My Devotion to a Self-Designed Spiritual & Dietary Routine

Updated on April 18, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Spirituality---Digging Out the Magic Lamp from the Desert Sands of Helplessness
Spirituality---Digging Out the Magic Lamp from the Desert Sands of Helplessness

On a Path of No Return

More than half century ago started this fascination with certain Eastern teachings---in particular those contending that all reality was of our own make. As I eagerly put it in practice of my own living, I coined it "functionalism", denoting the central idea that it is our model of psycho-physical functioning that writes out our life script to be followed.

Ever since, in one way or another my life has been unfolding in accordance with my mind-style, circumstances echoing it like a blueprint, with all perturbations and joys matching those of my mind and heart.

Driven from within I chose my spiritual path, seeking the answers from my own nature rather than from holy books---after witnessing the inconsistencies between peoples' religious preaching and their lack of striving for their religious ideals.

I saw myself as responsible for cultivating an intimate reality with peace, harmony, happiness, and health dominating in it. Those countless books were a good gym for my mind, but except for a passing inspiration they didn't instill anything of a lasting value in my seeking soul.

I had to do it myself, not by imitating thoughts of this or that author, but to roll up the proverbial sleeves and start molding my inner world consciously, with focus and intent, with meditation and discipline.

Early in that process it came as a must to do away with my vulnerable ego, with my reactive mind programmed by social norms about what was "appropriate" to think, feel, and do. People parading around with their prescriptions for living didn't look happy, except for their skill to apply a variety of substitutes for happiness, in form of overeating, smoking, drinking, doping, possessions, sex, gambling, competitiveness, and the list goes so much longer than that.

Looking at their lives of drama and often a tragicomic soap opera I asked myself: "Is this all there is to life---struggling, finding cheap joys, getting old, and then dying?" Well, something in me rebelled against such prospects of my own outcomes.

I chose to evolve, to keep seeking, to explore new models of functioning and processing the reality---my reality.

A Journey That Is Best When Taken Alone
A Journey That Is Best When Taken Alone

Sense of Being at the Source of It All

Thus, for these past few decades I have been in this daily habit of keeping in my mind an image of my quantum reality in which my dominant thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and attitudes play the pivotal role.

By experiencing myself as a responsible source of all that's happening to me, to my body, and to my circumstances, I have not a slightest tendency to see myself as a "victim" in the string of daily events. With a good dose of cherry-picking attitude I do my best to keep recognizing only what's beneficial and giving me a reason to be grateful.

"Problems" merely feel as something that I am not willing to face, not willing to do, as I fail to look for a constructive, most practical, direct solution. Indeed, problems are only that for as long as I feel that there is "nothing for me to do" about them---which, at least mentally, never is the case. As for people's negative behaviors, the old Chinese proverb is always at hand saying:

"We can't prevent birds from flying over our heads, but we can prevent them from making a nest in our hair".

Back there in those first, and somewhat clumsy steps on my spiritual path, I used to feel lonely by being different from the folks around me. Then it all changed into a strong sense of personal sovereignty, with a new skill to create a chemistry with others which filled me with warmth.

Thus, ever since, I am feeling responsible for the outcomes of any of my relationships, because in a final analysis, they are all merely a state of my mind, whether I react this or that way to this or that way of others' behaving.

Blames are gone, and the only thing that's left is this sense of always having a choice to go proactive instead of reactive.

"Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" ("Healthy Mind in Healthy Body")
"Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" ("Healthy Mind in Healthy Body")

Matching Body to Mind

Now, fast-forward to these present days---being a retiree I've got all the time I need to stick to my self-designed regimen of having a life I chose for myself, as one worth getting up from bed each morning.

My diet and some supplementation, which I will address shortly, are merely a supportive part of my overall regimen, while it's providing a bio-chemical environment for my spirituality. By themselves they would not lead to it. Like the Latin proverb goes: "Si duo faciunt idem, non est idem"---or, in plain English: "If two are doing the same is not the same".

Meaning that some folks who may be consuming the same foods as I do may not be either spiritual or enjoy a particular vitality---if their minds are in service of their ego run by scripts imposed by an unhappy crowd.

In the dynamisms of my own totality, my body is the biological vehicle for my soul, and as such it has to be in a vibrational match with it. Try to see it as a household appliance that has to be wired to take a certain higher voltage.

Namely, since my meditations and my general mind-style insist on a harmony, I can't allow that my body keeps sending noisy signals to my mind about its biochemical dissatisfactions. They have to resonate within the same range of frequencies---since everything in existence is vibrating.

I have learned quite a bit about disharmony between mind and body by observing some fine lecturers of higher knowledge who somehow neglected their physiques. From the overweight image of Buddha to those gurus and inspirational speakers who have some golden truisms to convey---but don't really show it with the state of their own health and vitality.

