Good Morning! Is it raining where you are?
It’s Tuesday and it’s pouring in Detroit. This weather and the day of the week remind me of the Carpenters’ song Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.
Do you remember that song?
Rainy days are kapha days and on these days the following words of the song, “hanging around, nothing to do but frown” can ring true.
We might not feel energetic on a rainy day but do you know why this is so? Do you know why weather affects the physiology?
According to Ayurveda, nature and the body are part of a single continuum of intelligence. As the ancient Vedic sages told us: “As it is in the macrocosm, so it is in the microcosm.” The microcosm (our physiology) is affected by the macrocosm (the weather!)
Actually our physiology is affected by everything in our environment. Certainly a phenomena as powerful as the weather possesses the power to affect us in myriad ways.
Rainy days can make us feel heavy or they can trigger a feeling of inertia.
Kapha dosha, the combination of water and earth, is expressed on rainy days. In many parts of the United States rainy days are frequent occurances during springtime so Kapha dosha gets expressed often.
Maintaining doshic balance is the primary Ayurvedic tool for health and Ayurveda has helpful tips for maintaining physiological balance at this or any other time of the year.
What I got they used to call the blues…Nothing really to do…What I feel has come and gone before.
Do you feel more down at one time of the year than another? Many people do and spring is a noted time for depression to rear its ugly head. When the heat and sun of summer arrive most people begin to feel more energetic and lively, but you do not have to wait for the weather to change in order to feel better. It’s possible to stay in balance despite climatic change.
If you only feel a little bit down on a rainy day and you know that this feeling will pass you’re probably doing just fine. On the other hand, if you experience depression on these dreary days then I suggest you pick up a copy of Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way and begin your read by focusing on the sections about balancing kapha dosha. The book will give you an understanding about how your physiology is affected by the environment and you’ll pick up tips for maintaining balance.
Feelin’ like I don’t belong…Walkin’ around, some kind of lonely clown…
This is no way to feel. Depression is created and depression can be undone. Ayurveda provides an instruction manual for maintaining balance and experiencing good health and happiness. The rainy days of spring do not have to bring unhappiness, loneliness, or down days to your doorstep. Ayurveda can give you help in maintaining balance no matter the weather! Accompanying balance is the gift of vitality and a rainy day can’t dampen a vital and energetic spirit!
Sandra and I wish you the best and we hope that you feel energetic no matter what the weather is in your zip code!