Enlightenment is something that we often think of as taking time to develop and we may accept the opportunity rather willingly, only to later be stumped by the challenge that it isn’t always as easy as we initially thought. The road to enlightenment however doesn’t need to be as difficult as it first seems…
Every moment, every breath, every action we take is directly related to where we are going in the future. The path to enlightenment therefore is dependent on our daily actions: finding inner peace through the act of meditation, prayer or mindfulness being highly notable in their intentions.
Doing acts of kindness on a regular basis can help to instill a sense of selflessness and enable us to give back to the community in a way that goes beyond our own needs and is instead about helping others. In doing so we are intentionally avoiding adding any more karma into our lives.
It goes without saying that eating the right foods can help us to also become more spiritually attuned with our bodies and through raising our energetic vibrational frequencies, we can start to attract and feel more in line with the energy resonating inside of us.
We want to be mindful of what we are eating and to choose foods that are made of less elements overall. Many foods consist of elements such as air, water and nutrients from the earth.
When we consume them, they are coming into our bodies and joining with our cells – effectively becoming our future physical selves. It goes without saying that this undoubtedly has an impact on our spiritual selves too. The body we reside in needs to be a clear channel for the spirit if we want to become more aware and attuned to these subtle energies inside us.
Eating the right types of food and being mindful of every morsel we place in our mouths can go a long way towards helping us to find that peaceful place we’ve been seeking. Below is a list of the best foods to eat on the road to enlightenment…
7 Energetic Foods For Enlightenment
1. Raw fruits and vegetables. The more green, leafy vegetables and raw fruits that you can eat in their original form the better. Raw foods eaten as nature intended are rich in naturally occurring enzymes and nutrients that the body can easily use to replenish itself.
2. Quinoa. This edible seed crop grown from a grain genus is a complete protein and a great replacement for wheat and other starchy grains. Quinoa is a great source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. Plus Vitamins B, E and dietary fibre. Anyone who wants to avoid grains should consider adding quinoa into their diet instead as it is more nourishing to the body.
3. Sprouted Grains. Unlike whole grains or refined flours, sprouted grains contain nutrients that are absorbed immediately by the body but are not lost in the digestive process. Sprouting the grains increases both the amount and bioavailability of the key nutrients. Sprouted buckwheat is believed to help with decreasing blood pressure, while sprouted rice is rich in fiber and a good source of iron. Sprouted brown rice is believed to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, while preventing the formation of cancerous cells according to a 2011 article published in the “Journal of Food Science and Technology.”
4. Nuts and Seeds. These could help with preventing disease due to their ability to reduce inflammation inside the body and reduce the risk of heart disease according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Walnuts and flax seeds also contain alpha-linolenic acid (a type of omega 3 fatty acid) that can help to maintain brain function and nourish red blood cells, helping to fight excess inflammation. A diet containing nuts and seeds can help to promote an anti-inflammatory body and this is essential for clarity and peace of mind.
5. Legumes. These are a nutrient dense food that is low-fat and a high source of protein, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Legumes are also an excellent form of antioxidant compounds. As they contain all nine essential amino acids they are a complete protein source meaning they are a great replacement for whole grains that can promote inflammation within the body amongst other undesirable effects.
6. Coconut Oil. This can improve blood cholesterol levels but they do not harm the blood lipid profile – as they raise the good cholesterol levels and change the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype. The medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats. This can help you to burn more fat in the long term. It can also kill harmful microorganisms that can otherwise contribute to candida and other yeast infections. As coconut oil can help to provide anti-inflammatory benefits it is also beneficial for promoting a healthy body.
7. Water. H20 has many health benefits and as our bodies are mostly made up of water, it is necessary to replenish the cells regularly with this vital natural substance. Drinking enough water can help to support energy levels, prevent dehydration and boost brain function. It can prevent and even treat headaches, relieving constipation and helping to treat kidney stones. Water is cleansing and can eliminate toxins from inside the body and this is why it’s the number one liquid to consume if you want to maintain good health and a clear mind.
Anyone looking to improve their meditation to achieve enlightenment should consider drinking more pure water (preferably filtered) instead of having teas or coffees which can be more stimulating – and sometimes counterproductive when it comes to finding inner peace.
In Ayurveda the emphasis is on a pure sattvic diet that consists of foods from the above categories. This is important if you want to keep your mind clear, happy and to ultimately obtain inner peace in the long term.