The world we live in is no longer in balance. We are eating food “products” instead of whole foods. We are experiencing life as a stressful series of expectations, deadlines and never-ending tasks. Life is supposed to be a celebration of love and consciousness.
Ayurveda states that perfect health is “a balance between body, mind, consciousness, and social wellbeing.” The concept of balance and connectedness are predominant throughout all Ayurvedic texts, thought, and practices. The tenets and principles of Ayurveda are meant to lead us on a path of health, happiness and success in every endeavor.
As with any truly holistic system, Ayurveda emphasizes the undeniable connection between the body, mind, and consciousness. Ayurveda is unique in its philosophy of connectedness, extending far beyond the individual, reaching into the universal.
Basic tenets of Ayurveda:
- All things in the universe, both living and nonliving, are joined together. In fact, everything in the universe is actually made of the same five gross natural elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
- There is a deep connection between the self and the environment.
- We are all initially connected within ourselves, to people surrounding us, to our immediate environment, and to the universe.
- Maintaining balanced connectivity promotes good health.
- Our initial balance is often disrupted by our lifestyles. Choices about diet, exercise, profession, and relationships all have the ability to create physical, emotional, or spiritual imbalances.
- This type of imbalance causes a lack of harmony within and makes us far more susceptible to the disease process.
- Human beings are responsible for each and every one of their choices and actions. We attain and maintain good health by making balanced choices that promote connectivity and harmony.
Dr. Nibodhi Haas