Ahimsa: yoga in food.

Ahimsa and food.

Fashion we are living in the West and that leads to the practice of yoga, meditation, pilates, tai chi and other arts of relaxation (due, most likely, the level of stress to which we subject our day to day), has been accompanied Sanskrit terms whose meaning transcends not always, but this time his seems to be gaining strength.

Although, as we said, ahimsa is the absence of damage, to hate, to do evil or kill any living being and in any direction, has claimed here greater relevance to food and protest the mistreatment inflicted the animals are used for food, leaving aside its inter – human aspect.

However, before proceeding with the food, we will refer briefly to avoid damaging it, hate or do evil (I delete kill and I understand that nobody here kills equal) to others; as we will talk about ahimsa , food and its benefits, it should also be stopped in ahimsa and our interpersonal relationships .

Practice ahimsa as a philosophy of life brings respect others in word and action, not generate hatred or negative feelings for each other despite their attitudes to desagradarnos, annoy , or worse, hurt us in some way.

Ahimsa means to be patient, let things flow, accept what life presents us as an insurmountable reality and, above all, actively respect others, to love, to be gentle and transmit good vibrations generated within us because of the practice of ahimsa (some Christian sounds this speech?).

We continue with ahimsa and food, although we will later refer to the vegetarian or vegan diet, ahimsa in food does not have to be necessarily not eat animals (ideal, but not the only). Ahimsa is try to give our body what it needs, which asks us and what we want, but always taking care that is being the body which we demand that nutrient and not our human, confused and imperfect mind.

We should note that the human body is a cuasiperfecta machine, if we learn to listen and decipher their language , we can come to understand what you are asking us when we ask, and to give fruit or bread when we ask for sugar, give lentils if we asks iron or give water when thirsty. In this regard we must consider two facts that prevent feeding as we should be:

  1. We do not speak the same language as our body. It is bad not understand correctly what happens to us, it is normal; we must consider that most of us are not doctors or nutritionists and may not know correlate symptoms with gaps (in fact, sometimes not know how to identify symptoms).
  2. Our brain does not always want to collaborate in this task. Sometimes anxiety, stress, nervousness or even happiness and joy, we generated mixed feelings we ended up identifying as follows: “What a frustration! I feel like a palm tree chocolate! “(How?). Since when frustration get hungry? Oh wait! That is not hungry! They want to be happy and you know that chocolate will put your brain to produce happiness (will produce the substance that actually generates happiness).

Our communication with our body is so poor that most of us know not identify what we include in our diet and what we get out of it, but hey here we go, willy – nilly we remain healthy and vigorous. Well.Ahimsa goes far beyond staying healthy, ahimsa looking for a spiritual welfare above all. Let’s continue.

Is it necessary to bring a vegetarian diet?

Yes and no. As we have seen, the monks who studied and spread this term (I’ll stop repeating the wordahimsa because I think I’ve written as 1,000 times) they stressed the need not to inflict injury or death to any living being and, therefore, be a vegetarian was something basic and essential: if you were very good, but you ate animals, your nonviolence would not work at all, the karma negative accumulate and end upsuffering the same corresponding misfortunes.

At that time it was allowed to eat dairy products, understand that the treatment was given to cows, goats and sheep was very different from that given today, so now that non-violence extends to veganism.Theoretically should not eat any animal products, because that animal, necessarily, has been to produce it.

However, as I stated at the beginning, there is evidence that in some cultures flesh was accepted as anoffering if the animal had not been killed for this offering … I personally sounds a little weird, for example, I’m a vegetarian, does anyone understand He says something like, “I made for my husband cooked Madrid, but as is already done, because I also like”? (Ein?) In other words, you promote nonviolence in order not to accumulate harmful karma, you’re talking about animal suffering we eat with their flesh and, immediately afterwards, you eat a leg of ham because they have not killed the pig for you? It sounds to me to corruption (I laugh alone philosophizing, what a comic!).

But we return to the other and not the principle of this point.

People who carry a vegetarian diet advocate that itself is basic when it comes to practice non – violence , because from a subtle and energetically understand that eating animal flesh causes in people turbulent emotions, it will, spite, jealousy and other passionate behavior due to energy transmission of fear, pain, fear and violence suffered by the animal in question (spiritual vegetarians believe that, not so spiritual simply do not want to benefit from the suffering of anyone, your fellow Earth nonfood and that’s it).

However, from the point of subtle and energetic view, we can find other ways to practice nonviolencewith ourselves and with regard to food, as can be to practice mindful eating, worry about our requirements, eat healthier, etc. .

