Ayurveda, Mother of all healing
Ayurveda, a 5 thousand years old healing system
Ayurveda, Mother of all healing, is one of the oldest medicine systems on earth, being practiced for more than 5000 years. Although its origins are lost to historians, Ayurveda is believed to have come from the vedic gods and transmitted generation to generation by the scholars and the mystics of the Himalayas.
Through meditation and spiritual practices the scholars of the past created a system of guidance for wellbeing, balance and health encompassing all aspects of life: from the everyday well being, to internal medicine and even surgery.
Ayurveda the art of well-being
As an art of living in harmony with the laws of Nature, Ayurveda, or the "Science of Life", is one of the oldest medical sciences existing in the world today. This ancient natural wisdom of health is a set of self care guidelines that helps us stay healthy and feel our best by understanding the individual needs of our mind-body structure.
As a science of Self-healing Ayurveda encompasses concepts of energy and creation, principles of a moral and ethical life, and recommendations relating to diet, nutrition, life style, rest and relaxation, physical activities and spiritual practices along with cleansing and rejuvenation treatments.
Through its techniques, Ayurveda helps us restore our constitution, harmonize ourselves with our own nature through living a simple, balanced life style that is pure and close to nature. Health and inner beauty unfold naturally as we keep the body and the mind clean from unhealthy influences, undergo Ayurvedic personal routines both on a daily basis and seasonally, and we live in harmony with the natural laws of the Universe.
Ayurveda is a body-mind science
Ayurveda recognizes that mind and body are closely interrelated and it works on balancing both of them, as one cannot really reach its fullest potential when the other one is not strong enough.
We all know that our thinking affects our body like when we get an upset stomach during an intense episode of anger or anxiety. Similarly, our body affects the way we feel, such as having a low self esteem when the body is out of shape. The Ayurvedic method is complete in the sense that it addresses both the mind and the body as well as the energy field that connects them.
Each of us is a unique phenomenon
According to this science, each person is a unique manifestation of the cosmic energy. We are all different and we are all having a unique mind and body. Everything we do, from the foods we eat to the thoughts we are harbouring in our minds, affects us in a very personal way.
We all have our individual definition of what it means to be happy and balanced, and Ayurveda provides us with the tools to help us figure out the customized routines, treatments and remedies to help us reach that state.
Ayurveda proposes simple, natural and gentle remedies
Ayurveda does not propose quick fixes or extreme, radical therapies. All its treatments – from spices to be used in the food to body treatments - are intended to be simple and gentle habits that can become a part of our life style.
Ayurveda aims to address the cause of the imbalance, not only the symptoms, and it acknowledges that sometimes simple life style changes are more efficient in reaching a state of true health.
Emotional fluidity, what does it mean?
Being emotionally balanced means to feel free from the power of your negative responses to the world. It means to be aware of the way you tend to react to life events, to be more fluid in the way you express your feelings and also, the most important of all, to be able to act out of CHOICE and not out of limitation.
Why do we experience negative emotions?
Negative emotions occur for various reasons..
Firstly there is your Constitution
Each doshic type has corresponding emotional responses to the external world. When excessive, the doshas create a sort of a veil that alters our perception of the external events, which are most of the time neutral.
Vata will see the world through the eyes of fear, restlessness and anxiety; the world is perceived as a hostile, dangerous and unfriendly place, where they need to constantly protect themselves in order to survive.
For Pitta, the world becomes the field where they have to fight and struggle to prove their point and bring about the justice. A place where they need to dominate, control, judge and impose their will on others. Anger, jealousy, frustration, irritability are manifestations of excessive Pitta dosha.
For Kapha types, the world is a place to accumulate goods and riches, where they need to seek constant affirmation and self-confidence. They tend to be dominated by attachment, sadness, greed and sentimentalism.
Each dosha has its own challenges and none of them is better or easier than others. Ayurveda teaches us to observe our emotions, thoughts, beliefs and the ego itself. By observing an Ayurvedic life style and keeping our doshas in balance we can move into a more fluid expression of our emotions and dance more with life.
