Even without a punch or two, living life can be a stressful experience. Of course, every day brings blessings but every day also brings challenges. Over time meeting these challenges exerts wear and tear on our physiology.
The physiology, or the mind-body-spirit, is one seamless energetic system and whatever affects one aspect of this system affects the totality. Sometimes we forget this principle. We tend to separate our physical health from our mental and emotional health and to lose awareness of the underlying wholeness sustaining our system. We forget that a physical illness can be the result of an emotional event or that mental disturbances can be indicative of a lifestyle that has damaged our physical body. We forget that our physiology is an ecological system.
We wish to maintain our overall health and well being while rolling with the punches life hands out. This is a challenge but it is a challenge that Ayurveda can help us to meet.
In Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way Sandra and I explain the principles of Ayurveda in depth. We explain how this ancient science works, why it works, and we offer questionnaires enabling you to know your constitutional type. Once you understand your type you will be able, through the information in Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way, to find specific ways to help keep your physiology balanced. According to Ayurveda, balance is equated with health and its by-product—-happiness.
Ayurveda is often referred to as an instruction manual telling us how to live our life. But it is more than that. Ayurveda is all about awakening the incredible “physician within” to actualize our potential to heal. More specifically, the physician within can be conceptualized as the natural intelligence inherent in all of us. This natural intelligence can heal a cut on our finger, bring balance to our brain chemistry, and even heal a broken heart. When we know how to activate our innate natural intelligence we are able to maintain strength and get through life’s challenges with our health intact.
Oftentimes we struggle to maintain a positive belief system in the face of obstacles and challenges. This is understandable and denotes good character, but if our physiology has become imbalanced due to stressful experiences then these mental efforts only create additional stress. It is as if we are attempting to put a pretty face over a cesspool. We will yield a higher benefit if we focus on using the tenets of Ayurveda to balance the physiology. Once balanced, positive thoughts are natural and we do not have to struggle to maintain them.
Ayurveda is ancient yet ultramodern. It is ancient when measured by chronological time, because the gems of wisdom it offers are timeless. It is ultramodern, ahead of its time, because its fundamental concepts are currently being explored and expounded upon by those at the cutting edge of modern science and technology, quantum physicists and molecular biologists, among others. We expect that in the future, as modern wisdom catches up with this ancient science, Ayurveda will become a household word. We urge you to read about Ayurveda now. We think that as you read our book you will often realize that we are telling you what you already know, can validate through your experience, and intuitively sense to be correct. The beauty of this system of health, this thing called Ayurveda, is this: it works!
As always, Sandra and I wish you perfect health and happiness!