That is, from my point of view staff , I can convey what I feel and what reasons lead me to my to be vegetarian, but under no circumstances could sentence that an omnivorous not can practice their ownnon – violence in their own way, and why do I say this? For a vegetarian smoking, practice non – violenceto animals, but does not practice nonviolence himself, ergo , vegetarianism is not the key.

And what is the key ahimsa in food?

The key is to respect ourselves and, based on that respect, all other decisions and attitudes we take will become less violent and more positive for us.

Here is a series of basic rules that must be considered for the practice of ahimsa and who have nothing to do with the vegan or vegetarian diet.

  • Be careful with yourself. Take care. Be kind and gentle at lunchtime, in the treatment of food, preparing food, and respect the time and space of the activity of eating.
  • Seek balance . Search always improve, but without obsessions; if the practice of nonviolence will mean doing violence to your peace of mind, not worth.
  • Give your body what it needs . It is very important to know our nourishments requirements and our needs as a person, not only to cover the necessary amount of macro and micronutrients, but to give us what emotional need: tea on a rainy afternoon, a beer with friends, a fruit juice , etc.
  • Not be restricted . Increase the restrictions we impose normally is very negative, if we understand that we must restrain ourselves in one or another aspect, the ideal is to work our desires and try to improve or change those tastes or desires. Never ban is the way.
  • No intoxication . Closely related to the next point, the fact of not intoxicate our body involves not overdo the quantity. If we want to drink alcohol, we should know at what time the body begins to suffer, for example. [The same applies to creams and makeup, but that’s another topic.]
  • Do not exceed or fall short . It means not eating more, but no less. Drinking plenty of water is very good, but if you exceed the recommended amount could have negative consequences on your body (what it is impossible to believe?).
  • Consciousness practices in food. This is to pay attention to food when we eat, try to enjoy it, be aware of its temperature, taste, smell, etc. No one does this and is a basic aspect to cope with diet and regimes.
  • Learn to recognize feelings of hunger and satiety . It is very, very important to learn to recognize what is hunger, what thirst, what is satiety, etc. If we confuse these calls will be giving flying blind .

Ahimsa in your day to day.

Well, here ahimsa and food , which can be understood as yoga in food . To finish this week’s article I refer to how to practice ahimsa very easily in our day to day, apart from implementing it in food.

How can we understand nonviolence as promoting spirituality within us, then I have compiled seven tips (extracted from Pinterest) to work our spirituality and inner well being:

  1. Ritual morning. It may be 10 or 15 minutes of yoga burn, a quick shower with plenty of hydration, a leisurely coffee reading a book, anything you can think of and that makes you feel good. This point brings up before, I know, but it’s very good to have some quiet in the morning, maybe we can take 10 minutes to project what we want for our day or what tasks we will, etc.
  2. Take care of your skin. Normally we do not give importance to this issue, but exfoliate and moisturize your skin regularly facilitates the exchange of energy between us and the environment around us. It is also important to have the habit of desmaquillarnos, let our free nail paint occasionally, use mild cosmetics and perfume not abuse.
  3. Consciousness to eat. We have said =).
  4. Eat good fats and sweets.  Fats have a serious stigma we speak, it is not bad eating fat, fat is good for the skin, hair, nails, heart, etc. Our bodies need fat. However, not just any kind of fat, eat more nuts, more avocado and olive oil. This all very rich and satiated much. [The same goes with sweets, opt for to provide nutritientes.]
  5. Enjoy the silence . This can be very complicated, but your spirituality grow rapidly if you managed every day or every so often a moment of relaxation in silence, without music, no TV, no people, etc.An encounter with ourselves always positive!
  6. I am grateful . No more. I am grateful to you, your family, with friends, with your work, with the means that you have, your refrigerator, your couch, your bed, your clothes, your books, with everything! Thanks very to life that you are who you are because you are a unique, unique and wonderful human being! (Applies to all my readers.)
  7. Corrects your posture . As already mentioned here, back pain worsen our quality of life and we must fight them . In addition a relaxed posture, relax; an upright posture, improves our self -esteem; correct working posture, improved our performance. Everything are advantages!

And finally! I hope you enjoyed this little lesson about the Sanskrit word ahimsa , its origin and meaning, its possible aspects, my personal opinion and tips to implement it easily into your everyday life , both in food ( you’re a vegetarian or not) as in other aspects of your life.

Best wishes for this beautiful (and rainy in Madrid) passing day and what a very happy weekend!


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