a leaf; our muscle is the softwood, our blood is alike the resin, our plasma is the juice of the leaf and the pinnacle of this is our ability to reproduce which is the manifestation of the plants highest potential flower or fruit. There is a reason we give a red rose to our lover on valentine’s day as it signifies our heart emotion (Red -Anahata heart chakra) and our intent to reproduce (flower).
If we look at our relationship with the plants as such, we can see how we can make our body and mind in align with the light source (sun-warmth) and by consuming them we can get this pranic energy 1st hand.
Once we get in tune with higher aspect of ourselves we can employ the other two Guna’s that of Rajas and Tamas to execute and fulfil our will or desire. The implementation of an ideal that has arisen from Sattva needs the fire or tejas of Rajas to manifest and come to life. Eating Rajastic foods (in moderation to be sure not too increase Vata) alongside Sattvic foods will help you make concepts that have arisen from a pure mind (Buddhi) grow and unfold. Foods that are Rajastic are Fruit: Sour apples, apples, banana and guava. Grains: Millet, corn and buckwheat. Vegetables: Potato, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, tamarind and winter squash. Beans: Red dal, toor dal and adzuki. Meat: Fish, shrimp and chicken these are best taken in a form of a broth or stew as they are warm and good for AGNI which also increases Pitta which governs movement. The symptoms of too much Rajas in your diet with show itself in the form of lower emotions such as envy selfishness greed etc. If you feel hot-headed this a symptom of too much rajas and an indication to move back onto a Sattvic diet and keep up the mediation practice.
Once you feel like you have manifested that ‘idea’ into being and feel it’s time for a conclusion a very delicate inclusion of Tamas is called for in the form of more Kaphic orientated foods or garlic but this also has its drawbacks in excess with some emotional symptoms being that of anger, jealousy hate etc. These will be less prevalent in someone with a higher stage of Sattva and keeps up a practice that helps Sattva grow and flourish.
There are many herbs also that are sattvic in quality and which help the mind stay focused. Brahmi is one, it’s a water born plant which by its nature has relationship to flow and adaption. Intake of this plant daily during the conception of an idea is great for clarity.
As I have mentioned in another article (vibration is creation) the use of mantas while cooking food to increase their power is another method to bring the divine into our foods. AUM ING HRING SHRING KLING SHAMBOHA NAMAH is one which activates the healing qualities of our foods and one for learning is AUM ANG SARASWATI NAMAH.
This article is to demonstrate that our relation to our food is deeper than one may perceive and enables our life to be in Ebb or flow and influences our state of mind. Over the course of three months I felt the use of this model changed my life significantly and I hope it helps yours too.