We know that we need to relax more often, be more caring, eat better food and take more exercise but where do we start?
How many of us, without caring to admit it, are searching for something that always seems to be just out of reach, whether it be health, wellbeing, inner contentment, peace and serenity, clarity about our path in life, awareness, self-approval or even, simply, happiness. How many of us have searched for meaning in our lives, for something better outside the muddle and chaos that exist around us?
There is a way! Ayurveda is a proven method for creating effective and lasting improvements to health. No quick fixes, pills of instant therapy, but a tried and tested 5000-year-old system of preventative medicine that is cost-effective and risk-free.
Ayurveda is the single most effective and durable means we can enable individuals to achieve health, enhanced self-esteem and improved relationships with family, friends and colleague. Wise Ayurveda empowers individuals and enhances self-worth and self-esteem.
How Does Ayurveda Work?
Directly translated Ayurveda means ‘The Science of Life’. It's one of the oldest forms of healing the world has known with its origins dating back more than five thousand years and is a system of medicine and a philosophy for living in harmony with nature.
There are, in fact, many critical elements that make Ayurveda more relevant to Western society at this point in time than ever before.
Stresses and distractions have made us lose touch with the most important aspects of life. In the steady acceleration of our ways of living, we have forgotten how to be aware, how to respond with intuition to our surroundings and how to take care of ourselves and others and how to communicate through understanding. We have lost touch with the natural rhythms and cycles of nature and with the creative act of living in harmony with these elements.
Ayurveda traces the roots of our illness to our responses to encounters in our lives. The contrasting pressures of expansion or contraction in our working lives, of re-structuring and re-organization, creates stresses and tensions that undermine health, morale and productivity. These stresses have the effect of separating us from our family, our friends and our colleagues.
Ayurveda relieves stress and enables us to create health, wellbeing and balance. This is achieved in a structured way, using nutrition and a range of techniques and daily practices underpinned by a philosophy of mindfulness towards ourselves and all life forms and to our planet. This philosophy is rooted in the certainty that we are all elements in a living, breathing organism – Mother Earth – and that everything that we do that conspires to damage a part (ourselves) also damages the whole. Health is an issue that links the individual to society in every respect!
It is our right to be healthy: we are born to be vibrant, creative living beings. We are born to be joyful and balanced. When we lose our connection to the wholeness of life, when we become distracted from the natural state of harmony and connectedness, then we become “dis-eased”.
How does Ayurveda help us to achieve health?
In Ayurveda, there are no shortcuts, no easy fixes to this state of balance. Ayurveda teaches us to pay attention to our inner world and to the exterior environment. It teaches us to recognize our needs and to respond to them. Ayurveda teaches us the critical role that nutrition plays in our lives, and how different body types, or doshas, have different nutritional, emotional and physical requirements. It teaches us the importance of breath, the greatest free gift we have from nature, without which we wouldn’t survive, but which is so taken for granted, and it teaches us of the profound role that sound plays in our lives, even since our time in the womb.
We develop our intuition and ability to hear and feel our needs through mindfulness, through structured practice, on a day–to-day basis, using tried and tested blueprints for action. This concept of mindfulness is known as “Sadhana”.
Sadhana encompasses what we eat, think and say and how these factors are linked to how we behave and interact with our surroundings – with our family, our home life and our work. Sadhana also takes account of the music we listen to the books we read and the media we allow to enter our lives. Most importantly, Sadhana teaches us that all of these factors, the natural world and the cycles of nature, the built environment and the structure of our home life and our physical and spiritual selves can be brought into balance to create wellness.
Being at ease, being balanced and being alive to the real pleasures in life is how we are meant to be – our natural state. When we lose touch with this truth, when we smother our natural awareness we become unhealthy, ill at ease with our lives and those around us, uncomfortable with our bodies and unable to interact and be a part of the pulse of life. If anyone needed proof of the spread of “dis-ease” look at the increase in depression, heart attacks, cancer, asthma, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and a whole host of work-related illnesses.
For many years our culture has adopted a prescriptive “pill-popping” approach to these illnesses in an attempt to address health issues. It does not work. Short term responses never work.
The most powerful and effective way to achieve and maintain health is from within. When we feel and fully experience our bodies, we can provide them with the key elements that create the most powerful and enduring state of health, contentment.