unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have
into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a
meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into
a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings
peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
~ Melody Beattie
got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've
got to keep on watering it. You've got to really look
after it and nurture it."
- John Lennon
than being a fixed or limited regime, eating
macrobiotically is as flexible and varied as the
world itself. - Aveline Kushi
You have the possibility to enjoy each moment.
Look at the trees and plants that you see around you.
They are the ones that made it. They came from the
wisdom of the seed that grew. There were other seeds
that didn't grow. They were in the same place as the
trees you see, but they didn't take. You can be a
seed that grows.
The whole world around us is made from what grew,
not what didn't. Don't pay attention to what isn't.
Pay attention to what is. So, what is?
In the middle of our pain, our suffering, we have
this life, this body. In the middle of all that, there
is the breath that is coming in and out. We need to
pay attention to that, to what is, not to the time
that has passed. That's gone.
We don't have the time that hasn't come yet, either.
We only have today. Tomorrow will come, and what will
happen then? A breath will come and then another breath
will come. The coming and going of this breath is
the gift. It's not about what's gone; it's about appreciating
this life, one breath at a time.
It's about you "your life" not the life
of the other people around you. It's just about you.
"To be a student of life means, first of
all, to create a space amidst the jungle of ideas
that surrounds us. When that space is created then
you can learn."
Every school of thought, or spiritual path, starts with
an enlightening experience that shows aspects of reality
that were hidden until that moment. As time passes the
experience fades, and knowledge remains. After a longer
time, even knowledge ages, loses its contact with reality,
and dogma arises.
If we wish to avoid that eventuality, or at least to
delay it as long as possible, it is essential that we
strive to keep
in touch with reality. And we know very well that the
most painful experiences are the most useful ones, with
to keeping us aware and alert.
Believing that we know how to stay healthy, how to prevent
and cure any sickness, and that because of that
we must become leaders of the new world and save the
Humanity from the dangers in which it lives, would be
We are expression of earth, and of life -
not separate individuals only. We cannot get enough
away from the earth to see the earth and ourselves
as separates. We move with its great movements and
our growth is part of its great growth.
The practicality of Macrobiotics is that it can
be practiced by anyone, anywhere, every day. It
does not require a special time taken from everyday
life to practice it. It is an integral part of everyday
life. For these reasons, it is the ultimate self-improvement
How to be healthy and happy? By understanding what
life in this universe is all about. How to understand
this complex universe? By reducing everything into
yin and yang. Doing so gives us a framework, a point
This can be extremely useful. And fascinating.
The aim of macrobiotics is to cure the illnesses
of the soul; but for that, physical illnesses cannot
cure. It is after the work of the soul that we can
absorb correct foods; and it is this soul that cures
illnesses.You have understood that it is not macrobiotics
that cures, but the understanding of the philosophy.
It is not rice or gomasio, but the attention of our
mind that gives us will, and recovery occurs within
a few days.
Macrobiotics is not a fad or trend, it's a fundamental
and traditional way of living. Many people think
of Macrobiotics as a radical theory or an extreme
diet. However, this is not accurate. Some people think
the practice of Macrobiotics is simply a trend. But
Macrobiotics is not a fad or trend, it's a basic traditional
way of living, providing fundamental principles of
how to live in harmony with nature.
it comes to nutrition there are no easy answers.
Educating oneself in nutrition is a never-ending endeavor,
and cyberspace offers a unique opportunity to learn
about the latest nutrition trends and research available."
Rick Hall, MS, RD
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine,
but will interest his patients in the care of the
human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention
world is filled with powerful and effective traditions
of health and healing.
If we are to create a thorough understanding of the
dynamics of health we must learn from many sources.
There is no culture or system which has the final answers.
Education is the act of drawing out the truth.
The Latin word educare, means to grow or bring forth.
Education involves open inquiry, patience, experimentation,
honesty, and the ability to know you don't know.
The opposite of this process is indoctrination. Indoctrination
is putting in - not drawing out.
It is an imposing of information, not a search for
truth, it empowers the teacher not the student.
without practice is useless, and practice without philosophy
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's
chains, but to live in a way that respects and
enhances the freedom of others.
When it comes to food always remember that mass
popularity equals lowest quality.
"One grain, ten thousand grains."
For every seed the Earth receives, it returns thousands
Nature operates according the principles of "one
grain, ten thousand grains"
For every seed, the Earth receives, it returns thousands.
Nature is forever productive, and infinitely diverse.
