We Are What We Eat
According to Ayurveda, the food that is eaten is divided threefold. The gross part becomes excrement. The middle part becomes flesh. The subtle part becomes the mind…
The water that is drunk is divided threefold. The gross part becomes urine. The middle part becomes blood. The subtle part becomes the life force.
The subtle part is the taste of food and drinks that feeds our mind and feelings.
|Sweet taste creates:||in proportion love and satisfaction
in excess desire, attachment, need, passivity
|Salty taste creates:||in proportion mental ease
in excess mental rigidity, greed, addiction
|Sour taste creates:||in proportion mental activity
in excess envy, regret, resentment
|Pungent taste creates:||in proportion ambition, motivation
in excess hate, anger, jealousy, aggression
|Bitter taste creates:||in proportion mental clarity, insight
in excess grief, disillusionment
|Astringent taste creates:||in proportion optimism, well-being
in excess fear
The six tastes are the flavors of our emotions as well as our food. The Sanskrit word rasa means, among the other things, both “taste” and “emotion”. That suggests that taste and emotion are identical forces on different planes of experience that taste is to body what emotion is to the mind (you can read more about how food affects mood and vice versa in “Ayurvedic healing” by D. Frawley).
TODAY’S TIP: Ayurveda allows us to use diet and herbs to counteract mental states and emotional problems.