Heal Better
     with Sufficiency

The Bliss of Health

The natural expectation of our Physical being.

De Silva, H.D.

 

 

Health is a wonderful state of bliss where one finds the absence of illness, provision, presence of physical health, fitness or abundance. Health is vitality for our Physical being; it is the optimum wellbeing of our material existence.

 

The vitality of health is a great fortune. The golden key to this fortune of health is the achievement of sufficiency.

 

What is Sufficiency?

Sufficiency is having enough of the necessities to sustain Life. We achieve sufficiency whenever we have fresh air, clean water, nutritious food, suitable clothing, hygiene, personal safety, regular outdoor activity, a place to restfully sleep and remedies for sickness.

 

Sufficiency is the wholesomeness that lies midway between the material extremes of inadequacy (i.e. the lack of one or more basic necessities for life) and excess (i.e. consuming far more than one’s needs).

 

In the material realm, inadequacy is humanity's greatest failure and excess is humanity's greatest fault, for they both leave one's Physical being in poverty. Poverty as defined here is a bleak state of illbeing (where without sufficiency) one  finds deficiency, privation, poor health, sickness or disease. The illbeing of poverty is a global tragedy of our modern era, afflicting both the materially poor (with diseases of inadequacy) and the materially rich (with diseases of excess).


The presence of sufficiency brings forth the Bliss of Health to the human condition. Therefore, the wholesomeness of sufficiency is humanity's greatest material achievement. Whenever we achieve sufficiency, we optimally satisfy our primary human need for self-preservation and so experience the bliss of health. This blissful vitality of health is fulfilment for our Physical being.

How do we achieve sufficiency?

To achieve sufficiency, we need to sustain three essential elements:

1. The Wealth of Nature

2. The Virtue of Compassionate generosity

3. The Mindset of 'Have a profound respect for Life.'

When these three elements of wealth, virtue and mindset come together, we achieve the vital gem of sufficiency. With sufficiency, we experience a great fortune that is the Bliss of Health.

The information provided in this page is of a general nature and it is intended to be educational and in the public's interest for the greater good. Any information on this page, in part or in whole, should not replace consultation and advice of relevant, qualified and competent professionals and/or their professional recommendations.

Achieving sufficiency with

The Wealth of Nature

 

From mountains to valleys, forests to deserts and rivers to oceans, Nature is a vast treasury of countless riches. In nature, we find all we need to achieve sufficiency. 

  • Eat a variety of fresh and wholesome products from Nature at different times (i.e. according to seasonal availability) and in moderation.

    • Vegetables (including carrots, broccoli, spinach, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, leeks and asparagus)

    • Legumes (including lentils, beans, chickpeas and green peas)

    • Fruits (including bananas, tomatoes, capsicums, egg plant, plums and berries)

    • Whole grains (including spelt, brown rice, rye and oats)

    • Fish (including anchovies, sardines and salmon)

    • Free-range eggs, edible mushrooms and occasionally, free-range meat

    • Edible seeds and nuts (including almond, coconut, sunflower and pumpkin)

    • Tea (amber, green or white tea; all without milk)

    • Dairy (including cheese and yoghurt)

    • Cold pressed olive oil, herbs and spices (including garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, chilies and parsley)

    • Natural pure honey and dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

 

NB: A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the Mediterranean Diet has beneficial effects on human health. This dietary advice is primarily based on the Mediterranean Diet and is of a general nature. It may not be suitable for some individuals with certain conditions; and as such, specific advice needs to be sought from appropriately qualified and competent health professionals.

  • Avoid consuming unwholesome or non-natural products:

    • Products containing hydrogenated vegetable oil or trans fat, high levels of added sugar, fructose corn syrup, saturated fats and enriched flour (white).

    • Products containing artificial additives such as colours, preservatives and taste enhancers.

    • Products containing addictive substances such as cigarettes, vapours, excessive caffeine, excessive alcohol and illicit drugs.

  • Help to sustain the wealth of nature for future generations by planting trees of value in appropriate locations.

    • Plant a tree as a tribute to every year of one’s life.
       

  • In production, use wholesome technologies that retain the inherent goodness of the product whilst sustaining the integrity of the natural environment.

    • Produce a variety of foods in a wholesome way (e.g. organically or bio-dynamically) by improving soil and marine ecology.

    • Avoid using synthetic herbicides, pesticides, pre-emptive antibiotics and growth hormones.

    • Avoid plastic packaging (use paper, wood or glass instead).

    • Avoid cruelty to animals.

    • Extend the utility of resources: reduce, re-use and recycle.

Achieving sufficiency with

The Virtue of Compassionate generosity

 

The virtue of Compassionate generosity is the sympathetic wish to alleviate suffering and the altruistic wish to give. Compassionate generosity motivates us to give what we do not need to those who do, enabling them to achieve sufficiency and experience the bliss of health.

In times of tragedy (e.g. during natural disasters), we see this positive human quality at its best, when people come together in a spirit of compassionate generosity and help those in great material need.

Whenever we are confronted by inadequacy or excess (the causal conditions of poverty), this noble virtue motivates us to achieve sufficiency and sustain life.

Achieving sufficiency with

The Mindset of 'Have a profound respect for Life'.

 

We owe our existence to interdependent relationships we have with living and non-living aspects of our environment. This functional inter-dependence suggests that we are part of a greater whole (i.e. the whole of life). In this holistic existence, what we do to others or to our environment, we also do to ourselves. Having a profound respect for life is to understand that even the smallest of creatures, plants or micro-organisms have a purpose in maintaining a balance for the existence and continuance of all Life.

 

Having a profound respect for life is also to understand that when one takes more than one’s need, one places a disproportionate stress on the delicate balance of relationships that sustain life. In disrespecting this sacred balance, one directly or indirectly threatens one’s very existence.

“Earth provides enough

to satisfy every man's need,

but not every man's greed.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

 Video Link: We are all one - A short film

"A human being is part of the Whole... He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.”
-
Albert Einstein

“We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it."

- Tom Dystra

Beginning with the mindset of 'Have a profound respect for Life', whenever we access the Wealth of Nature and do so with the Virtue of compassionate generosity; we achieve the vital gem of sufficiency. With the achievement of sufficiency, we experience the splenid Bliss of Health.

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