A fundamental human desire is to live a happy, healthy life…count you in, right? In this ever changing, fast paced, technology driven world, we are overwhelmed daily with ideas on how to be healthy, what to eat, what workout routine to do, or diet to try. So much coming at us at once, in addition to our work, family and relationships. It is easy to feel lost among the plethora of information and stimulation that surrounds us.
What does it truly mean to be happy and healthy? Are they separate? Ayurveda teaches us that the mind and body are deeply connected. Health of the body is an expression of the mind. The truly healthy person experiences bliss in mind, and in the body. Bliss, YES! We all want it. But how? So let's for a moment forget we are in the year 2016…no iPhone, no technology, and no information super highway. Walk out the door and what do you see…Nature!!!
In Ayurveda we refer to the 5 elements of nature: Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth. These elements are the basis for all life and creation. Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies or “doshas” which are comprised of these elements and govern our inner and outer environment. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Air & Space) movement, Pitta (Fire & Water) transformation, and Kapha (Earth & Water) structure. These primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature. A connection with the source of “Life Energy” re-creates wholeness and health. Simply put…Nature heals! It is right there all around us.
As Dr. Paul Dugliss tells us in his book, "Ayurveda - The Power to Heal"
“The body’s natural tendency to heal itself is continuously expressed on the physical level. Each day old cells are replaced flawlessly. Each day the immune system disposes of debris, viruses, and bacteria and keeps the integrity of the body from being compromised by outside influences. Each day the cells undergo restructuring and repair. Healing and the tendency to make whole again is expressed on every level of the human being. On the emotional level is the universal quality of love. Love seeks to unite and ignore differences. It accepts and joins together. On the spiritual level is the tendency to want to “go with God,” to be at one with the power that underlies creation. Every aspect of our being is preprogrammed to create wholeness.”
Why Ayurveda? Ancient texts on Ayurvedic medicine date back 5000 years ago and its principles have withstood the test of time. Both Eastern and Western medicines were derived from its foundation. Ayurveda treats not simply the symptoms but the root cause. In Ayurveda we focus on the whole person, addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual planes.
So let's get back to basics and realize the potential of what nature is here to do. The earth was present millions of years before us and the modern world. It is our teacher and when we tune into nature we not only heal our body but we connect to our own true nature, our Inner Source.
To realize our desire to be happy and healthy and turn it into reality, we must utilize the power of intention. When we cultivate our intention with a practice of self-care, we use consciousness to create healing for us.
There is no better time to heal than…Now!