Are you the type of person who is always thinking? Is it impossible to stay focused on something without voices chattering inside your head? You are in meeting with your colleagues and suddenly you think , “Do I need to buy a cucumber for dinner?”. There’s no link to the business you are about to negotiate and a cucumber, but your “Monkey-mind” doesn’t care or stop. It’s time to say “No! You will stay calm because you are under my control”
Take a look inside your brain
There are many people in your head. Take time to get to know them. Let me introduce you to the closest family members you never knew you had. At your right, you can see the Judge. He has a strong sense of justice. After each thing you do, he will check your book of beliefs and personal laws and tell you what is good, bad, wrong, true, normal or not. Sitting close to him is your Ego. The ego is acting like a snake that is really hungry. What is the ego hungry for? Status, rewards and expectations. Look behind the sofa and there is a shy doe. Her main activity is a strong memory. When you try to do something new, she will remind you of all the reasons you must not do it. This doe is full of fear and afraid of everything. “Oh no stop! Johnny is going to break everything!” Finally, there’s your monkey-mind that jumps between the past and the future. I tried to catch him, without success.
Like 5 fingers of your hand
The Judge, Ego-Snake, Afraid-Doe, Monkey-Jumper and you. Yes, and you because you are not your mind. You need to play your role. You are the spectator at the Cinema. You are in front of a really messy movie. The judge says “It’s not good for you to eat that pop-corn”. The ego replies “You deserve a better meal”. The doe says, “It will be hard to loss all those calories”. The Monkey says, “Should I subscribe to the gym again?”. You can’t fight them because they are members of your family. Instead, I suggest you to listen them and treat each voice as an adviser but not necessarily the truth. Each member of your family is playing their role. None of them have the ability to see the whole picture like you do. You are the observer of this show.
Your new career
As you have probably already guessed, this family need a good psychologist. Each member is different and needs to be treated specially. If you listen carefully to the judge you will understand your book of law and rules. This book probably needs an update because it was created during your childhood. Please give him this tip for me “There is no fact, only point of view”. The Ego-Snake lives in an artificial paradise where he remembers all things you have already achieved in your life. (Mostly about how you define yourself). He is a real competitor. He wants to defend all his titles (Status, beliefs) and win another. His most important problem comes from his attachment to trophies. When he thinks someone wants to attack his titles, he reacts brutally. You can tell the ego-snake “All those trophies are fake. They have no value because they don’t define who you really are. People really only value their own trophies. Nobody wants to take your. Don’t take things personally”.
Bananas and whispering
The shy doe will be probably be stuck in the waiting room in front of your cabinet. Give her a hug, Take her aside and whisper “Don’t worry. The future is not the past. You can’t predict what will happens but if you think something wrong will happen, obviously you will create this reality”. Finally, you can attract your monkey-mind with delicious bananas on the table. When the present is attractive, he doesn’t want to jump everywhere. Similarly, if you choose the life you want, you won’t need to go in an imaginary fairytale.
Do your best in each situation. Give your best, not less (Regrets) or not more (You will lose too much energy). Your best is enough. You will avoid lot of self-depreciation and problems. Take care of you and your new family. Hari Om!
Sometimes, you think it’s hard to change your bad habits. You are feeling strained by your work, and you just want order pizza when you go back home, because you feel too lazy or tired to cook healthy food. But the fact is, these bad habits will create more tiredness. Now it’s time to change thanks to the following five steps.
You are what you eat
Everything you eat spreads in your body, in the form of nutrients. It rejuvenates your body, your cells and the digestive and immune system. All aspects of your life could be impacted by bad healthy habits if you don’t take care about what you’re eating. Most diseases begin with a lack of essential nutrients. Not only physically, but your mental health could also be affected through depression, deficit attention, exhaustion. If you want to succeed in all different fields of your life, you need energy. The best way to increase your energy level is to understand the consequences of your actions. It gives you the power to change your habits for the better.
Achieve a better comprehension of yourself
In our modern world, we don’t take time to enjoy meals. Each part of our food is chewed, digested and ejected without consciousness. When you see an advertisement about the latest delicious manufactured pizza available, you like the idea of the taste of this pizza, but when you’re eating the pizza, do you really enjoy the taste? We need to be careful about ideas created artificially by the mind and the realm of the experience. By the same way of consequences, pay attention to digestive consequences after meals. After few days of awareness, you will link what you have eaten with your stomach problems. After that, you could remove infectious food from your eating lifestyle.
Long-term vision Vs short-term vision
What is the most important for you: achieve your success goal or enjoy a short-term pleasure? Does make sense to enjoy a burger for lunch and feel sleepiness at your work? Even, if you feel no consequences of your bad habits in your daily life, the effect will be on the long-term frame. The temporary pleasure no longer justifies the damage done. You are the responsible of the future good achievement of your projects. It includes taking your responsibility for the negative effects of your habits and see the big picture instead of the self-instant gratification.
What’s your excuses?
