It encompasses our entire world – nature, the body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda is how to live your life in harmony with nature, with the cycles of nature. Leaves turn red then fall off trees, tides rise and fall with the moon, and whales migrate. Everything in nature is tied to these cycles, and so are we.
Ayurveda is the science of how to live in tune with nature; with your own specific nature. This is certainly present within each and every being, but the extent to how tapped in we are, to how enlivened this true self is, or how active our true self is, varies in different people.
What is microcosm is macrocosm – we are all part of a bigger picture, and have this connection to unboundedness. We are born with this knowledge! When we are born we can breathe straight away, when fish are born – they know how to swim. People are not in their original memory of true self (“smriti’ in sanskrit) because they are diverted.
“Uncooked food is great, sprouts are rich in protein” – You are being diverted. (Uncooked foods means the body’s digestion has to work harder to cook it, and raw sprouts are dangerous to consume, because while sprouting they release toxins to protect themselves from insects. If you like to consume sprouts, cook or steam them before). You need to transcend some of these diversions and ‘trends’ stuff and just “Be.” Be in that which is perfect balance and harmony with nature.
You may be wondering in what ways can you match up and live in harmony with nature? You must tune in and get to know your self. We each have a unique constitution that matches up with different aspects of nature.
- Some of us are like winter, we are cold and dry – that translates as vata.
- Some of us are like summer, we are hot, fiery, competitive and driven – this is pitta.
- Some of us are like spring, holding on to more water, they are more easy going, heavier set, more mellow in constitution – this is kapha.
These qualities of nature exist inside of us. There are 5 elements (space, air, fire, water, earth) that compose everything in the universe, including the human body.
Based on the ‘levels’ of the 5 elements within a given situation, whether it be human, plant or animal, Ayurveda will accordingly adjust diet & lifestyle factors to not only profoundly prevent disease, but also teach one how to live in tune with nature and its cycles – for maximal health, longevity, and to elevate ourselves into the higher realms of happiness – the ultimate goal in life.
Ayurveda is that system that includes:
- detoxification: how to detox yourself appropriately in the appropriate season, according to your personal unique constitution.
- how to eat the right foods in the right times in the right way, again, what is compatible to you specifically – for example, alcohol tolerances vary among people, sometimes you may have gone out for a meal with a group of friends and felt sick, after you ask your friends “did you feel sick from dinner” they say “no, not at all,” – everyone is different.
- Sleeping when the sun sets, waking up with the sun.
The focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to identify and treat the root cause of disease, rather then just treating its symptoms. Prevention is a key component of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda has 6 stages of disease. The first stage is where toxins start to accumulate due to hampered bodily function or intelligence. Through certain Ayurvedic diagnostic methods, such as pulse diagnosis, this can be recognized early. Some Ayurvedic doctors can even detect hereditary factors by feeling the pulse, and from here implement diet and lifestyle measures and herbal medicines to prevent this weak spot in the body from becoming vulnerable to disease.
If we look at western medicine, it usually will not step in until manifestation has happened. This is the 5th stage of disease according to Ayurveda, and has happened after the toxins (Ama) has accumulated, aggravated, overflown, became more severe, relocated over the body, and then reacted and manifested.
Western scans and other testing methods, cannot measure “vata,” (air element) at all. Air cannot be seen by scans. Brain strokes and paralysis when scanned looks normal. This is because of the vata. Only after a few days they see a clot. This is a notable quality of Ayurvedic diagnosis methods, to detect early what is going on deep in the body.
Whether you are only just beginning to hear your body call out for better health and more harmony and want to act towards it, or have been on a path like this for a while, there is no need to get to rigid and fussy about what you should eat, how you should live, etc. Just become more natural, and perhaps steer away from some of today’s norms.