I am not junking their words as useless just because of that discrepancy, merely unwilling to follow their example. Many of them might have started in their early stages of personal evolution by taking care of their bodies; but then became popular and overwhelmed by the hectic pace of constant travelling, lecturing, and writing. Lack of rest, dining in restaurants, and in some cases a broken family resulting from all that, did a number on their bodies.

Well, a fame never befell me, so I can enjoy the simplicity of my own chosen life, not catering to a career obligations. And that feels just good.

Soul Celebrates Birth of Each New Day
Soul Celebrates Birth of Each New Day

My Morning Routine

For the remaining portion of this personal story, allow me to share a little about my dietary contribution to my spiritual regimen, with some of my practices directly promoting it.

At this point, please, let's respect our biological individualities by keeping in mind that what may be working for me may not be as good for you. That's why I will intentionally skip all descriptions of the "benefits" of anything that I am daily ingesting or doing.

My wife cooks everything from scratch, with exception of a few canned or boxed items. We don't eat out except when on holidays. I am basically consuming everything except sugar, dairy, wheat, alcohol, coffee, tea, and sweetened drinks. When thirsty, I drink filtered water with a pinch of Himalayan salt to mineralize it.

While at Himalayan salt, I also keep a Himalayan salt lamp on my desk right beside my laptop to neutralize unhealthy emissions of positive ions from it and from our 48" TV, along with its other benefits---like filling my living room with negative ions, counteracting allergens, and cleaning the air of pollutants.

I am quite consistently sticking to my routine of 8 hours of eating and 16 hours of fasting every 24 hours of the day. Namely, I start eating at twelve noon---actually drinking my smoothie at that time.

Then I have my dinner at 4 p.m., after which I may have whatever---excluding foods mentioned above till 8 p.m.; and then I consume nothing except water and my herbal tincture till noon the next day.

My smoothie consists of a banana, coconut oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, and some amla powder. That's what I am having every single day, and my body doesn't mind it for its highly nutritious and digestible quality.

Experts can talk all they want about the need for "varieties" in our way of eating, but even though my smoothie tastes delicious, I am primarily aiming at giving my body what it needs. In a strictly biological sense, animals are not known to have a rich menu, and yet they maintain oftentimes an enviable vitality, strength, and endurance.

However, should anyone get inspired to upgrade their own quality of health, they may google any of the mentioned ingredients or practices, without any part of all this posing as an advice.

I typically start my day with a small dose of my own home made herbal tincture composed of four herbs: gynostemma, astragalus, goji berries, and gotu kola.

Then I spend some minutes on my vibrating platform, since I believe in benefits of the so called whole body vibration. Again, I won't try to convince anybody about the goodness of anything I do, so, whoever's curiosity may get stimulated by the fact that I am not seeing doctors, not using meds---while also bragging about a cultivated happy spirituality---let them do their own research and possibly experimentation.

Anyhow, that is followed by a short Small Universe qigong meditation and exercises. Then I continue with Brain Wave Vibration practice consisting of a gentle, rhythmic shaking head and body in a left-right motion. This simple trick of quieting mind can be seen at babies spontaneously rocking or being rocked by mother when she wants to help them to fall asleep.

Beside some more complex benefits involved, it turns the volume down of that inner chatter, so making my subconscious mind receptive to those positive MP3 affirmations combined with harmonizing/healing effects of sound frequencies, as per the science of cymatics.

In addition, I also use a special soundtrack for synchronizing my brain hemispheres.

Well, it seems like a lot of fancy work done on myself to keep improving the model of my psycho-physical functioning---but I assure you it feels much better than knowing that my mind would otherwise just regurgitate decades old automatic and useless crap programmed by the multitudes of those around.

Namely, that's what happens when we let mind have it its way without a proactive intervention. Someone said something like: "When big masses of people agree about something, then only few are actually thinking among them." Well, I am not among those mental copycats. I may be wrong about many things, but I prefer doing my own mistakes, not those popular ones.

That's usually the time of the morning while my wife is still asleep; although she never talks to me if she finds me doing my stuff, and any sounds from the kitchen don't bother me at all.

While I am at that listening, I additionally open my mind for suggestions with a short trick of "Brahman's pranayama", a breathing technique consisting of inhaling, pushing that breath down, bringing it back up, doing it two more times before exhaling through pursed lips. The whole thing I repeat two more times with pauses of about a minute between them.

That concludes my morning meditation lasting for about an hour.

Spirituality Thrives on Simple Joys of LIfe
Spirituality Thrives on Simple Joys of LIfe

Simplicity after All

After my meditative session with my MP3 listening, I stand up and quickly tap all over my body to stimulate my chakras and energy meridians. Then I slowly pace in my living room making circles through the open-ended kitchen, imitating silent laughing, which loosens down my diaphragm with that important network of nerves in the solar plexus.

That is followed by the last part of my morning routine---my "alphanizing" as I call it, denoting my producing alpha brain waves at will. It's something like a mental act of an "orgasmic spirituality" when my whole personal space is filled with a blissful energy beyond any description. With that short buzz of high frequency I do my daily "tune-up" of healing and harmonizing.

