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THE COSMIC FOOD CONNECTIONNNN

CHAKRA….hmm… I gave up studying hindi in school in class 9th….but without a doubt, I’m sure even those who barely managed to pass Hindi would surely know that “CHAKRA” means “wheel or circle or disc” and is a word derived from Sanskrit.

What only some of you would know, we also have a total of seven chakras in our body, six of which are stacked in the form of a column of energy, extending from the base of the spine to the centre of the forehead. While the seventh chakra is beyond the physical region, each chakra is like an energy centre- a centre of activity that receives, assimilates and expresses life force energy.

  

                                

I don’t want to go on jabbering about Chakras, what I was fascinated by was that not only spirituality, meditation, ayurveda are related to the chakras, nutrition is too. Ever heard of “Spiritual Nutrition”? Well, I just came across the term and it is used to suggest that the colour of specific fruits and vegetables augments the flow of subtle energy to the respective chakras represented by these colours. (eg: red coloured foods are beneficial for the root or muladhara chakra and organs associated with this area.)

 

 

You know, the Taoist philosophy of the Chinese culture also advocates a balance in the foods we eat in terms of the yin and yang, acid and alkaline respectively. It’s no secret that some foods have a feel good factor, doing wonders to relieve stress!

Nutrition is as important as any other activity which helps keep the chakras happy eg: meditation ( hence also giving the body pleasure).Through eating or ingestion of food we feed ourselves the food borne off the earth – the first chakra element. So, atleast from now on make it a point to eat well and eat healthy (read nutritiousJ) for a stronger base!

Going beyond that, every food supposedly has certain vibration qualities which roughly correspond to the following chakra levels: 

  • Chakra One – MOOLDHARA : Meats and Vegetable proteins – most physically oriented food, protein is important for the structural tissue associated with the first chakra. Meat takes longer to digest and because it stays for long in the gut, it limits or dominates energy that might otherwise flow to the upper chakras. However, all proteins are beneficial for grounding, keeping in sync with the body. Excess nonetheless, is “tamasic”.
  •  Chakra Two – SWADHISTHANA : Liquids Mainly points to water and other liquids which help cleanse the body of toxins and unwanted salts.
  • Chakra Three – NABHI : Starches Starches (preferably from  whole grains not refined starches) are easily converted to usable energy. Simple sugars and refined starches, though quickly absorbed, could adversely affect the health of the third chakra.
  • Chakra Four – ANAHATA : Vegetables – A product of plants, vegetables trap vital sun energy and a good balance from earth,air, fire(sun) and water. These foods are a product of Cosmic and Earth processes in natural balance, reflecting the balanced nature and neutrality of the heart chakra.(In the Chinese system, these are neither yin nor yang.)
  • Chakra Five – VISHUDDHI : Fruits – Fruit energy is rapidly absorbed, leaving energy free to travel to the upper chakras. Since ripe fruits fall to the ground naturally without requiring killing of any plant to harvest them, they are placed high on the food chain.
  • Chakras Six and Seven – AGNYA and SAHASRARA – These higher chakras have to do more with mental states than bodily processes. Though certain substances like marijuana or psychedelic drugs are known to affect these centres….in relation to food, fasting is the closest to appeasing the higher chakras.

Don’t let all this send your mind into a swirl (chakkarrr ie:!)…just as every positive charge has a negative somewhere to balance it out and for every yin there’s a yang….to obtain a balance between your chakras, maintain a balance in the diet. As simple as that! J

 

References:

 Managing Stress: Principles and strategies for health and well-being – Brian Luke seaward 

Wheels of Life –users guide to the chakra system – Anodea Judith.

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July 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm 2 comments


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