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When possible, and especially when you are feeling blue, choose intelligent foods. Intelligent foods, in the Maharishi Ayurvedic perspective, are fresh, organic, GMO-free, pesticide-chemical free, tree- or vine-ripened foods. These foods contain the full measure of Ayurvedic nutritional value – nourishing not only the surface levels of mind and body, but their deepest levels as well.
This is a simple, powerful, time-tested Ayurvedic food insight that has been handed down for generations.
Favoring foods that are natural, fresh, organic and unprocessed
delivers more of nature’s intelligence and more balance to mind and
body. These intelligent foods are also digested easily and create “ojas.” Ojas
is the Ayurvedic master biochemical that creates bliss and supports
connectivity, or the experience of higher states of consciousness, along
with stable emotions and immunity.
Intelligent foods include organic milk, cloves, walnuts, pears,
coconut, soaked organic nuts, raisins and dates, panir (fresh cheese),
and Ayurvedic buttermilk. Ayurvedic buttermilk is better than yogurt or
lassi for lightening emotions, as it is a lighter drink that does not
increase Kapha. To make buttermilk, follow the simple recipe below. (Please note that Ayurvedic buttermilk is not the same as the buttermilk you buy in the store.) This delicious recipe helps restore the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract, thus helping digestion and assimilation.
- 1/4 c. fresh cold organic yogurt (For best results, use freshly-made
yogurt. To find out how to make your own yogurt, see the foods section
- 3/4 c. purified cold water (the temperature must be cold for this recipe to work)
- 1/4 t. cumin powder
- 1/4 t. coriander leaf (cilantro)
- 1 pinch of rock salt or sea salt
Place the freshly-made yogurt in the blender and blend for three to
five minutes. Add the cold water, and blend again on low for three to
five minutes. You will notice that a fatty foam has collected at the top
of the yogurt. Skim it off with a spoon and discard. Repeat the
blending and removing of the fatty foam if the yogurt remains thick,
white and solid. When the yogurt has become watery but still cloudy in
color, you have made buttermilk. Add the spices and stir by hand briefly
to mix the spices evenly. Serve at room temperature.
Spice Mixture for Emotional Balance
- 1 part ground black pepper
- 1 part ground dried ginger
- 2 parts ground coriander
- 3 parts ground cumin
- 2 parts ground turmeric
- 1 part crushed black cumin (for women only)
Mix the spices together and store in an airtight container. Sauté the
spices in a small amount of ghee to spice vegetables and grains.
Ayurveda’s Emotional Support
Ayurvedic experts say if you want to uplift your spirits, steer away
from eating processed junk foods, leftovers, and canned, frozen or
packaged foods. These foods don’t create ojas. Rather, they create ama, the sticky waste-product of incomplete digestion that blocks the body’s shrotas, or channels.
In Ayurvedic terms, this sticky waste product (ama) interferes with Sadhaka Agni,
blocking the communication between heart and mind, and allowing
negative emotions to be stored in the body instead of being released. If
the shrotas are clear and flowing, negative emotions are less likely to
overwhelm our being. Ayurveda also suggests avoiding the nightshade
family of vegetables, which includes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and
green, yellow and red peppers.
This is why Maharishi Ayurveda places such importance on digestion. The herbs in Organic Digest Tone
(Triphala Plus) cleanse toxins up to and including the fat tissue. You
can see that this is a much deeper effect than just cleansing the bowel.
It cleanses toxins from the nutrient fluid, the blood, the muscle and
the fat tissues if used for a long enough time.
Because it detoxifies the blood, muscle and fat tissues, it supports skin health. And because it removes ama from the fat tissue, Organic Digest Tone also helps balance body fats.
Organic Digest Tone can also help address any damage that has
occurred in the intelligence of nature that governs the transformation
from one tissue to the next. It is in the gap between the tissues that
the intelligence of nature operates, and if there is any damage, Organic
Digest Tone can help reset the chain to enable proper transformation of
one tissue to the next. That’s what makes it a very great Rasayana.
Also, it has two of the three major herbs contained in Maharishi Amrit Kalash, which is the most highly refined and rejuvenating Rasayana of all.
Ayurveda recognizes the importance of spice mixtures. These not only
satisfy the six Ayurvedic tastes, but they are also considered essential
for supporting balance in mind and body. There are three – one for each
of the three doshas (mind-body types).
Specific Ayurvedic herbal formulations also support balanced emotions. Stress Free Emotions supports natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. The herbs in Blissful Joy
nourish the mind-body connection and help remove toxins that can create
dullness or sadness. They do this by supporting the “memory” of bliss
in your cells, and balancing hormones that govern emotions. The herbs in
Worry Free simultaneously calm the nervous system while supporting mental clarity. They support more balanced reactions to stress.
In Ayurveda, diet is just one tool to support emotional health. Also
helpful are special herbal formulations, the daily practice of the
Transcendental Meditation® program, regular exercise, and a
life-supporting or sattvic home and work environment – all contribute to
good emotional health. Click here for more Ayurvedic tips on emotional health.