You can create the happiest and best-version of yourself when you bust your old belief system and, with awareness, come into clarity without making anyone wrong. I must say, Yoga and meditation can clearly help you achieve happiness.
I hope this blog helps you understand beliefs that keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns. You truly desire to break free from being stuck and are searching for new ways feeling suffocated in the present way things are going with health, relationships, love, romance, intimacy or anything that’s important to you.
The ancient scriptures speak highly of goals in life. We have choices to do whatever we want on Earth but if we want to live optimally then there are some Universal rules to understand. At the end, it’s all up to you how you live your life.
As the great Charaka writes (one of the greatest contributors to writing the Ayurveda text we know today as the Charaka Samhita), good health stands at the root of virtuous acts, acquiring wealth, fulfilling desires and the final release from the bondage of karmic cycles.
Disease is the destroyer of health, well being and life. It manifests itself as a great obstacle in the purpose of human life.
- Dharma is associated with deep soul connections, inferring to right actions.
- Artha is the attainment of wealth and material possessions.
- Kama is the fulfillment of worldly desires, pleasures and sex.
- Moksha is ultimate liberation.
Arogya (Sanskrit – meaning health) represents a balance and equilibrium of the dhatus (body tissues) without disease. Health is essential for achieving these 4 pursuits of life, one suffering may be incapable of performing any acts conducive to the attainment of any of these 4 objects.
Happiness is the ultimate goal of human life. For this, balance of mental, physical, spiritual and social health and well being is essential. Ayurveda is the method through one can overcome suffering in order to attain their desired happiness during this human birth.
Which is your Purpose in Life?
This may be a good place for you to reflect on your life if have questioned what your life is all about, feel out of balance with noticing way too many complexities that you can’t make sense out of, have accumulated monetary richness and success but feel unhappy and empty inside, don’t feel like you ever get right opportunities or meet the right person to be in your life.
It is extremely important that our goals of life should be very very clear. Just as before starting a journey you want to be very clear about the destination. The same analogy applies before starting any worldly or spiritual effort, one should very clear on what is being attempted to be achieved – the goal. What will ultimately fulfill you?
The purpose of life upon Earth is to free the self from the false identity of ego (ahamkara), leading a balanced life to attain both material comforts and human passions with their own balance, structure and order. No matter what happens in life, you are able to understand your purpose and find new paths to get back on track.
It is a key concept in Hinduism, and refers to the four proper goals or aims of a human life. The four puruṣārthas are:
- Dharma (righteousness, moral values)
- Artha (prosperity, economic values-results oriented)
- Kāma (pleasure, love, psychological values)
- Mokṣha (liberation, spiritual values)
Dharma is considered more important than Artha or Kama in Hindu philosophy. Moksha is considered the ultimate ideal of human life although all four Puruṣārthas are important. While dharma and moksha are accelerating one’s own spiritual journey, wealth and sex are pursued for the sake of benefiting others and being connected to community.
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is one of several conditions known as an anxiety disorder.
Mayo Clinic oncologist, Edward T. Cregan M.D., explains coping with traumatic stress is an ongoing process. He explains we’ll be of more help to our loved one (to ourselves) if we learn about the effects of trauma. Psychology Today reports PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults. It is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, gambling, eating and anxiety disorders. It affects about 1 in 10 people, characterized by reliving a psychologically traumatic situation, long after any physical danger involved has passed.
MEDITATIONS & YOGA can help shift the mind:
People begin seeking all kinds of answers like why me, what is the purpose of all this, how do I move on? It is the individual’s self-discovery to understand how to unravel the mystery of pain. When this journey begins unfolding, it is an opportunity to connect to your higher self to find answers. Here are 4 tips to start with:
HERE’s WHAT TO DO DAILY – Meditate: Change Mind (Thinking Patterns)!
- Create a loving practice you do daily to overcome the past feelings
- Practice Yoga Nidra (a powerful self-awareness meditation practice)
- Meditation helps rewire and strengthen a new pattern when recurring thoughts, feeling overwhelmed, frightened or symptoms return.
- Stay active
- Take care of yourself
- Seek social support and find like-minded people
- Have faith, Believe in yourself
Be authentic about who you are! Knowing your dosha can help you be even more genuine and appreciate your gifts instead of comparing, feeling less than or superior to others.
The universal rule applies at all times as we go about our daily lives:
- Stay away from whining, gossiping, blaming and being manipulative.
- Don’t have any expectations, expectations leads to disappointments.
- Simply begin appreciating everything around you without expectations and as you ooze “appreciation”, you become attractive automatically.
You have the power to change the course of your direction immediately when you run into negative people. How? With a clear mind when we daily focus on practices such as meditation. Without a clear mind, confusion breeds a danger zone.
Knowing your dosha can help take away uncertainty about some things that don’t make sense. The three doshas have their unique qualities.
Kapha (Earth & Water) dosha is a natural at being sincere, loving, warm, caring. When off balance, they may try to be right about who they are and what they do steering their point of view until everyone is sick of it.
Pittas (Fire & Water) are fun, playful but have to be careful not to get competitive or aggressive. They have a tendency to take charge and get in control. Looking good is very important to them so an imbalance can lead to perfectionism and showing up as perfect.
Vatas (Air & Space) love to be playful, funny, all over the place without structure. When insecurities begin creeping up, they need validation and certainty about their appearance or what they are doing. Fear and worrying begins lingering around their behavior causing them to become defensive.
Isn’t technology supposed to make your life easy?
In today’s mechanical era of the “space-age”, the workload and problems continue to increase, despite the ease of scheduling, communicating and getting work done virtually. People lay in bed for hours staring at their computer or phone mindlessly. Is it communication or getting work done? People are losing the concept of time, grabbing food and drinks on the go while completing tasks and conversation as they continue to stare at their connected device while eating. The body begins to get neglected and this is the beginning of symptoms to a disease like anxiety, insomnia, weaknesses, fatigue, low energy and inflammation.
So what’s the problem?
There are two key behavior issues here:
- Compulsive behavior with technology
- Laziness associated with not having to use your own brain power to do things.
Speaking of brain power and laziness, this reminds me of a 90 year old client several years ago. She was a sharp and funny German woman. Her visit was scheduled regularly after having her hair done once a month adamantly telling the stylist to finish on time because she did not want to be late for her math class. Already a brilliant mind, her message to me was to always keep my brain sharp with math, no matter how old I get. Sadly today, the most fascinating part of the human body, the brain, is not utilized to it’s fullest capabilities. We rely on a machine to do all the work while the human mind gets frustrated.