Ayurveda... where have you been all my life?



Hello Dear Ones,

My studies of Ayurveda are as rich as anything I have every experienced.  I find myself feeling as though my days are not long enough to experience all that I want to learn, do and be.  

For our learning and exploration together, here are few small pieces:

1.  Ayurveda literally means the "study or science (Ayur) of life (Veda)"
2.  Hatha Yoga (all yoga on a mat where you are moving your body around is Hatha, technically) came forth more than 5 thousand years ago, through meditations; as a mindless, organic expression of what was needed to balance and heal the body.   Hatha Yoga (anything where one is exercising the body) was intended to be a therapy as part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle.
3.  Ayurveda encompasses lifestyle, yoga, diet, herbs (subtle like cinnamon and cloves) and stronger like those used to make prescriptive drugs.
4.  Everything comes forth through the five elements, and the mind is the most potent contributing factor to what takes form in our bodies.  That which is "thought" is a culmination of energy, and those thoughts eventually take form, just as minerals eventually can become stone, or the most beautiful gem.
5.  "If you want to know what your thoughts were yesterday, look at your body today.  If you want to know what your body will look like tomorrow, look at your thoughts today."

Here is a quote from my studies, by David Frawley, for your pondering:

"Ayurveda teaches us that though the causes of things may be complicated or may have come from the distant past... they still exist and can be understood. Once understood, we can correct and prevent their negative effects from arising.  There is an absolute justice in nature through which we can only experience forces that we, ourselves, individually and collectively, have previously set in motion.  This doctrine of responsibility gives us the basis for correcting any wrong actions.  It does not put us under the rule of any external fate or give credence to any type of self-pity or resignation.  It shows us that what we have spoiled we can also make well again, or even better, in time.  It gives us a freedom through which we can arrive at self-mastery.

Ayurveda is not a passive form of treatment.  It does not give the patient a prescription or remedy and send them away.  Instead, it insists that the patient, him/herself, must take an active part in the treatment, for it is only the individual that can change their own chain of cause and effect.  No one and nothing from the outside can do it, as our bondage to cause and effect is rooted deeply in our dependency on the external.  

In Ayurveda, therefore, the state of health is what is our natural state.  We should all be naturally and spontaneously healthy and happy if we merely live in harmony with our own nature.  But we are so caught in a conditioned pattern of ego responses that we confuse our desire nature, which really comes to us from the outside as various conditioned or artificial wants, with our original and true nature.  We indulge ourselves, rather than seek to know and understand ourselves."

Being here, in this sea of Balinese, and their way of being, I am reminded that we need so much less than we have, and that "stuff" creates "stuff", and that if I am able to simplify my life and my daily ways, that my cells will arrange themselves simply as well, and not feel compelled to respond to the chaos that exists in my life, and create like chaos on the inside. 

If we can imagine... there is something beautiful about the economic challenges we face in the U.S.  If we can, see "loss" as simplification... See shrinking portfolios as opportunities to look into one another's eyes and touch one another's hands.   We evolve, whether we like it or not... and we can do so kicking and screaming, or we can open our eyes, take a deep breath, and open our arms and fly to where we are being called.

May we each study, simply, the magic of our lives and all that is within and without.

Bless you, my friends.
Britt