Tibetan monks maintain a constant state of intentional awareness and prayer, infusing this energy into every thought and worldly action. The three secrets Dr. Oz and I discussed on the show are all used to help maintain this lifestyle of focused intentionality and well-being.
Herbal medicine (nutrition), sound healing (induced meditation through the use of sound and vibration), and the Five Tibetan Rites (exercise), yoga-based moves designed to give you a renewed sense energy and vitality, are three of the many secrets Tibetan monks use to maintain health, vitality and longevity. In this article, I would like to delve a little deeper.
Herbs and Food as Medicine
Our body is designed to absorb nutrients and phytochemicals from foods found in nature, helping us decrease inflammation. By keeping inflammation down, we are assisting all the systems of our body to function at peak performance and not cause any undue strain on the organs or the chakras, leaving us with ample amounts of vital energy.
Fenugreek is an ancient medicinal plant with a variety of health benefits that dates back 6000 years with roots in Egypt. This little herb is known for balancing digestive disorders, like acid reflux, by decreasing inflammation. Fenugreek helps lower blood sugar levels, which can be invaluable for type 1 and 2 diabetics, and is also used in Chinese medicine tonics for the kidneys. The seed is most commonly used ground up for teas or as a spice in curries for cooking. You can also grow your own fenugreek. As it grows, take the sprouts, rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, and eat them in a salad.
Another key component in the health and vitality of the monks is their diet of anti-inflammatory foods, primarily barley, rice, and in-season fruits and vegetables that are pesticide-free.
The monks have also adapted the concept of “you are what you eat.” The denser or more complex the food, the denser the matter of the body and energetic field become. The monks, striving to maintain lightness of being, eat simple, easily digestible foods that provide a plethora of rich nutrients. This provides the body sustainability, as well as freeing the energetic systems to be open and expansive without sluggishness. This lightness allows for a more consistent presence or seat in consciousness, leaving one able to remain the observer, unattached to the pulls and hooks of the reactive world. This makes it possible to experience full, uninterrupted communing with the superconscious and the divine within.