"I've been forgetful lately, the old age must be creeping up on me."
"I've been experiencing a certain body pain now that I am getting older."
"Now that I am older, I can't lose weight as easily when I was young."
"I've been experiencing dry skin now that I am older."
A lot of the times when someone experiences a health imbalance, she or he identifies with it. Meaning, the person thinks or believesthat she or he is the health issue and not separate from it. That belief can make the person feel helpless that there is nothing to do about it but suffer.
What if that was only partly true?
Let's take a step back. If we can notice we are forgetful, feel body pain, or can't lose weight, there is a aspect of us that provides us the potential to create change. By being the witness of our lifestyles and food choices, it allows us to see that maybe how we are living and eating are the culprits to the forgetfulness, the body pain, or trouble losing weight, ect.
Let's take a trip into the world of elements. But first, we need to put on our Ayurvedic glasses!
Now we are looking at ourselves, others, and the whole world through an elemental perspective. Ether, Air, Fire, Water, Earth. The elements can either work for us or against us depending on what choices we make.
Ah, ether and air. Both contain the qualities of light, dry, subtle, and mobile. These interplay in lifestyles and foods...
Foods: granola, chips, popcorn, cereal
Thinking too much: keeps us in the subtle reality of life beyond the physical reality, we "see" or "hear" our thoughts yet they are not physical.
Watching TV, being on the phone or computer keeps us in the etheric realms too.
Excessive Travel: keeps the body mobile.
Imagine that person who is experiencing forgetfulness mostly eats foods and lives a life as mentioned above. Like attracts like. Forgetfulness is a thought that "moves" away from the mind just like the wind.
Now, we have a gained perspective. The person is experiencing forgetfulness because there is too much air and ether in his or her life. Through Ayurvedic knowledge, it teaches we can reverse this imbalance by simply applying the opposite qualities to food and lifestyle.
Engage in practices that will connect you back to your physical body and out of the mind by breathing, yoga, nature walk, bath, meditation, dancing, chigong, massaging warm oil on your body.
Create a schedule and plan trips ahead of time that have room for fun pit stops that are nurturing activities that keep you connected to your body while traveling.
The Fire baby! Contains the qualities of hot, sharp and intense.
Ever feel heat within your neck and head when you've been mad?
Have you ever had a body pain that hot and inflamed?
Spicy dry, acidic foods, and alcohol add flames to the fire. And so does arguing and always pushing the body to its limit.
Fire can be fun, but when someone is mad, frustrated, impatient, judgmental, critical, irritable, or intense, it's not very fun...
It seems like someone who has a lot of fire needs MORE fun, instead of, seriousness.
Here's a little tip when dealing with someone who seems to always experience a forest fire. Give this person some space and have compassion or give them something sweet. Yup I said it! Why you wonder? Sweet taste is connected with the element of water. Water will calm the forest fire. If this fiery person is you, its best to spend time a source of water or surround yourself by the color blue or green (yellow and blue make green).
Eat a cucumber salad or put slices of cucumber on your eyes. Mix coconut oil and lemongrass on heated/inflamed body pain.
Sweet Earth and Water. Contain the qualities soft, dense, stable, heavy.
Not easy losing weight.
Not easy to wake up in the morning, the body feels heavy.
Feels unmotivated, stick in the mud, you see what you want but you aren't doing anything about it.
All of these imbalances can occur from sedentary lifestyle, just like a rock, (not much movement, sits, sleeps, lounges), mostly stays at home because it's comfortable and safe. Eats a lot of comfort food, casseroles, ice cream, cheese, puddings, yogurt, sweets galore.
Let's get motivated here! Maybe a salad with a pizzazz, like a spicy dressing will get ya going! Sip on ginger tea to get the blood flowing and going~ Connect with a trusted friend and go on a hike or make a playlist of your favorite songs and have a dance party!
As you starting to learn, the choices you make in life can enhance life keep you looking young and fresh or old and dry.
We all have the power to change, however, we need to take the actions to do so. And sometimes we need some inspiration and encouragement along the way! That's why I am here for you!
Ayurvedic knowledge allows you to see how the elements interplay within the mind and body. This awareness allows you to have more compassion for yourself and others. Instead of blaming "the aging process" start to look at what you are doing that's contributing to the issue. When you take responsibility for your part, you have the power to take control of your health and change your life!