Health is the natural expectation of our Physical being.
Health is a wonderful state of bliss characterised by the absence of illness, provision, presence of physical health, fitness or abundance. It is the optimum wellbeing of our material existence, and the highest state of vitality attainable by our Physical being. The bliss of health is really fulfilment for our Physical being.
The golden key to the fortune of health is sufficiency. Whenever we achieve sufficiency, we optimally satisfy our primary need for self-preservation and experience the bliss of health.
Sufficiency is having enough of the necessities that sustain life. When we care for ourselves with fresh air, clean water, wholesome food, appropriate clothing, personal safety, a comfortable dwelling, restful sleep, hygiene, regular outdoor-exercise and remedies for sickness etc. we achieve sufficiency.
In the material realm, inadequacy (i.e. the lack of one or more basic necessities for life) is humanity’s greatest failure, and excess (i.e. consuming far more than one’s needs) is humanity’s greatest fault. Sufficiency is the golden wholesomeness that lies between these two material extremes. In the absence of sufficiency (i.e. in the presence of inadequacy or excess), one eventually experiences the illbeing of poverty (i.e. deficiency, privation, poor health, sickness or disease).
The illbeing of poverty is the foremost global tragedy of our modern era, afflicting both the materially poor as well as the materially rich. With inadequacy, one finds the poverty of undernourishment, sickness and homelessness etc., and with excess, one finds the poverty of obesity, diabetes (type 2), heart disease etc.
There is much we can do to end global poverty, of both inadequacy and excess. Ending global poverty begins with the realisation that continuous consumption ultimately, makes us all poorer. We need to realise that more, is not necessarily better. It is the presence of sufficiency that brings health to the human condition, and as such, we need to become consciously aware of what we consume.
Where possible, consuming quality products (in preference to cheap, convenient products of inferior quality), in moderation, can help us to achieve sufficiency and simultaneously sustain the wealth of nature – the source of all our material wealth. The virtuous practice of compassionate-generosity can also help us to overcome poverty and attain the vital achievement of sufficiency. Compassionate-generosity motivates us to give what we do not need to those who do, thus enabling them to achieve sufficiency and enjoy the bliss of health.
How to achieve the vital gem of sufficiency
Where possible (and in harmony with seasonal availability), consume a variety of fresh and wholesome products in moderation.
E.g. Vegetables (including carrots, broccoli and edible mushrooms), legumes (including lentils and beans), fruits (including bananas, tomatoes, capsicums and berries), fish (including sardines, salmon or tuna), free-range eggs, whole grains (including spelt, brown rice, rye and oats), edible seeds (including almond, sunflower and pumpkin), dairy (including yoghurt), natural honey, tea (including green or white) and dark chocolate (70%)|
NB: This general information may not be suitable for some individuals with conditions.
Avoid excessive consumption:
consuming large portions and
consuming more of the same more often
Avoid consuming unwholesome products:
highly processed products, e.g. products containing hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans fat), high levels of added sugar, fructose corn syrup, saturated fats and enriched flour (white)
products containing additives, e.g. artificial colours, preservatives and taste enhancers.
addictive substances, e.g. cigarettes, vapours, excessive caffeine, excessive alcohol and illicit drugs.
products produced in an unwholesome way, e.g. with synthetic herbicides, pesticides, pre-emptive antibiotics, growth hormones or with cruelty to animals.
Where possible, produce a variety of wholesome foods. Green your sacred soil with vegetables and fruits; and grow them organically/bio-dynamically
In production, use technologies that retain the inherent goodness of the harvest whilst sustaining the integrity of the natural environment.
Avoid excessive production, i.e. producing more of the same more often.
Extend the utility of resources: reduce, re-use and recycle.
Where possible, insist on product quality in preference to cheap or convenient products of inferior quality.
Plant suitable trees in appropriate locations and regenerate natural eco-systems. (Where possible, plant a tree as a tribute to every year of one’s life).
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.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need,but not every man's greed.”
- Mahatma Gandhi