‘Nourishment’ blog post January 2017
This weekend just gone I began the next step in my continuing studies. I spent 3 days at with a great group of people learning about Ayurveda.
‘Ayus’ means life and ‘veda’ is knowledge or wisdom. The study of auyrveda is the study of life so that we may have greater understanding of how things are. It deals with ‘being’. It provides understanding of our physical make up covering everything from our environment, our natural body types, the food we eat and the types of illness we may encounter.
Yoga, as many of you who practice may know, deals with the mind- it helps us ‘be’ better in our minds.
Ayurveda deals with the body, Yoga deals with the mind.
Yoga is a tool of Ayurveda- and Ayurveda is a tool of Yoga.
This weekend we were looking at the first fundamental pieces of information we needed to understand to be able to approach this subject.
One of these was to understand that nourishment of the body/mind is a 2 way street. Choosing to do something nourishing can make me feel better. Feeling better makes it more likely that I will choose to do the same thing again. The body influences the mind and the mind influences the body.
This sounds so completely obvious it’s hard to work out how anything could possibly, ever go wrong with this model. And yet I can recognise many, many times day by day where I don’t do this- I have dysfunction in choices about what to do, when to do it and how.
For example; I choose to be busy most days and I might grab something for lunch, like a sandwich, which might give me a stomach ache and not be quite enough food in the middle of the day to keep me going till I get home- by 4pm I am hungry again and tired and grumpy because I’ve had pains in my belly half the day so will find myself reaching for the coffee and biscuits so I ‘feel’ better in my mind because the biscuits are a treat (and I deserve that because I’ve worked hard and the belly ache has made me sad) and more awake because the coffee and sugar have stimulated my body.
When I read the above description of my choices on a working day it sounds absurd and yet I would probably say that description fits accurately to more of my working days over the last 3 years than days where I have not repeated that pattern of choices. The obvious solution to that cycle of dysfunction is for me to have a more nourishing lunch. Sounds simple; is simple, and yet how viagra com coupon many of you would agree with me when I say “Easier said than done!”?!
Mulling over this made me remember one of the important Yoga Sutras ‘heyam dukham anagatam’ which means ‘avoid suffering yet to come’. Basically what that is saying is, “If you know something is not good for you- don’t do it!”.
This all made me realise how easy it is for me to forget things I think I know.
Cultivating strong habits requires practice- I will be cultivating my habits by replacing the cry of “Easier said than done!” with “Sounds easy- if I choose to do it like this then it will be easy”
Our teacher Anne shared with us the blessing of a rather wonderful practice- a simple chant which can remind us to choose to look after ourselves.
The chant reminds us to nourish all aspects of ourselves- the way we are, the things we see, hear, say think and feel can be nourishing- or they can be the opposite. The more we remember to choose to nourish the less we will forget!
We are going to be learning and practicing this chant together over the coming weeks and beyond.