In the practice of genetic engineering, ten thousand
seeds are sacrificed for every one that comes to market,
or "from ten-thousand grains, come one grain."
Originally, the heirloom seeds that sustained humanity
over the centuries cost nothing; they were given freely
by nature. Each genetically engineered seed cost $300
million to bring to market.
We now face a choice between two opposite views of
life, one natural, the other artificial. The earth
and happiness of all species, could well depend upon
which of these two path we choose.
"your body is precious. It is your vehicle
for awakening. Treat it with care"
|Peace a new solution to
an old problem.- Prem Rawat -
offers inspiration and a message of hope that each breath
can be a source of joy see www.tprf.org
Macrobiotics is a practical approach to diet; it
has philosophical richness; it is scientifically sound;
it is socially responsible; it is humanly compassionate,
environmentally sound. A diet centered around whole
grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit benefits our personal
health & the health of the environment. Planetary
ecology begins in the kitchen."
Sean Egan Professor at Ottawa University,
Compassion sets in and this "thing"
macrobiotics becomes alive. It is not a narrow-minded
way of eating, a Japanese cult, an exclusive sect,
or just for the sick. It's life as it is, in its fullest
expression of the soul, the individual and the collective
one, with an opportunity to
express itself, to be present in all our doings, and
in all the ways we manifest ourselves.
There is no good or bad. Once something is being
expressed, it is always an expression of our soul.
It's the source of creative life, endlessly powerful,
always giving, always available, and
capable of creating and sharing love.
The soul knows no limitations of language, culture,
race, religion, and personal preference. Once in motion,
we allow ourselves to be as individual as we can be,
yet no separation is created. The uniqueness of individuality
becomes the binding power and we not only have no
inhibitions to acknowledge each other, we are compelled
to do it, naturally, without thinking, here and now.
There are so many things that modern people don't
We don't know what food is.
We don't know where food comes from.
We don't know what fire is.
We don't know where fire comes from.
We don't know how to create a fire.
We don't know what a shelter is.
We don't know what it is to live without a shelter,
we don't know how to make our own shelter.
We really don't know what our clothing is. Most of
us have no experience in creating clothing or knowing
how to turn cloth into clothing.
We don't know what it is to go from one place to another
without using machinery.
We don't know how to walk.
We don't know how to make ourselves well if we're
This is all stuff that's been said over and over,
but it strikes me so strongly, how little we know
about these very simple basic things. -
- Duncan Sim East West Journal Interview, July 1977
|Regardless of who the father
of a disease is, surely its mother is improper diet.
- old Chinese proverb -
three things which build and maintain civilisation through
Pure air, pure water, pure food
And as an eternal truth I say unto you ,that there are
three things that bring the end of civilisation,even
the mightiest that have ever been and shall ever be
,from the beginning less beginning to the endless of
all time .
Impure air impure water impure food
|To see a World in a grain
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour."
healing force within each of us is the greatest force
in getting well.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
When we see the sun and moon, the sky and stars,
mountains and rivers, seas and forests, fields and
valleys, birds and animals, and all the wonders of
nature, let us remember that we have come with them
all from the infinite universe. Let us be thankful
for our environment on earth and live in harmony with
all that surrounds us.
The most important thing you can teach anyone is
to think for yourself when making a decision about
diet and lifestyle.
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch yours words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny
"You already have the precious mixture that
will make you well. Use it."
The meaning of life is the celebration of it.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one footstep.
only dawns to those who are awake.
- Henry David Thoreau
|The four seasons hold their
course; And all things continue to live and grow. -Confucius
the heart can one experience the divine presence of
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave,
eats a bread it does not harvest, and drink a wine
that flows not from its own winepress
Be thankful for the simple little things... thoughts
on the origin of our foods,Where it comes from, the
growth and unfolding of the seed, and the mystery
of the seed itself.
The law of nature are the laws of health and who
lives according to these laws is never sick...
Eat not unclean foods brought from far countries,
but eat always that which your trees bear" Jesus,
from the essene.
Gospel of Peace
A recognition of the importance of food and a deep
concern about it as a factor in human life lie at
the heart of macrobiotics.
There is, though, a growing consciousness that the
food man eats is only one type of nourishment.
Art, music, ideas, emotions and social relationships
are also food and play a crucial role
in human health and well-being.
People are realizing that care and energy must be
spent on all of these types of food if one is to become
truly healthy; that in its meaning of great
life macrobiotics involves a well-rounded, not
a food-obsessed, way of living.
Ronald E. Koetzsch, Ph.D.