Align with the elemental rhythms of life itself to live the conscious, powerful life of clarity and passion that you were meant.
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Anxiety and depression, which are two sides of the same coin, are on the rise. By-in-large our society today is distracted, distressed, and depleted. Our constant search for more, more, more never enough has us feeling overwhelmed, under supported and unworthy. So many of the habits of our lives and the patterns of our living have us stuck in a state of contraction and dis-ease. AND, this is not the end of the story, this is not what we are stuck with, there is another way.
Have you ever noticed the amazingly graceful and majestically authentic qualities of the natural world? How the day dawns slowly, no rush in the turning of the earth that gently tucks the stars away, and allows the sun to leisurely stretch itself above the horizon giving anticipatory rise to the mystery of a new day. Have you ever noticed how the water patiently, yet powerfully, rains, seeps, mixes and carves a multitude of magnificent landscapes with the earth? How the fish swim in those rivers whose banks are sometimes wide and soft, sometimes narrow and harsh? The cheetahs and gazelles walk through the heat of their lives deeply quenched by these desert oases? The birds flock to take refuge in the arms of the lake and feast on the menu of greens, insects, fish, and... The biting wind, and long-dark nights drive life into hibernation within the silence of snow for a time? The wolves drink from the high mountain springs, which fall sharply as waterfalls, or slowly as streams, watering their brushy banks and carving the beautiful canyons in which we play? The oceans hold the tides of life and mold the earth like clay into the living masterpiece upon which we walk, of which we are a unique and essential part?
Have you ever noticed the way in which we, as humans, are living out of alignment with the universal rhythm of life? How we are spending more and more time inside of our houses, our cars, our offices, our shoes, our devices, our heads, our online realities, etc… How anxiety, depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, cancer, loneliness, diabetes, and a whole host of diseases are on the rise? How a majority of people are living with a sense of lack and unworthiness? How we often feel the overwhelming need to do, fix, change and prove and so we feed the frenzy in a variety of ways? How even our yoga practice can perpetuate this cycle and fuel this fire? How we all have the capacity at any given moment to simply stop? To get close to the earth and look up at the clouds. To look in, to look up, to look out and to remember that we are a piece and a part of the great pattern of life, folding and unfolding as it has done for billions of years.
When we have the great opportunity to bare witness to the wild order and absolute interconnectedness of the natural world, we are awed into a state of humility. From here we can see more clearly the universal rhythm of life and begin to understand the innate wisdom of that pulse. We recognize and release our hubris notion that we can (or need to) perfect the pattern of life. Instead, we are invited to:
- align with its powerful rhythm,
- acknowledge and honor our small but unique and essential part in the intricate evolution of all things,
- live, fully supported, the lives of passion and purpose that each and every one of us was meant.
Empowering Yourself Through the Art and Science of Ayurveda
From the wisdom that lies within the natural, universal rhythm of life itself, Ayurveda was born. Often dubbed the sister science of yoga, this ancient tradition seeks to help us understand and align with the elemental patterns of life so that we live in a state of optimal health and wellness – body, mind, heart and soul. In this science, which is used in many eastern medical modalities, we use the innate qualities of the foundational elements of life: earth, water, fire, air and ether.
These 5 elements, which are considered to be the building blocks of everything that is in existence, mix to make up the 3 Doshas, the bio-rhythms that govern the flow of life. The 3 Doshas are:
Kapha: Consisting of earth and water, whose properties are stable, slow, steady, enduring, cool, heavy and moist.
Pitta: Consisting of water and fire, whose properties are motivating, focused, digestive, sharp, hot and oily.
Vata: Consisting of air and ether, whose properties are movement, creative and imaginative, uncontained, dispersive, cold, light and dry.
It is important to note that though we differentiate for deeper understanding of the building blocks and bio-rhythms of life, these all interplay with each other and are woven together on a continuum that create the diversity of life. For example, a tree has more Kapha than a butterfly, which has more Vata or a cheetah, which has more Pitta. But all of these expressions of life have a bit of the other elements and doshas within them.
Just like the natural world, everyone has a unique make-up of the elements and different amounts of each dosha. Here is a link to a good “quiz” that can point you in a more clear direction of your own unique expression. http://www.eattasteheal.com/ETH_dosha.htm To get a more accurate assessment of your make-up of the doshas, it is recommended that you see and Ayurvedic Doctor or Specialist.
Upcoming Posts for Empowering Yourself:
- Aligning with the Daily Rhythms of Life through the Doshas
- Aligning with the Seasonal Rhythms of the Life through the Doshas
- 10 Things You Can Do This Spring to Empower Yourself with the Rhythm of Life