In continuation to my last post Meditation : Gayatri Mantra, I had a lot of time to think on what can affects our mind, our thoughts, our behavior, our actions. Of course, there are external factors. However, as an individual we can take care of our minds. One major factor I came across was food.
In Ayurveda, it is said that ‘Food is Medicine’. This came true for me last year, since I happened to visit an Ayurvedic doctor for my back pain and was advised to not eat certain healthy food. On further research, I found that food can influence your thoughts. In Ayurveda, they have differentiated body types as Vata, Pitta, Kapha and mental personalities Sattvic ( Optimistic, Happy and Peaceful), Rajasic (Dynamic, Restless and Self-centered), Tamasic (Less Intelligent, Depressed and Lazy)
Food is Medicine
It is when I came to know that human body needs diet to balance all three body types and mentally human needs to be Sattvic which is considered as finest personality compared to Tamasic and Rajasic. Being a human we know that we are not perfect. But it is good to know how to achieve Sattvic personality.
Sattvic foods are fresh and easily digestible, which naturally increases energy. It was advised to have Cow’s milk, ghee, cooked vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, natural sugars like jaggery, honey etc., different types of oils and whole wheat and grains. Even in scriptures, it is written to take Sattvic foods.
This is one of the way to make our body and mind light. Mind will be peaceful and happy. However, it should be noted that only food alone will not make our mind sattvic. The mind needs to be tamed by meditation, reading good books for positive thoughts and selfless services.