The Essence of Ayurevdic Cooking
STEP 1. Take time to rest your mind. All
great teachers, including Christ, the Dalai Lama, Krishna,
Buddha, and Socrates taught the importance of resting the
mind deeply. Why…one may ask? The mind, which is filled
with innumerable thoughts, worries, cares, and desires every
day, becomes burdened and dull over time. Energy begins
to dissipate from the mind and body, and life begins to
lose meaning. In coming to a state of rest, to a place of
silence, the mind suddenly feels fresh. In this state, one
sees the beauty of all existence that it is blissful and
How does one do this? If you are asking this question,
you are already a seeker. Take time to meditate each day.
Meditation is not thinking, concentrating, or trying to
empty the mind. It is a natural settling of the mind to
its source- to a reservoir of stillness and deep rest. Meditation
begins when you stop trying to meditate. It is always recommended
to learn from a teacher and to then make it a discipline
and pleasure. You will immediately begin releasing deep
rooted stress and strain, thus alleviating the root cause
of a staggering 80% of all diseases.
STEP 2. Exercise your body at least 3
times a week. Doing Yoga postures tones and recharges every
organ in the body, while releasing toxins and stagnation,
and keeping the joints flexible. Yoga is also great for
improving digestion, deepening sleep, and for decreasing
STEP 3. Prepare and eat your food lovingly.
We are all made from food and will also return to food one
day. Buy, grow, and consume fresh, vibrant foods that make
you feel healthy and vital. Also favor organic, local foods
whenever possible and eat in accordance with Nature’s
Ayurveda also recommends using all the six tastes in your
meals each day- namely: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent
(spicy) and Astringent (dry) tastes. An ancient Vedic saying
also says: “Never let anyone cook for you who doesn’t
love you.” Love is always the most important ingredient!
STEP 4. Give your body a rest from eating
now and again. For one day each month, try eating just fruit
or drinking herbal teas or fruit juices. This is an excellent
way to give the digestive system a break and to cleanse
the internal organs. Helpful cleansing teas include dandelion,
triphala, and pau d’arco. Eating light foods with
digestive spices like ginger, fennel, coriander and cardamom
is also a good way to cleanse the body and tissues. You’ll
feel like a million bucks afterwards!
STEP 5. Early to bed and early to rise!
It’s the first principle of Ayurveda, and a wonderful
way to immediately align yourself with the rhythms of Nature.
STEP 6. Clear negative emotions regularly.
Forgive yourself and others and let go of anger, blame and
resentment—it only hurts you. Write a letter
expressing anger, sadness, hurt, fear, what you really want
and what you appreciate. Life is a reflection of your inner
world, so remember to polish the mirror regularly! Go to
a movie and cry, go into Nature and shout, scream or jump
up and down- anything to release the negative or stagnant
STEP 7. Always remember to love yourself.
Treat yourself like a precious jewel and work to discover
your own inner nature and personal blueprint for health.
Go for a swim in the ocean, book a massage, participate
in cleanse, walk barefoot in the dew, dance naked, start
painting- surprise yourself by doing something out of the
STEP 8. When you meet someone, always
offer upliftment, rather than spreading bad news, gossip
or negativity. Give someone a hug, make them laugh, or tell
them how good they look. Spreading happiness is infectious.
Remember…laughter is the best medicine!
STEP 9. Replace negative thoughts with
positive ones (this takes some practice!) Just remember,
repetition is the mother of skill. Patanjali, a great sage
who lived 8000 years ago, and author of the original Yoga
Sutras, says: “The moment the mind begins to entertain
doubt, negativity or fear, one should immediately entertain
STEP 10. Imagine good things happening
to you. Write down goals, live life expressively, and fill
your house with flowers, music, and anything that brings
you inspiration and joy. Accept and expect all that is good
in life-- inner and outer—and live in the moment as
much as possible. Also, discover your role in life- what
makes you passionate and enthusiastic. This is called your
dharma or purpose- that which expresses your uniqueness…your