the macrobiotics

 

 

Macrobiotics is a way of life that guides one’s choices in nutrition, activity and lifestyle. A system of principles and practices based on nature’s laws to benefit the body, mind and planet. Origin from Ancient Greek, macro – large or long and bios – life or way of living.

the 5 transformations

 

 

The principle based on millenary traditions that explain the conception of the World as an accumulation of energetic phenomena, believing that the Universe is governed by two antagonistic and complementary forces. These two forces are in permanent motion, one expanding, the other contracting. The health and harmony of body, mind and spirit depends on the balance between these two forces. Yin and Yang in the Eastern tradition, Heavenly Father and Mother Earth in Christianity.

Tree,

is the expansive and upward movement related to patience, tolerance, altruism and generosity. The color is b, the corresponding season is Spring, the flavor is sour, the sense is the sight and the main organs governed by it are the Liver and the Gallbladder.

Fire,

is the stage of greatest expansion related to joy, intuition, lucidity and laughter. The color is red the corresponding season is Summer, the taste is bitter, the sense is the touch and the organs ruled by it are the Heart and Small Intestine.

Soil,

this is an energy in a semi-condensed state related to organizational capacity, sympathy, practical sense of life and optimism. The dominant color is yellow and earth tones. The corresponding season is the End of Summer, the flavor is sweet and the main organs governed by it are the Stomach, Spleen and Pancreas.

Metal,

represents the mineral world in Nature, is the energy of reunion, detachment, enthusiasm and purification. The dominant color is white and the corresponding season is Autumn. The taste is spicy and the main organs governed by this energetic stage are the Lungs and the Large Intestine.

Water,

it is the stage of fusion, the floating energy related to the will, the sense of life and the capacity for adaptation. The dominant colors are the dark ones and the corresponding season the Winter. The flavor is salty and the main organs related to this energetic movement are the Kidneys and the Bladder.

principles and values

 

 

The following principles and values are based on the writtings of the early twentieth-century philosopher George Ohsawa. His and our intention is to cultivate individual and world health, happiness, peace, ecology, social consciousness and a productive way of life

the way of life

 

 

gratitud

 

Developing a love of life making the most of every moment and being grateful for whatever happens whether it seems positive or negative, is an opportunity for growth.

 

 

one grain, one thousand grains

 

In Nature, one seed becomes a plant that produces many seeds, thus giving back and increasing. This is a metaphor to continuously act with generosity towards others in all aspects of life, thus giving back more than you receive.

 

 

values

 

Learning to accept people as they are and appreciate each person’s life journey. Seek to make honest and positive relationships that fulfil the highet ethics and values in life.

 

 

everything changes

 

By embracing change, humans develop. Macrobiotic living is a way to create beneficial change in life, evolving through experience as as the world changes.

health

 

 

seven conditions of health

 

1. Vitality;

2. Good appetite for natural food and life;

3. Deep refreshing sleep;

4. Good memory;

5. Cheerful pleasant outlook;

6. Clear thought and action;

7. Honesty and appreciation.

 

 

self-reflection

 

Developing the ability to view life from the biggest perspective from a more objective and non-judgemental place. Living with self-awareness can guide each person towards health

 

 

intuition

 

An integral part of health based on an inner knowing that comes from a direct connection with Nature and beyond.

 

 

self-empowerment

 

The ability to influence your own life and health is one of the first steps to empowering yourself, leading to a creative and constructive approach to life.

ecology and food

 

 

body and Nature are not separate

 

What we do to the environment greatly affects us. Food and breathing are our direct connection to Nature. Through daily meals, regular rising and sleeping times and daily exercise, we realign with the seasonal cycles of Nature everyday.

 

 

food

 

Consistent meal times and eating together promote health. A macrobiotic diet is based on combining healthy traditional food, including fresh vegetables, whole grains or their products, beans, fruit, nuts, seeds, pickles, fermented foods, herbs, seasonings, sea vegetables and teas. Each person is unique and discovers the best food for health based on macrobiotic principles. Many thrive being vegan and some choose to include a litlle animal food. Macrobiotics is an open, flexible and adaptable approach to eating that include a wide variety of foods for social events and special occasions.

 

 

principles for food selection

 

Prioritise food that has grown and adapted to your climatic region over many centuries or at least comes from a similar climatic zone. Prefer local and seasonal perishable foods from as close to home as possible and organic/natural foods with as little chemical additives as possible.

 

 

natural preparation

 

Use natural preparation, cooking techniques and preservation methods to enhance taste and quality of ingredients and to make nutrients more available. Cooking is a skill that can bring greater sensory and emotional satisfaction to a meal.

adaptability

 

 

order of the universe

 

Describes the way things come into being in a logical progression through seven stages. This process forms the philosophical basis of Macrobiotics.

 

 

unifying principle of yin-yang

 

Illustrates the unity and diversity of all phenomena, connections and the relative direction of all things. Yin or Yang cannot exist or be define without the other. They are relative terms where things are more Yin or more Yang relative to something else. Opposites, such as day and night complete and change into each other.

 

 

5 transformations

 

Phases of change based on times of day and seasons. They combine with Yin and Yang for further insight and refinement in making daily food, cooking, health, decisions and lifestyle choices.

thinking

 

 

living with curiosity

 

Learning to think for yourself. Macrobiotic education includes asking questions and developing curiosity to help explore life more deeply. Live with a beginner’s mind that is open to new and fresh ideas. Be ready to experiment and verify them for yourself. Study traditional cultures that have achieved health, longevity and harmony with their environment.

 

 

seven aspects of consciousness

 

Helpful guides for sel-reflection as we grown and develop. These innate human qualities are physical, sensorial, emotional, intellectual, social, philosophical and universal love that can turn antagonism into its complement.

authors

 

Simon Brown, Carl Ferre, Anna Mackenzie, Isabel Moreno, Denny Waxman