Can Food Chi improve our Moods?

Can garlic improve our mood and make us happy?  Can the food we eat affect our moods? Can choosing the right type of food help you correct imbalances in your body and improve your energy and state of mind?

Nature and all natural life on the earth is a “dynamic equilibrium” The changing of day time into night and back to day again is an example nature’s dynamic equilibrium. In truth the whole earth and universe have a constant rhythm of opposing but mutually dependent forces in which all can exist but which none can exist exclusively.Food Chi- Garlic

But what does all this have to do with garlic?  To achieve good health we also need to maintain a type of “dynamic equilibrium” in ourselves.  Our bodies are many parts of the whole- where all can function but not independently of the other parts. So how do we live in harmony and gain dynamic equilibrium in our bodies and live according to the natural laws of the earth and universe?  We can start by understanding how to consume our food not only for pleasure and sustenance but as a medicine to correct the imbalances of these opposing forces when they go awry.

If we look at the yin and yang of food chi we find that garlic is a warming food which increases yang in the body. If one is sad or depressed the body is likely in a yin state. Adding a yang food will gradually balance the over abundance of yin and help shift your mood to a more hopeful, cheerful frame of mind.

When food is looked at this way it can be used as healing agents to correct excess yin or yang conditions in the body which also can influence our mental chi and restore our moods back to a more positive yin –yang balance.

 

The Happy Impractical Heart

The two essential parts of the soul that almost always seems to be in opposition are the head and the heart.The head is the analytical member of the soul devoid of most feeling s and just tends to looks at the cold hard facts. But the heart is the feeling part of one ‘s spirit and is also part of the soul which often takes back seat to what the brain thinks is best for us.

No matter how impractical my brain told my ideas were, deep down I still yearned do to the things my heart really desired.  My head is fiercely practical but I make it a point to try to make time for all to those things that my heart always desired to do.  As I  began to do this I found i was able to tune into and live for my spirit.

For many of us, the things we wish we could do are those things that deep down that make us feel truly happy.  We may find that our happiness from achieving success could also mean feelings of personal freedom or creativity or even feelings of recognition, pride and satisfaction.  Psychologists call these “core” feelings and pursuing them give us a sense of self worth. Our souls are constantly seeking opportunities and relationships that help us to develop core feelings even though we may not always realize it.Heart of nature

During the day take 10 minutes to sit quietly and engage yourself in considering different areas of your life which are important to you such as, career, money, family, friends, home, health, travel, etc.  Look at or remember events or situations when you had a sense of vitality and joy.  Which feelings were the most uplifting and positive for you? What were you doing when you felt them? Now, when making your goals, look at it from the perspective of the heart and ask yourself, what do I need to do to create a situation so that I can experience these feelings all the time?

As I started to do this on a regular basis I found that my choices led to more fulfilling activities and before I knew it, I was on my way to transforming my life into the one I always wanted but always thought was too impractical or a “waste of time”.

Now when I look at my goals, the plan for them becomes more meaningful and is helping me to achieve a more true purpose for my spirit and soul. The mutual goal making between the head and the heart has led me to a happier state of mind which is now calmer, less stressed out and now more willing to give the heart equal consideration in the decision making process.