Ayurveda contains the knowledge of human existence on this planet. It teaches you not only diet and nutrition, yoga and meditation, but also wisdom and flexibility of mind. It teaches you how to understand this human life experience.
Most of the Western Education tends to separate and divide sciences into its own compartments and rarely bring into focus the wholesome representation of understanding our place in Nature.
Ayurveda has done just that. Beyond herbs and diet that help you prevent and cure diseases, Ayurveda aims to help you understand the Mind. To do this, this ancient wisdom of life explains how this world as you know it today came to being.
Almost two years have gone since the World halted in its tracks and has worked to reinvent itself due to the war on COVID-19 Virus.
From many different perspectives, religions, beliefs, and politics, the conclusion about the current state of the world is that the direction we were headed, to put it boldly, was not sustainable for the planet and the survival of our human race.
If anything, this virus has offered a moment of pause around the globe. A time to re-evaluate our goals, values, and purpose of our existence. Perhaps even understand that our human bio system can no longer sustain itself within the parameters of societal pressures and the ideals for power, and success.
How can a thing invisible to the eye wipe out the functioning of an entire planet?
Ayurveda’s Daily Routine practice is called Dinacharya. It is a practice of rituals that align your body, mind, and spirit with the universal principles of life and nature.
When you align with the daily flow of nature you synch with your bio clock, and experience improved overall health, productivity, and creativity in your life. Human beings, like all other living things in this world, are responding to the movement of the Sun and Moon across the sky. Following the Sun cycle is what activates and stimulates particular organ functions in our bodies. The Sun anchors our ability for processing, metabolism and transformation, while aligning with the Moon, we align with the flow of being, through growth and repair.
Invite this awareness into your day and meet each day with intention.
According to Ayurveda, the optimal time to wake up is exactly 96 minutes before the Sun rises. This time is also known as Brahmi Muhurta, the purest force of energy. Waking in this hour cosmologically aligns and attunes you with the most pure and powerful energy for creation and transformation.
How do you begin your day? What is your morning process? Your routine? Your habits that set you off to a healthy, productive, happy start of your day? Do you pay attention to the quality of routines that move you from moment to moment, day by day?
While you ponder on what type of routines you follow daily, let me ask you this? When did you realize you have created a habit?
Our entire existence is composed of sets of habits. Routines we follow daily, either be it your morning routine, your office work flow, your bedtime routine, and just even smaller sets of habits, of how you sit and hold your fork in a restaurant, how you read the news, the way you put on your shirt. Even your posture, body language, and the way you behave is a habit.
Habits run our lives. Without them, life would be tedious and very complicated. Habits are not part of your memory in the brain, in fact, they are instinctual. Like the apps in your phone, habits are programs stored in the oldest aspect of brain development, in charge of those primal animal instincts.
How much do you know about your own body’s internal functions? How often do you pay attention to internal cues?
It’s like driving a car. Most of us know how to drive, but have no idea how in fact the car works. Yes we do regularly put fuel, and occasionally add/change the oil, but often times we run the car to the ground, until it really breaks down when we finally take it to the mechanic. Often we hear the words “if you came sooner you could have avoided this now major problem”
Sounds familiar right? The way we treat our car is not much different than the way we treat our body, we use it for its basic needs and neglect its more complex functions. Not because we mean to, but rather from lack of awareness and understanding of the intricate ways our inner biology behaves.
Humans have been around for a few decades to say the least, and we still don’t quite grasp certain internal functions, such as the complete purpose of the Pineal gland, or the creation and function of Vitamin D hormone in our bodies. Yes. Vitamin D is in fact a hormone manufactured by the skin, the body’s largest organ, and an acting endocrine gland.
Most of us know the general parts of a car when looking under the hood.
The question of the century really, as even scientists are not a 100% sure. However, there are some very appealing reasons for sleep and not many to support lack of sleep.The question of the century really, as even scientists are not a 100% sure. However, there are some very appealing reasons for sleep and not many to support lack of sleep.
During my time in Bali last year, I met an amazing soul, a fellow yoga teacher, and a lover of mystical life. She regularly woke before the sun and started about her day of yoga, snorkeling and pranayama-meditation activities. I, on the other hand, enjoyed sleeping in to the very last possible second I could.
She would say, “sleep is a waste of time. It takes our time from experiencing life.” How much more can we accomplish simply if we can live our lives during those hours of sleep. She would even argue that perhaps during sleep, we are being taken in another dimension, where it changes our elemental being, and we then deal with the consequences of sleep in our waking hours. I always thought it is the reverse anyway, that while we sleep we deal with what we couldn’t during our waking hours.
A year ago in Morocco on the other hand, while embracing the man driven culture, my friend and coworker explained to me the importance of a man with purpose. He would go on to explain that sleep is for the purposeless. “If you have no purpose, a job, a direction, a way to show off to your family, then you sleep.” To me this sounds as though the act of sleep is a form of punishment. This didn’t sit right with me.
Tantra is a tool to expand your limitations and boundaries beyond your current understanding. Born within the space of Buddhist Philosophy, Tantra was a fraught topic of the esoteric vehicle. It is the Arts of accelerating self and the world development of the Boddhisatva Path.
Through the practice of Tantra, one speeds the process of enlightenment, thus stripping away at the sense of attachment, idealism, and ego self .
“Undigested food in the body is the root cause of disease.”
The Ayurveda Encyclopedia
How long does it take for our awareness to kick in, before we begin respond to our body’s alerts in order to cure, shift, and resist an ailment?
We never really look at what it is we consume, and how the consumed is digesting before examining the aftermath of our symptoms that are causing dis-ease.
So if you look at your history and behavior with food you can, like a detective investigating a murder, uncover your own process of undigested food inside your intestines that has begun feeding the bad bacteria in the gut, thus allowing for toxin build up. In Ayurveda this toxin build up is known as Ama.
Once the toxins grow in your gut, the rest of your functions become compromised, starting with an overstimulated immune system, exaggerated adrenal functions, leading to respiratory challenges that compromise the oxygen amounts in the vital organs from which various elements create imbalance. Then, Ama begins moving, finding the weakest link in the system to settle into and grow. Further we ignore these internal occurrences, deeper the problem grows, until it begins manifesting as physical symptoms perceivable with the senses, of physical visual, and auditory form of pain, such as skin infections and inflammations, bone sensitivity and soreness, chest pains, muscle aches, headaches, and so on.
Slightly overwhelmed to even begin this article, in attempt to shed a different perspective for those who are at least quietly at the edge of looking at the current matter from a semi-objective perspective.
I’ll begin with a few conversations I have had recently with various friends placed in different parts of the world currently. Their main concern is “ The world has gone mad, and I am stressing out because I can’t work and if I can’t work I can’ pay rent and bills.”
So I thought to myself… “really, that is what you are worried about? Money?”
Strolling through Instagram these days, you find all kinds of impressive images of humans all over the world doing unimaginable things and preaching about expanding consciousness and connecting to various different spiritual outlets. As far as trends go, the heightened popularity of Yoga and Meditation in recent years has taken a whole new page into the way of the modern life.
As we all embark on this self development journey, lets remember how to help others, and to do this is is not by creating our expanded awareness into something unfathomable for those who simply see things a different way, but rather, bring it down into a language that can hopefully spark their own truth, in a moment of awakening their being.