Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thoughts: Ever wondered what the Buddha ate???
Well I did! Hehe and look what I found....(www.buddhatrance.com)
First, who is Buddha?
Buddha Skakyamuni was born as a royal prince in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini, which was originally in northern India but is now part of Nepal. Today in general, ‘Buddha’ means ‘Awakened One’, someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things as they really are. A Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. There are many people who have become Buddhas in the past, and many people will become Buddhas in the future….There is nothing that Buddha does not know. Because he has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and has removed all obstructions from his mind, he knows everything of the past, present, and future, directly and simultaneously. Moreover, Buddha has great compassion which is completely impartial, embracing all living beings without discrimination.
What did the Buddha eat?
Well… he surely ate good stuff, because at that time there were no pesticides, chemical preservatives and genetically engineered foods (a.k.a. Frankenfoods).
At that time there were also no refrigerators, nor airplanes. So he had to nourish himself with foods that were grown locally and according to the seasons.
That’s right. No pineapples and bananas, had the Buddha lived in Alaska. No buffalo meat, had he lived in Hawaii!
The Zen way of eating follows the cycles of nature and the universal laws of balance of the two opposite and complementary energies, known as Yin and Yang.
Here, you will be given general principles and guidelines as to what you can do to be in perfect harmony with your environment, which is the foundation of good health. That means, when your outer environment and the inner environment of your body are in resonance.
Disease is not an absolute state of being, rather a temporary condition of not being “at ease” with the surroundings (dis-ease).
Of course, times have changed and technology has offered us wonderful ways to improve our lifestyles. Today we do have refrigerators and airplanes that allow the exchange of goods over great distances – we have to take that into account.
However, if you understand the universal principles (beyond time and space) of harmony and balance, you will be able to use your good judgement and still make your own free choices.
That’s why it is preferable to think in terms of a “way of eating”, rather than a “diet”.
Eating in the “NOW” is simple and fun to do and it will bring your body and mind back to an optimal level of balance and healing.
Whole organic foods, mostly of vegetable quality, will purify the vibrational rate of your body. As a result, you will clear your mind.
All the ingredients listed in the recipes can be easily found at health food stores. You can also shop for fresh organic veggies at your local farmer’s market.
It is important to think of food as energy, rather than merely in terms of daily values, calories and percentages. This kind of information can be valuable, but if we fail to consider the “energetic” part of the food we intake, we miss an important part of the equation.
Because we are all “energetic” beings, whichever external energy enters our field, it will affect us one way or the other. By observing Nature we come to be aware of its energy patterns and start to recognize the cycles and correspondences and our place within them.
Are you ready to begin?
(check out this article on www.buddhatrance.com)
Challenges: I am certainly attached to certain foods, and I have the attitude like "I don't care where avocados, nectarines or cocoa powder are grown, I want them where ever I am in the world". It would be challenging for me to completely eat off the land where I am at. I found this challenging in India too because a lot of rice and beans and spices are grown there after 10 days of eating only that I was ready to head back to Australia and eat raw fresh fruits and vegetables.
Triumphs: I feel that eating whole organic foods, mostly raw vegetables and fruits have certainly purified the vibrational rate of my body. I want everyone to experience this also...if they choose, and why wouldn't you choose beaming with health, vitality, love and light?
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: A pear. Half a cucumber. An avocado.
Lunch: Cooked beans (lentils, butter beans, chick peas)
Dinner: A nectarine. A pear. A avocado. Indian, rice with spices and chilli and chick peas.
Dessert: Chocolate balls.
Snacks: an apple.
Exercise: 20 minute ab class, 20 minute bike ride, 15 minutes on the running machine while watching Brad and Angelina in "Mr and Mrs Smith", such a sexy film. Then the steam room. Nothing beats a great workout, great sweatout, and some great food. Mmmm mmmm the love and goodness going in the body...bliss.
231 days to go!