Ayurveda teaches us that ”health’ care is ‘self’ care. If you don’t take responsibility for all your actions of body, speech/energy and mind, who will?
Prana (life force, qi) is intelligent. It only needs to be allowed to do what it knows how to do.
We should avoid over-treatment of all kinds or our prana will retreat, thinking we have things taken care of. The body is very conservative, and if it doesn’t have to expend the energy, it won’t. It will do the least amount necessary to keep things functioning.
- If we keep taking vitamins for example, the prana will stop digesting foods after a while and say: “Why do I have to digest this broccoli when I can get it in a pill?” (If you need added supplements use them for a specific reason and period of time, and in food form i.e. soups, green drinks etc. so the body is still encouraged to digest).
- If we always go to a chiropractor when our body is out of alignment, the body will say: “energy flow and alignment is taken care of, so I can just ‘sit back’ and conserve”.
- If we take medicine every time we have a cold or fever or whatever, the body will again not work for our ultimate benefit. And medicines are suppressive, and more often than not, will force ‘issues’ deeper into our physiology, which will cause deeper conditions to form. These are often taken to be ‘unrelated’ instead of what was once a problem has now just gotten a bit more difficult to deal with.
The four main principals in Ayurveda to be aware of are:
This also includes exercise. Taking care of ourselves and never expending more than 50% of our energy. If we go below 50%, it is harder and takes longer to replenish. The older we get it takes even longer…
Beyond just physical shelter, we also need to feel protected, or our minds will be expending energy looking over our shoulders all the time.
To eat according to constitution, while being mindful of our life stage, climate we are in, and amount of stress we are under etc. Replenish liquids and food in ways that support digestion.
We need relationships that are emotionally satisfying. This does not mean romantic relationships necessarily, which are oftentimes full of drama, and can be less than fulfilling. Connection with like-minded persons that make us feel supported.