what would you be saying?
& what would they be telling you?
Here’s a Lah Life Challenge:
Here is one of those bla bla truisms I tell my kids and found myself reminding my self the other day:
This is a challenge that has everything to do with authenticity.
Being who you really are feels good. It’s a fundamental aspect of being comfortable in your own skin. It creates a self-fulfilling environment so others can believe in you too.
So how to do it?
Try these 3 quiz-steps to knowing thyself!
1. Personal Strengths: Take this Quiz (Click Here and take the VIA Strengths Survey) then accentuate the positive by putting yourself in situations where you can use the top 3-5 strengths more often.
2. Your Unique Constitution: Take this quiz (click here) and then try to eat, act and be in accordance with your constitution. This may mean ignoring a fad that sounds great but does not suit you.
3. Take a Moment and Think: Think about what you loved doing as a child, what activities and situations give you the greatest pleasure and which the least, make a note of when you have that ‘Santosha Feeling’, (the feeling of deep contentment when you are in the flow of life and feel like you are floating downstream on a warm lovely current rather than battling the cold rapids upstream.) These are generally times when you are being most yourself.
“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” May Sarton
btw: happy birthday ngh — a most ‘himself’ sort of lad.
These are all parts of a whole known as the subtle body science of YOGA and it has everything to do with the mind, not to mention the emotional life. And dare I say, the spirit!
These techniques are all part of a Vedic system of health designed to purify and transform. They each promote self-awareness and can start you in the direction of making real and profound changes in one’s life.
Ayurveda__ (def. life-science). Its origins are reputed to be 5,000 old, from the Indus valley and the basis of much understanding about the nature of the world both practically and philosophically.
The Art oF Living Well: Practically speaking: We all know that living well is the best revenge and we all need a strategy for doing so. Ayurveda is one that is modern practical, elegantly simple and not all that complex. Really. The bottom line is that we need to think intuitively and with sensitivity to the needs of our physical body, emotional mind and spiritual selves in the context of our personal environment.
Ayurveda is a frame around the day-by-day. It introduced me to the notion that there is an art to feeling healthy, happier, more content and more satisfied. The art of living well , I have come to realize, is really a kind of alchemical process. It is an art in that requires a set of skills to execute and these skills are best acquired by experience, study and observation.
The integration of Ayurveda into daily life relies in great part on the creativity of the mind — the imagination to link the physical body, to the thinking mind, to the spiritual mind to the intuitive senses and hold them all together without getting nauseous.
The Beauty and Wisdom of Ayurveda unfolds like a manual for how to live in harmony with your own true, individual nature. You have got to feed yourself with pleasure and beauty and love and joy and all of that. But it is equally important to live in sync with natural rhythms (seasonal, age etc) in the world around us.
And here is the rub…for there is always a rub: Balance means that if you indulge one moment, you must clean up the next.
Stay up too late? Sleep early the next night.
Drink too much wine? Guzzle juices, eat fruits and greens and follow a simple cleansing diet the next day.
We each have a unique metabolic composition that shapes mental, physical and emotional tendencies. When you focus on diet, lifestyle and stress management skills, you have a simple, elegant framework that supports and offers tools and strategies to recognize, honor and support our unique individual nature. The takeaway are ways to create and maintain personal balance and to work with the power we all have within us to be our own best self-care-givers.
“As is the cosmic body, so is the human body
As is the cosmic mind, so is the human mind
As is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm.”
Our modern developing understanding of quantum physics leads us to understand that there is a level of pure energy smaller than the sub-atom, the Unified Field, which is the new frontier of mind-body research and which is the underlying glue for the entire universe. Ayurvedic sages have, for millennia, referred to this Unified Field as the Cosmic Field of Pure Consciousness from which all matter, including our selves, arises.
At this quantum level the distinctions between body and mind completely disappear. It is with this understanding that Ayurveda acknowledges that unhealthy physical, mental and emotional patterns and habits reflect inner dis-harmony and creates physical illness in our bodies. We get stuck. The energy does not flow. Our immune system goes down or actually fights against us.
“Like increases Like, Opposites create Balance”
This saying embodies one of the most essential Ayurvedic prescriptions for good health. You are most likely to get health aggravations related to your predominant constitutional (or doshic) traits. For example, if you are a fiery, motivated “Pitta” type, you may be prone to heartburn after eating. Since like increases like and Pitta is a fire element, avoid taking spicy foods and choose cooling ones instead.
“ What you feed or put your attention on will grow”
This maxim reminds us that we can choose to feed health and balance or we can make decisions in diet, lifestyle and fitness that undermine our health. For this reason it is supremely important that you know and understand your unique constitution and strive to keep yourself working in balance and harmony with your own true nature.
A few words about Medicine:
“One person’s medicine is another’s poison.”
To be your best self you must determine and follow a program that is beneficial for YOU. To emulate what works for someone else may result in your being their second best self…the goal is to be your own best balanced self!
“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.”
Eat correctly for your contsitution. Pay attention to the season and time of life.
We know deep down what is best for ourselves…Cultivate that knowledge.
As Voltaire famously said: “Cultivate Your Own Garden”