" When you look deeply you begin to understand, the moment when you understand, compassion is born in your heart. And then it is possible for you to forgive." Thich Nat Han
Charaka, the ancient sage, was perhaps the first to codify the world's oldest continually practiced medical system, Ayurveda. For over 5000 years, Ayurveda has been the holistic medical system practiced by millions in India and through out the globe, and now this ancient wisdom is coming to the West, as a result of the popularity of Ayurveda's sister-science, Yoga.
Ayurveda, Yoga, and Tantra are a sacred trinity of systems the ancient Rishis (seers) practiced to develop the individual towards liberation. Ayurveda develops the individual's body, Tantra the mind, and Yoga the spirit. Practiced together, the individual achieves an ideal, integrated balance of physical health, mental focus, and spiritual enlightenment.
In our rapid modern time, we find it hard to do the things necessary to reach the harmony that Ayurvedic sages have taught us, although we know what it is we need to do, we often find excuses for our behaviors and we procrastinate actions that would lead us towards better health. Many of us get bogged down from all our the modern demands and we fall into the pattern of negative thought. In general 80% of most humans thoughts are negative. Daily we struggle with self -judgment and criticism, thus feeding the cycle of limited self development and overall wellness and health.
So what do we do to change this? Most start by setting unrealistic goals of yoga, tantra and Ayurvedic health practices, saying they will practice yoga 5 days a week, only eat healthy home cooked Ayurvedic food, and practice meditation and tantric breathing exercises every day for an hour. This is an unrealistic! I would like to suggest to you to take the step of finding forgiveness for yourself and those who have impacted us negatively as the first step..... So how do we do this? Its simple, its with love. More love, more compassion, form ourselves, for ourselves and to others. Start by making friends with yourself. Be willing to truly know who you are, what you're doing or not doing, and why. And then team up with yourself to do whatever is necessary to bring yourself back into love, and the health and balance you seek will follow quite easily.
Once you commit to re-establishing self- love, now focus on the necessary attribute for self-change. This Ayurvedic or yogic concept is known as"Tapas," . Tapas is Sanskrit for "inner fire." Tapas refers to austerity, determination, and the willingness to do whatever is necessary to bring yourself back into balance and health. In order to be successful in this we must identify and acknowledge your crimes against wisdom or your contributions to your own ill health. Then, instead of beating yourself up about it, realize your inner empowerment. Accept the reality that you've helped cause your illnessor imbalances. In this, it provides the power of Tapas and can stop causing your illness. This realization can now bring you back onto the path of Dharma and renewed health.
Now with this self love and self realization you have the force behind you to do something about your health. Draw upon your inner resources, your courage and resolve, your patience and perseverance. Reach out to your family and friends, Ayurvedic books, therapists, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, the internet, get all the information and assistance you can. Be willing to let go of the past to move forward into a future of wellness. Change your diet, change your job, change your life – Reach down inside yourself and find the Tapas to heal yourself. In the end No one can heal you, they can only assist you, you are the one that needs to do the work to heal yourself. You got this!
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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.