There will be always excuses for the person who doesn’t wanna change. Don’t tell me you don’t have enough time. I’m sure that it will takes you less time to cut and cook carrots that order junk-food. Don’t say you don’t have the knowledge to cook, if you read me you know perfectly how to use this powerful source of knowledge called internet. Don’t complain about the cost of healthy food when your MacDonald’s bills are the double or triple cost of vegetables. If you think you will lost the taste of the food and feeling the taste of radish (I’ve already told you, I hate radish?) in your mouth for the rest of your life, it’s perfectly wrong. I bet you there is many healthy recipes and ingredients that could give you a better taste than the food you eat currently.
Obviously, if you don’t do search other alternatives, it will not works.
Enjoy the process
Mankind is really bad about self-discipline, especially when they don’t they like to do those things. They can stand new habits for long time, but at the end it will fail because they don’t take pleasure. The purpose of life is not to impose restrictions in order to achieve goals. Instead, you must think “How can do two shots with the same stone? How can be healthier and enjoy more pleasurable food?”. Sometimes all you have to do is ask and you’ll find the answer. Remember that most of the time expectations and realities that you created in your mind, are only effective in your mind, not in the real world.
“Ayurveda means the science of life”. It is a science that encompasses the whole of life and which relates the life of the individual to that of the universe. As such, it is open to and includes all life, and all methods that bring us into greater harmony with life. It is one with all life, a knowledge that belongs to all living beings, not a system imposed upon them, but a resource to be drawn upon freely and to be adopted to the unique needs of the individual in his/her particular environment.”
“Mother of all Healing” – deals integrally with body, mind, and soul
Aim of Ayurveda is perfect health or life established in perfect equilibrium
2 main objectives:
1. To prolong life & to promote perfect health (quality & quantity)
2. To completely eradicate sickness & disfunctions of the body
“Whose Doshas are balanced, whose appetite is good, whose tissues function normally, whose excretory system is in equilibrium and whose self, mind, and senses remain full of joy.”
Ayurveda works to restore our basic nature and allows us to live in harmony with it. It gives us the knowledge of how to live in complete harmony according to our unique constitution (Prakriti). Disease arises when we deviate from that basic state of health (Vikriti).
1st step: acceptance and understanding of our nature.
Determination of constitution is necessary (physical and mental).
Give out Doshic Quiz.
2nd step: put into action a lifestyle that balances our nature in order to optimize our individual capacities – physical, mental, and spiritual.
State of Health is natural – Ayurveda seeks to restore harmony to all parts of a person’s life.
By doing so we gradually awaken the body’s inner intelligence.
Pure lifestyle awakens this inner voice.
Explain the Doshas – 2 handouts
Human body is viewed as being formed by the cohesion of the 5 elements which combine to form:
Vata (air & ether) – air contained in ether
Pitta (water & fire) – fire contained in water
Kapha (water & earth) – water contained in earth
Three Doshas give the body various distinctive characteristics
They are the 3 principles controllers of our physiology.
The Doshas are recognizable by their attributes.
An excess or definciency of these qualities will indicate a similar excess or deficiency of the Dosha.
Example: excess heat will increase Pitta
Too much dryness will increase Vata, but will decrease Kapha.
Everything around us possesses these attributes: environment, thoughts, relationships, food, emotions.
We can see them at work in all energies, objects, and situations.
We can learn how to use them to balance our own Doshas through lifestyle and diet.
Primary qualities of the Doshas:
Vata – dry, cold, light & mobile (effect of the wind)
Pitta – hot, moist, light, mobile (nature of the blood or acid secretions of the stomach)
Kapha- wet, cold, moist, heavy, slow – ( nature of phlegm or stagnant water)
Shiva and Shakti are the basics of Tantra philosophy. The essence of Shiva and Shakti are undifferentiated unity. They cannot be separated.
Shiva is represented as the unmanifest, formless, consciousness and Shakti the manifested formed, energy not only in the cosmic sense, but also in each and every individual. Everything that exists has consciousness and manifestations, and every manifestation has consciousness within it. In Tantra this consciousness is called Shiva and its manifestation is called Shakti. So in the ultimate sense they are one and the same.
The union of Shiva and Shakti is the supreme experience. This has different name in different groups. Some call it nirvana, samadhi, oneness or para, Bindu, Brahma. Para, Bindu can be considered as a point in which everything that has the potential to be expressed is contained.. It contains three qualities so it ialso called sugana Bindu.
This Para Bindu creates three Gunas- sattwa, raja and tama, it becomes Tri Bindu. This Tri Bindu Shakti that encloses a space is in the form of a triangle with the apex pointing downwards. It is also said Shakti has three eyes which are symbolized by sun, moon and fire. These sun, moon and fire represent the three nadis in the spine: Ida, Pingala and Sushumna respectively. And this triangle is also called the body of Shakti - knowledge power, action power and will power the three necessary qualities of creation.
Sattwa: Sattva is the state of purity, wisdom and harmony and equilibrium between consciousness and energy, purusha and prakriti, Maha Shiva and Maha Shakti.
Raja: Raja is the state of desire, movement and it is maya shakti, the dynamic aspect of shiva, consciousness which continuously creates different forms.
Tama: Tama is ignorance, inertia and slowness and it is maya shiva, consciousness stripped of its power and veiled by the action of maya shakti.