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What Macrobiotics Means to Me July 22, 2008

Filed under: What is Macrobiotics? — purecommunicationspr @ 2:37 pm

Macrobiotic Precepts – My Pillars of Practice

1. Intregration

Nature has her ways

Nature has her ways

When our emotional, spiritual and physical elements are out of kilter, it is manifested on the physical plane.

When we are out of balance on any of these levels, our physicality does not feel right somehow and this could manifest itself in a number of ways – aches, pains, fatigue. Or we might exhibit behaviours directed at making us feel better, such as eating more sweet deserts, or more fatty foods – comfort foods.

In the wider scheme of things, the macrobiotic diet and practice of a macrobiotic lifestyle integrates us with our environment, our society. We live in accordance to laws and needs of the larger world and find ourselves a valued, contributing member of our world. Respect for other living beings, human and animal, as well as the environment and the natural order is part of this.

Translation to macrobiotic practice:

• Minimising or avoiding meat consumption
• Avoiding genetically modified food, including vegetables cultivated with chemicals and steroids
• Eating traditionally, as our ancestors did, putting whole foods at the centre of our diet, with occasional consumption of fish and minimal consumption of chicken, poultry, beef, lamb and other red meat
• Cooking with natural gas or wood stoves, rather than electrical appliances
• Wearing natural fibres as opposed to artificial fibres

2. Yin and Yang

When we are more yin or more yang, our physical health is not optimal.

When our physical body is not in balance it makes it very difficult for us to remain centred and balanced in our thoughts and emotions. A strong yang condition e.g. too much meat, makes us very susceptible to anger, aggression, intolerance, impatience etc. A very yin condition makes us susceptible to being weak-willed, gullible, spineless, absent-minded and impractical.

When we are out of balance, we are unable to live optimally, or to live a large life. A lack of balance limits us.

Translation to macrobiotic practice:

• Eating foods at the centre of the yin/yang continuum, and avoiding extreme foods such as meat
• Balancing yin or yang foods according to health condition
• Balancing yin or yang foods according to climate

3. Gratitude

When we give thanks for our physical, emotional and spiritual condition (whether positive or negative), we recognize it, and begin to heal ourselves.

Besides diet, macrobiotics includes a whole way of living, including physical exercise, the diagnosis and natural healing of unbalanced physical conditions, a good balance in ecology and the environment, art, recreation and spirituality. For instance, one of its most important principles is appreciation or gratitude, which brings freedom and happiness.

Many rich people have been unhappy, depressed and even committed suicide. Macrobiotics encourages appreciating absolutely everything, including pain and disease. Why? Because experiences are our real teachers and they help us to see our weaknesses, so that we can take corrective action to get back into harmony with nature. Once we are in harmony with our environment, we are on a path towards natural healing.

Gratitude opens you to positive, healing energy; complaining in thoughts or words blocks and drains the flow of energy.

Translation to macrobiotic practice:

• Start each day with a prayer of gratitude for abundance in our lives
• Review each day our blessings
• Seek the way of peace when confronted with behaviour choices

Tranquility is a by-product of macrobiotics

Tranquility is a by-product of macrobiotics

5. Mindfulness

Being mindful and in the present means being in touch with our bodies, and learning to ‘hear’ what it needs.

Macrobiotics is living, eating, and taking care of yourself mindfully. We make our food choices consciously and thoughtfully. It is this deliberateness in planning and preparing our meals that keeps our awareness of balance in the forefront. Through a range of physical activity, including massage and exercise, we pay attention to breathing and body condition thus contributing to mindfulness.

Translation to macrobiotic practice

• Eat our food with mindfulness, concentrating on taste and chewing, as well as our body’s reaction to the food consumed.
• Prepare food with mindfulness, where slicing and chopping attains a rhythmic cadence

5. Empowerment

Macrobiotics is about giving individuals the power of choice, power over their health and well being.

The macrobiotic practice is a difficult one and sometimes, antisocial. But those who pursue it and commit to it find benefits beyond expectation. They eat more healthily, according to generally accepted health guidelines which emphasise more servings of vegetables and whole grains every. The success of the diet results in an empowered individual who is conscious of her strength, both of character, mind and heart. It underlines the power of the individual to choose a lifestyle that supports healthy mind, heart and bodies.

It takes the opposite approach to one where responsibility for health rests solely with doctors, rather than ourselves.

Translation to macrobiotic practice:

• Adjusting diet according to whether or not the body’s condition is yin or yang
• Employing macrobiotic home remedies
• Going to the root cause of illness and deploying a holistic healing approach rather than a purely confrontational approach which treats the symptoms

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