Nourish Your Body, Balance Your Mind
As I reflect upon the health crisis now facing us, I keep pondering on the concept that there are ancient healing practices that help people to maintain the health and happiness of the mind-body and spirit, if only they were understood and practiced we would ultimately discover the secret to health and happiness.
I believe that each and every one of us has the innate wisdom to feel good, and I know from experience that the pathway to health and well being is not out of our reach. We need three components to sustain ourselves in any endeavor – desire to do something, the knowledge to have a clear understanding of why your are doing it, and the practical strategies to carry out your intentions.
We don’t have the time to wait until the food chain is chemical free or, the groundwater is purified, and the air is once again free from contaminants. To restore our health, we must initiate the change ourselves, taking responsibility for the nourishment and rejuvenation of our body and mind. Cultivating a systematic practice guided by scientific knowledge is the fuel that enables this to happen.
When I introduce students to these concepts, I am always amazed to see how quickly their enthusiasm for live grows and how they grasp the underlying philosophical concepts. Even more astonishing are their emotional reactions-their hunger to better understand themselves, their immediate response to wanting to feel better, their trust in themselves that they have the ability to change.
What seemed to be overwhelming before and impossible to overcome no longer is a mystery. The unknown comes into reality when they see and feel the energy forces within their own body, mind, and spirit. When you begin to gain a sense of their innate capabilities and potential. This is our birthright as a human being.
The knowledge of the body and mind complex is essential to tread the path of practice. We come to understand that this complex needs proper nourishment to function optimally.
According to ancient medical science, nourishment comes to our mind and body from three sources.
Energy derived from our food and drink, which once digested is transformed into the vital energy which feeds our brain and all of our cells.
Energy derived from the air we breath, we call this prana or chi or Qi, is taken into the Lung, where it is synthesized and converted into the energy which gives us our ability to focus and vitalize our entire life.
Energy derived from healthy, nourishing relationships, which is taken into the Heart where it is then converted into our happiness health.
The three energies from the Hara-Head-and Heart support our immune system as well as all our organ systems in the body, brain and mind.
Following practical nutritional principles, learning to breath with balance and understanding how to remove the obstacles that create the delays to your dreams and passions is the secret to a long, happy and healthy life.
Herewith some general nutrition guidelines to get you on the path of practice to feeling good.