Being our Own Best Listener
It is said that Ayurveda is not learned; it's remembered. It is the innate wisdom and connection we have always had. We have lost connection to our true natures as spiritual beings in this physical world. Life is busy. There are demands in career, responsibilities at home and most of all, unrealistic expectations of ourselves to do and be everything to everyone, which is certainly not achievable. When does self importance make it on to the calendar?
What does this look like for you? How do we stop to listen to what we need to have true health on all levels. Each and every one of us will have a different answer to every one of these levels. Ayurveda, being the science or the knowledge of life, steps in to shed light on your brilliance and your lovely uniqueness. This ancient science provides tools, and wisdom of the ages from those who were deeply rooted in the oneness of nature and spirit, . We are woven perfectly into the design of all things. There is no real separation; that separation is an illusion.
We get sucked into the vortex of our “lives” and forget to live. We get “behind”, try to keep up, and maybe choose “self medicating” or “self soothing” activities like cocktails after work to take the edge off, slumping in front of the T.V. for a few hours to disengage from “life”. Perhaps excessive exercise is the outlet, and then through any of these routines, we burn out in one way or another.
Start inside out. Just sit with yourself for a few moments, honestly listening to the recurring chatter of have-to's or should's. Listen internally. What is right at the surface? Have a look at that, perhaps begin journaling to acknowledge the subtle and not so subtle messages.
Breathe in and exhale it all. Feel what's coming up in the body; tension, pains, how tense the jaw or face may be, how hunched over or how high your shoulders may be and the tension they could be holding. Stretch it out...maybe a few downward dogs and cat/cow stretches...
Breathe in. Exhale fully. Release, but once again, begin to listen a little more deeply. Your body is talking. Gurgling, throbbing, maybe a slight pain, numbness, headaches, backaches, neck aches, bloat, gas, anxiety etc... write it down and BREATHE it out.
This is how we heal. This is how Ayurveda will look deeper and how the remembering begins. What we individually need that nourishes or depletes us on every level; from the physical and mental to the spiritual. All of our (subtle and gross) bodies have collected stuff, and the layers have piled up. Those layers have either dried us up, burnt us out, or weighed us down. There could quite possibly be a combination of the attributes. By acknowledging their existence, the process of discovering where we could be imbalanced may not seem so overwhelming. Each of us has a different body type, attractions, tastes, and personalities. Ayurveda approaches healing as a NOT one size fits all approach. It's a lifestyle for LIFE . It can be fun and surprising to get to know yourself better. Who wants to be like everyone else? If it's too strict, or too rigid, then we know it will be short lived.
Using our five senses is a method to begin to demystify the whole idea of the doshas. We can FEEL our way through learning about ourselves. We can choose cashmere over wool. What textures turn you on?
We can TASTE a food and sense how it feels in our bodies. Do I prefer salty or sweet?
We SMELL to discover what attracts us or repels us. Do I prefer the aroma of rose or patchouli?
We can LISTEN to the innate wisdom in our gut, as well as to the sounds that please us or those that create dissonance in our world, in order to understand ourselves more deeply. Am I attracted to jazz or metal ?
We LOOK at most everything around us in a particular perspective, notice what that is and bring awareness there. We can also LOOK at the physical world and what is appealing or repelling to us as well.
All of these will begin to connect you to the choices that have created harmony or unease in the body and mind. They dig into a level of your constitution, or your prakruti.
All of what you will then be aware of in yourself, and future choices will become second nature. It's just a matter of putting it all into practice. There are more layers besides these general inquiries to reveal your nature. Where do you need to get back on track?
We must have a genuine understanding of our tendencies, and how they affect our every day lives in order to be in our best and most optimal health on every level.