Earlier I’d written how limits can make us free. Then it was the topic of fasting, which we have in Judaism a few times a year, but it is not a common thing in mb. Now the limit that is weighing heavily on my mind is my upcoming trip to New York. When I travel I love meeting new mb people and even more, love learning with mb teachers. That I love both Judaism and Macrobiotics is why I started this blog – but that sometimes they conflict is my difficult challenge. As a practicing Jew, I follow the laws of Torah, which include kashruth.
For the most part, I bring my own pots and cook my own food in places we rent. In New York there is no problem finding kosher restaurants, but then my challenge is eating the healthier options, definitely not pure mb. On the other hand, I have compromised by eating in vegan restaurants – not what some observant Jews might do, but I feel as long as there is no meat, dairy or seafood cooked at the establishment, it is at a level I can be comfortable with (the first few times were the hardest). My problem is not all mb restaurants are vegan, nor are all teachers – and then I do not allow myself the luxury of eating there. There is plenty of food options, so it is not that painful. But there are not that many wonderful mb teachers, then it is painful.
Sometimes we are very fortunate and teachers come to us. Here is an excerpt from Victoria Bayarev who will be coming at the end of June to our community:
A human being cannot live without a certain system of values. Originally, a man has a clear set of features, capacities, abilities. By nature, a person is LIMITED in physical capacities, given him at birth (we are not able to fly or swim under water more than a few minutes or jump further than a few meters, etc.). Our physiological abilities are also limited (we can’t ingest an unlimited amount of food; we can’t live without sleeping a certain amount of hours a day, etc.). And this initially insurmountable set of functions requires a certain system, a set of values, that will allow a human being to thrive, to be healthy, productive, and feel protected, secured and comfortable. It is a matter of achieving happiness and freedom within the structure. Macrobiotics is a great system to follow if we deeply understand its meaning and how to make it work for us. My passion is to share my experience and knowledge and be able to help as many people as I can to heal their health, to heal their lives. I want to take an opportunity to encourage you to never stop learning, to strive for better health, better you for the sake of your loved ones and the world around you.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the details of my program in Jerusalem that will take place on June 29, 2015. To learn more about me, please visit www.victoriabarayev.com.
Hag kosher ve sameach!
Victoria Barayev, CHNC
Of course, travels are much more than just finding mb experiences – but having to say no to something I would have enjoyed is not easy. Then again, life is not always easy – who ever said it had to be??