Secondly there are the learned responses
The way you learned to respond to the world during your first years will act from the background in many situations of your life. As children, apart from being fed and provided for, what we need mostly is love and to be accepted and recognised. Since at that age there is no discernment, the life experiences absorbed at a subconscious level become a rule of life.
For instance an abusive relationship with one of the parents will create a pattern and you will associate that with love and being accepted. Later on in life, you will somehow recreate abusive relationships as this is where you have established your sense of comfort and acceptance from others.
Ayurevda and EFT could be great tools to help you start to recognise, acknowledge and transmute these tendencies.
Thirdly, there are the collective responses to the world
As social beings we tend to copy and repeat collectively accepted emotional responses to the world. You get upset by what others get upset, you criticise what others criticise. You are angry about what the government does. You see love in a relationship as an eternal struggle filled with drama, arguments and jealousy as this is how it is perceived by others.
When you start to separate from what you really feel and what others expect you to feel, you can move into a more relaxed way of living, where you CHOOSE what you want to feel, instead of giving mechanical and limited reactions to the world. EFT is good to help you release these as well.
The Emotional mind
According to the Vedic philosophy, your mind functions on three levels: the subconscious, the Emotional mind, and the Intellectual mind. Of these three, the emotional mind is the one that gives you the most trouble in your daily life. It is permanently judging everything, evaluating everything and doubting everything.
The emotional mind is the one that sets conditions for your own state of wellbeing. It is judging everything as good or bad and it makes you see the world with the eyes of limitation. For everything that you have or experience in your life, your emotional mind has formed an opinion which keeps you chained and could give you the feeling that you are stuck, or without solution.
What is its role?
The emotional mind, or Manas in Sanskrit, is “that which thinks”; it is basically what works in your mind during your habitual waking state. Manas is your ability to think, plan, relive the past in your mind and also imagine or project a future outcome of a situation.
The main role of Manas is to bring in the information from the external world through the senses. But it does not have the capacity to digest it. This role belongs to the Intellectual part, or Buddhi – which is your capacity to Observe and Integrate.
This does not mean that Manas is a “bad” functioning of the mind. We need the Emotional mind in order to function in this three dimensional plane of existence and to relate to the external world. The problem starts when we are using it in the wrong way, that is, without the discernment and the influence of our true Intelligence or Buddhi.
How to use it appropriately?
The more we develop our capacity to be in the Observer and to use our higher mental capacities, the more we get to be fluid in our life experience.
All of your life problems are NOT problems per se. They are simply energy blocks created by judgements, ideas and emotions you may have in relation to these “problems” which keep your system charged.
If you wish to learn more about how to get to be more in tune with your true Intelligence, and to stay connected, contact me for a private coaching session so we can start undoing these knots and allow you to access the magic that you truly are.
Working with emotions
Negative emotions are really not as scary as they may seem. We find them quite powerful and difficult to deal with, mostly because we have no tools to deal with them. It is like lacking a fire extinguisher in the house when the fire bursts. When properly equipped, emotions of whatever nature could actually lead you in life and give you extremely important clues about which way to go.
Once you get to really observe these reactions in ourselves, life can become more like a dance. Each emotional reaction could be used as a hint and a support in moving with the flow. Emotions, either positive or negative are manifestations of energy; they are your (spontaneous or mechanical) reactions to Life. They can colour or blur our reality.
Oftentimes we even get used to and start enjoying (to a certain level) our negativity as it could give a false sense of comfort and protection. It is then that they create blocks that stop the natural flow of energy through our system.
These blocks can be easily removed by various practices, such as EFT, RCB, Access Bars TM, Ayurvedic treatments, etc.
Doshas, the three forces of health
The concept of the five elements is one of the most fundamental in Ayurveda. In fact, Ayurveda is also called “the science of the five elements”. The 5 main elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth exist in all forms of matter across the Universe.
In the human body, these elements combine two by two and form the three fundamental forces of health, called Doshas which are: VATA, PITTA et KAPHA.
The energy of movement, is constituted by ether and air.
The energy of transformation and the metabolism results from the combination of fire and water.
The energy of structure and lubrication is made up by water and earth.
VATA DOSHA The energy of movement
Vata means "wind", etymologically being understood as "that which moves things". Vata dosha is composed primarily of the element "air" and secondarily of "ether", which is the container. Just like the wind, Vata is dry, light, cold, subtle, clear and mobile. Any of these qualities will tend to imbalance Vata Dosha.