For the rest of the day I am not shunning negative feelings, but they are always of a low intensity and a short duration---still keeping me a complete human with a full specter of emotions. I can get just as pissed off, sad, concerned as anybody else. However, it's almost like with athletes who can lift with ease more weight than those non-athletes---so I can lift even with a smile more of the "weight of life" than some other folks.

No "special powers", no "superiority" claimed, just those little advantages of having trained and organized some mental skills in a certain order of my own choice. The whole thing is really about living consciously, being sovereign owner of my own mind, detached from the suggestive assaults and deceiving sweet talk from society.

Spirituality, when it's a way of life, doesn't even look like some big deal. When something that that becomes a regular "mental and physical gym", it doesn't really look exotic or weird. As a matter of fact, something as common as having a glass of wine "to feel better", or following daily news to "know better", or "pumping iron" to "look better", or screaming in notes to "musically sound better"---could be characterized as something really weird, if we would care to give it a good thought.

So you could see this 73 years young dude in his favorite park-forest feeding Canada geese, ducks, chipmunks and squirrels, sitting on a bench that faces the lazy river and just "being". My favorite part of interacting with those small animals is having tiny and brave chickadees fly down onto my extended palm and peck on sunflower seeds.

Or you could see me with my friends of 40-something years, being playful, silly, talking about weather, doctors, politics, sports, movies, celebrities, telling a joke or joining our singing bunch, with one of friends playing guitar and his son playing piano.

Like one bona fide priest once told me at a home party: "Val, I think, with your spirituality you are closer to the divine than many of those religious folks that I know, although I haven't heard you mention god, not even once".

Well, I shrugged and changed the subject. Spirituality is not something you can discuss like religion---only experience it, or not.

Well, I hope my cyber-friends and those others having read some of my articles, found out a little more about what I do in my life when I am not washing dishes, doing outside chores, and just hanging around and looking involved.


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    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Readmikenow---I am glad you liked it.

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      5 months ago

      Enjoyed reading this. Good article.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Bill---With so many aging folks filling doctors' offices and hospitals, not to mention shrinks, isn't it great to know that some of us are doing so fine. With you approaching seventies and in a good health, just think of many much younger people not caring about their state of health and suffering the results of that neglect.

      Keep on winning against age, my friend!

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      Vladimir Karas 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Paula---I am always happy to see your mind-style matching mine at so many points. Yes, we could all greatly benefit by cultivating a regimen which would keep us well and away from doctors, sometimes even shrinks.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Linda---It's great to hear from you again, my friend, and even more that you found my article interesting. As you could easily find out on google, amla is an Indian fruit loaded with vitamin C and other beneficial properties.

      I have known about it for decades, first from Deepak Chopra's book about mostly used stuff in his therapy resort in San Diego.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed reading about your daily routine, Val. Your articles are always thought provoking for me. Thanks for sharing the information about your diet. I've never heard of amla powder before.

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      5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Val.....I am certainly on the same page with you in terms of my individual & personally-created spirituality. From day one, I could not involve myself with reading the works of others & applying myself to what they think, believe and/or preach.

      I trust in my own mind, reasoning power, outlook on nature and life and understand in my own unique way. This has served me quite well & allowed me an inner peace.

      Fortunately, as a child, I learned the importance of choosing fresh, healthy foods and how to prepare them for maximum benefit & have continued this practice through the years.

      My methods of relaxation & soul-searching, while different than yours, have proven to keep me calm & grounded. Like you, I do believe these personal programs we adhere to, improve our lives, our health & happiness in a fully positive way. Thanks for sharing, Val. Peace, Paula

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely reading, my friend. I, too, am enjoying a healthy and happy life, and my lifestyle has much to do with that. Except for a little creaking in the bones occasionally, I feel remarkably well for one approaching seventy. Here's to many ore years for both of us.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Threekeys----I am glad you liked it; and I sincerely hope your physical suffering that you are mentioning will soon clear up under your spirited insistence and positive expectations.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      5 months ago from Canada

      MizBejabbers---Well, that seems to be one of the problems with followers---they don't have a clear physical image of their religious idol, and his spiritual image is not any clearer either; maybe that's a part of the reason why they don't know whom they are really following.

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      5 months ago from Australia

      I enjoyed this article of yours Vladmir.

      While I have my body suffering at the moment I do like to have a physical-spiritual routine. I do believe in doing right by our bodies as well as practising a mind routine that supports one's personal expectation of health.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      5 months ago

      I like your statement of the body being the biological vehicle for the soul, or something like that. Too bad controlling parents don't recognize that in their children and try to make them over in their own image (or controlling spouses, for that matter).

      Not sure where somebody got the idea of making buddhas fat. The old paintings of buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, depict him as a thin man. Frankly, I like the little fat buddha cats that wave at me.


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