Tri-guna theory for Psychology
Ayurveda uses the Tri-guna theory to understand the psychology; Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Besides our natural and unique tendencies we can influence our psychology through the food intake.
Ayurveda is not against animal consumption products but acknowledges that one of the most problematic effects from consuming animal products (meat, fish and seafood) is on the mind, since it makes it dull and increases violence. Cultures with long history of wars, violence and invasions consumed a diet based on animal protein.
Besides the current poor quality, the products nowadays are full of additives, hormones, antibiotics, heavy metals between others, and have negative impact in our health and emotions. Hypoglycemia is an example of how the mind is affected by the nutritional state of the body.
Each food has one of the principle stronger, which affect negatively or positively our mind.
***Sattva brings harmony, clarity, intelligence, peace and perception.
We can find these attributes in water, fruits, raw honey, easy to digest food, grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts, fresh milk and derivatives (ghee, butter, cream fresh or cottage cheese (paneer).
***Rajas brings action, movement, agitation, anger, violence, force and dissipation to the mind.
We can find these attributes in meat, unfertilized eggs, coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks, brown or black chocolate and in spicy and salty food.
***Tamas brings inertia, dullness, physical numbness, lack of intelligence and motivation, perversion, addiction, dependency and possession to the mind.
We find these attributes in all dead animals, commercial dairy products, fertilized egg, alcohol, eggplant, onion, garlic, scallion, leek, chive, mushroom, and in any food which was kept overnight.
Have you noticed it? Start connecting with your food and see how your psychology reacts to it!