My blog is to provide the research information I gathered on my healing journey so that you can take from it what you need/want and use it for your own soul search and healing journey. My blog also chronicles my healing path and my transition from my old self into my new self. In finding my authentic self I realized that a holistic lifestyle is what I have been searching for in my life up until now. I feel at peace and calm which makes me happy and thrilled to have reached this place….finally.
Before a holistic lifestyle
Living the way I was before I became so sick was not working for me in any way. I wasn’t eating foods that were beneficial for my body, I was not taking time for myself, I was a giver and gave more than I had to give to many people with nothing in return. They continually sucked my energy and left me depleted. I learned that I had toxic people in my life and that I needed to remove them so that I could find myself instead of pleasing them by being and doing what they thought I should be doing and what they wanted me to be for them. I was not sleeping or exercising the way I should have been and all things meditation were none existent. I had a stressful job, stressful relationships and I was extremely unhealthy and unhappy.
In my transformation I found my true self, my authentic self, I learned how to eat for my body constitution, and how to take care of myself in mind, body and soul. In this process I found that I believe in a holistic lifestyle, that living this kind of life is easy for me, it comes natural and I saw a change in my health immediately. I have much more to learn about holistic health and I wake up every morning looking forward to the next learning experience I will encounter.
Since it is an ancient art, many professionals and scholars disregard it as science, and claim the ideas lack logic and practicality. This is a misconception; just like every branch of science, first came the philosophies, then the science. Fortunately, experts today are now researching and increasingly accepting it as a science, and recognizing it’s effectiveness and widespread application.
Some of the main ideas:
- Energy is the ultimate resource– in Ayurveda it is believed that each and every phenomena in the world are caused by the energy around us. Also, every living and non-living being is made up of these energies. It further divides these into two categories; the tridosha and the triguna. The triguna govern all that happens in the universe; while the tridosha is the energies that make up a living being. There is a constant flow of energy from one to the other.
- Sight is not always right– another important idea is that just because you have seen something does not mean you have seen it right. Slightly confusing, but according to this, different individuals might view a particular thing as different; due to the difference in their prakriti.
- A treatment is not what cures the symptoms, but cures the illness– in the West, medical science specialists typically try to remedy the ailment by fighting its symptoms. In the view of Ayurveda, this is not the solution. Eliminating the symptoms only hides the problem, it does not solve it. Ayurvedic living eliminates the root of the problem; that is, why the problem occurred in the first place.
- We are what we eat– diet is of special significance and value in Ayurveda. In addition to gaining proper nutrition, the importance of the selection of food is also highlighted in this. For this, Ayurveda dictates the 6 tastes and qualities. Also, the tridosha are connected with digestion in one or more form, and food is concerned the major source of energy. This energy might be good, which maintains the balance; or it can be bad, that it can cause imbalance in the energies.
- Side-effects are a sign of ineffective treatment– Ayurvedic specialists believe that a treatment should not have no side-effects. If the remedy causes problems, then it cannot be regarded as healing.
- Every individual is unique– this means that every person is born with their own unique balance of the tridosha, which is called their prakriti. This balance is to be maintained for proper health. All the treatments of Ayurveda are focused on treating any imbalance in the prakriti.
- Balance is the solution to all problems– In addition to the balance of the tridoshas, it is also important that there is a balance between these and all the energies of the universe. A consistent flow of energy of throughout the universe is highly essential.
All the knowledge of Ayurveda is based on these ideas, and understanding these will help you apply it better, and live longer, happier, and healthier!
Ayurveda beauty rituals
Holistic beauty: To slow down; meditate, receiving of yourself to find balance, pleasure in daily rituals. Doshas have three body types although everyone has all three but ususally one is most predominant. Vata, Pitta & Kapha.
I am a Vata
For detoxing: dry body brushing awakens the lymphatic system by getting blood and organs stimulated, cool showers, oil pulling to clear toxins from the body, eating more oils like avocados, ghee, butter that are lubricants that the body needs to thrive. Scrape the tongue gently, working from back to front. Use seven to 14 strokes to cover the entire area. This not only rids the tongue of ama, but also unearths the taste buds, awakening the gastric fire for another day of savoring food.
Philosophy – characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
Medical – characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
Lifestyle definition: the way in which a person or group lives.
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