Ayurveda tells us that we “consume through our senses.” What does this mean? It means that everything we see, hear, taste, touch and smell has an effect on the mind-body. As living, vital beings we incorporate into our physiology whatever comes into contact with our senses.
Last week we were flooded by images of violence. The events that took place in Arizona have been played and re-played. When, 24/7 we ingest this tragic information it becomes an aspect of who we are. Life impressions do become our body. We need to clear our mind of violent impressions just as we need to cleanse the body after eating a heavy meal.
In Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way (p. 77) we discuss ama. There are three types of ama: physical, mental, and emotional. Ama is a Sanskrit word—the modern word for ama is “toxin.” Mental ama, which is what we accumulate from seeing and hearing all sorts of negative things including violence, blocks access to our inner knowledge, our intuition.
Your mind-body can become exhausted from carrying around negative mental and emotional impressions. For you to live your life to the fullest you must continually transform your life experiences into vital energy. Our suggestion this week: Be aware that your senses ingest everything you come in contact with. We are caring human beings. We are part of the world community. Sadness, images of violence and stories about tragedy affect us deeply. We must be emotionally and mentally involved and yet we also need to know how to return to our self—–how to cleanse the mind. We believe that our book Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way will be extremely helpful to you in this task!
Our Twitter/Blog Contest starts today!
We have decided to come up with a fun contest for you all to take place in each week. Starting today (January 18, 2011) we will be posting a question on our Twitter page and then next week we will post the correct answer here on our blog page under the Twitter Answers section. Every month we will hold a drawing and one lucky person will win various prizes.
So how do you win? Each Monday we will post a question on our Twitter page, then you have to go to our blog page under the “Twitter Answers” area and put your best answer to the question. Anyone who posts a comment on the blog in the Twitter answers area will automatically be entered to win that month’s prize. You do not have to have the correct answer, we would just like to hear your thoughts and what answer you think is the correct one. So, whether you are right or not in your guess to our question you will be entered to win!
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- Nancy and Sandra