Freedom from ailment depends upon escalating our consciousness, bringing it into equilibrium, and then extending that balance to the body.
The two key principles of Ayurveda are 1) the mind and the body are inseparably connected, and 2) nothing has more supremacy to heal and transform the body than the mind.
Founding a healthy connection between our mind and body helps us transference from imbalance to balance. And when we’re in an optimal state of homeostasis, we naturally tend to attend to our body and make selections that support balance, happiness, and wellbeing. The following five mind-body principles will help you cultivate balance in all aspect
Healthy Diet – “You are what you eat” In Ayurveda, Balanced diet includes the six tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) in each meal. Eating only sweet, salty, sour taste can lower metabolism. The pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes are anti-inflammatory and increase metabolism. These tastes are found in food such as ginger, mustard, peppers, spinach, turmeric & lettuce. Seasonal & fresh vegetables, milk, fruits, most grains, mung dal, and almonds increase balance in mind. Always eat slightly less than what your hunger demands & at regular times.
Mindful sleep & awakening – Sleep helps us to rejuvenate, repair, and revive our system. Go to bed before 10:00 p.m., the Kapha time of night. This time generates a deep, restful sleep that truly refreshes mind and body. Falling asleep after 10:00 p.m. produces a more restless sleep, and you will be more likely to wake up in the night with restlessness & emotional distress. Wake up before sunrise, which is BRAHMAMUHURTA (GOD’s Time), the morning period an hour and a half before sunrise. After a good night’s sleep, the mind is fresh, calm and serene. There is a preponderance of purity in mind at this time, as well as in the atmosphere. Sleeping during the later than 6:00 a.m. causes the channels of communication to be clogged with impurities, leading to a dull mind, depressed moods and slow communication between heart, soul & mind.
Exercise – Walk outdoors when the sun is rising & experience the morning’s first rays while practicing pranayama breathing. Incorporate a yoga sequence as yoga is essential to create balance. Yoga helps move blocked emotions and hormones out of the body. It increases the power of digestive fire and helps improve processing power. Exercise also releases positive neurohormones, elevating mood, and positive thoughts.p>
Meditation– Meditation is transforming the mind that encourages and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. Meditation is one of the most powerful tools for restoring balance to our mind and body.
Healthy Relations-Ayurveda considers balanced, loving, healthy relationships to be a must for long and healthy life. The intimate life is an important, integrated element of being human, and it is as important as eating. Romantic pleasure increases the joy of life, helps maintain psychological balance, and aids further mental and spiritual development.
May you be well nourished!