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The Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path- Ist part

1 post- year of realization 2014

The Buddhists follow Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path to the cessation of suffering. My take on food is very similar to the Buddhist practice albeit in the context of health and wellbeing.

Our body has a unique mechanism to transmit the signal to mind which in turn manifests the same in terms of symptoms or imbalances for our consideration. We ignore most of the time, and eventually reach the “diseased state”.

We are dealing with two feelings, the physical feeling and the psychological feeling.

We encounter many such symptoms for both the feelings, jointly or separately, on regular basis. Headache, loss of appetite, nausea, low energy, yawning, acid reflux, loose or tight motion, acnes, pimples, obesity, emaciation and many others. These are simply related with our diet and lifestyle, and the body continually grapples to contain the damage as long as possible, but one day gives up leading to various illnesses. Only if we have listened to our body, only if we cared to take remedial measures in time.

The hunger is a natural physical feeling and the ways to satiate the hunger is psychological one. The latter provides the choice, can be heathly as well as unhealthy. It can depend upon the mood of the day also. But what can we do to the craving, and how long can we ignore it? Is there a way to deal with such psychological demands with sanity and equanimity? How about meditating on the food and the likely impact of it in our life? Sometimes the solution is not that easy and forthcoming especially when confusion reigns in form of fads and practitioner of these nuevo fads.

The knowledge of being and eating healthy is only one part of the solution. Acting on the knowledge, the practice part is what brings us the state of health and wellbeing.

While visiting Alternative Medicine Doctors, I am often amazed to notice how soon can they detect the anomalies just by looking at eyes, tongue, nails or by feeling the pulse. Symptoms lead to root cause, and the treatment bolsters the immunity to deal with the imbalance naturally.

The Buddhists follow Four Noble Truth and Eight Fold Path to the cessation of suffering. My take on food is very similar to the Buddhist practice albeit in the context of health and wellbeing.

The Four Noble Truth

1) Every food has its own medicinal and therapeutic properties.

Even the bittergourd has many benefits which we ignore because it tastes bitter. Sometimes benefits are ignored because of our perceived notion about the ingredient. Such notion do not take away the fact that every ingredient exhibits certain properties and benefits in no uncertain terms.

2) Our survival depends upon food

Until we shift to distant planet and develop some alternate way of sustaining life, there is no denying the fact that we need air, water and food for our survival. Sometimes we are oblivious to their important role in our life, but we still need them every day to keep living. And sometimes we are to fussy to enjoy the offerings of the nature that even the survival becomes difficult. Food is the friend, the companion, not the opposite as the unidimensional studies suggest so from time to time. The total nourishment not only heal and nourish the physical realm but psychological and spiritual as well.

3) The choices are many, what we do with those choices is solely our responsibility.

I often come across people who jump from one food fad to another. Diet seems to have become a fashionable indulgence. The more complex it is the better recognition it seems to bring to that person in the developed countries. Only it seems, the truth is that person is getting stressed about the diet as it becomes monotonous after a while. Very recently I served a Vegan guest in Costa Rica who could not resist her temptation for slow cooked rare salmon and maple and mustard glazed chicken. Deprivation is not good, nor is fashionable diet which takes away nutrient laden ingredients and real food. And leaves us with anxiety and depression.

4) There is Eight Fold Path leading to better choices

When we look around we see suffering of many kinds. One kind is borne by the food we eat. Our likes and dislikes, and fads majorly contributes to food related stress. The true understanding of nourishment plays small part in comparison to our desire for good food. The nuances of good food may not be that good always, sometimes it is merely reinforcing our mental projection of rich and heavy food which we term as good. Understanding the Eight Fold Path and its practice brings the cessation of suffering and stress which results from our food choices.

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