Vata is the primary force of the nervous system responsible for the exhalation, the inhalation, the movement and the coordination of the senses. Basically, Vata supports the movement of the mind and provides the energy necessary for all mental activities such as perception and thoughts.
When Vata is balanced, it promotes creativity, joy, lightness, freshness. When excessive Vata produces anxiety, nervousness, fear, panic, tremors, spasms and pain.
Generally speaking, a Vata constitution is recognized through the qualities of this Dosha. This means that the person could be very thin either very small or very tall.
A characteristic of a physical constitution for Vata types is the underdevelopment of the tissues (dryness): the muscles are not developed enough, the adipose tissue is almost lacking, the skin is thin, dry, cold, rough, with cracks and visible veins.
The face is usually small, thin, and of a darker taint. The eyes are small and agitated. The lips are thin, pale and dry, the nose is thin, either short or long and dry.
Vata mind is very fast and flexible, sometimes superficial, changeable and indecisive. Vata people are very comfortable with abstract thoughts. Their emotions and their moods change frequently.
PITTA DOSHAThe force of transformation
Etymologically, Pitta is translated as "bile" or "that which transforms and digests". Pitta Dosha is mainly composed of the fire element, and secondarily of the water element, because the fire cannot exist in its pure form in the human body without destroying it. Pitta is mainly found in the digestive fluids of the body in a liquid or oily. Its name comes from the Sanskrit root "tap" which means "transformed" or "heated".
Like the fire, Pitta is hot, sharp, sour, pungent and light. Due to its water component Pitta is also liquid and oily.
Pitta Dosha is responsible for all chemical and metabolic transformations of the body as well as secretions of the gastrointestinal tract. This dosha controls the body temperature, hunger, thirst, anger and sexual desire. It is linked to our ability to perceive reality and understand things as they are.
In a more subtle level, pitta is our ability to digest the information received through the senses. This dosha represents the mental digestion, the determination, the courage and it is related to what yoga calls the real intelligence, which is the ability to distinguish right from wrong.
A Pitta person is usually of e medium constitution with a good development of the muscles and tissues. The face is also medium in size, not too large not too thin, angular with a red complexion, warm and shiny.
The skin is warm, moist, pink, with a tendency to acne. The head is also medium in size and angular, the forehead usually has some prominences and the lips are medium sized and red.
A pitta mind is intelligent, penetrating, critical, natural leader. The characteristics that manifest on the positive side are: intelligence, courage, determination and acuity of perception. On the negative side, a Pitta mind may be too critical and with a tendency towards anger, irritability and hatred.
KAPHA DOSHAThe energy of lubrication and structure
Kapha etymologically means "that which holds things together" or "that which gives moisture" and is composed mainly of water and secondarily of earth. Our physical body is composed mainly of Kapha Dosha.
Just like the mucus, Kapha has the following qualities: cold, liquid, heavy, oily, slow, smooth, damp, static, viscous.
Water is found in body fluids (gastric fluid, saliva, tears, mucus, etc.). The earth is present in the solid tissues of the body (bones, nails, skin, hair, etc..) Dosha This is the nourishing and supporting the functioning of the body, representing the support vehicle or other doshas. The main sites for Kapha are the chest and the stomach.
Kapha is responsible for the connection between cells, tissues and organs and also for the growth of the body. Kapha helps preserve and protect the tissues from the movement of Vata, contributing to the flexibility and the strength of body. Kapha is the main substance composing our body, offering emotional support in life. Kapha is also linked to the adequate assimilation of knowledge.
Generally, Kapha persons have a strong, solid constitution, with a tendency to accumulate weight easily. The skin is white, pale, thick, cold, moist and smooth. The head is usually large, round or square. The waist is pretty large with a development of adipose tissue in the thighs and calves areas.
The Kapha mind is slow, stable and hard to move. On the positive side, the Kapha persons are of a sentimental nature, and they can experience lots of love, devotion and romance. On the negative side, they have too much attachment to people and possessions, too many desires and sometimes can be tempted by negative emotions such as sadness, grief and greed.