(Featured picture above is Kitchari- a traditional Ayurvedic meal, and Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea.
Ayurveda is an ancient science of healing. The translation meaning: ayur – life, and veda – knowledge. Ayurveda takes into account the nature of our outer being as well as the inner most core. For instance, it takes into account external factors such as temperature of climate, as well as internal factors such as stored emotions which are stored deep within our muscles and bones.
For a moment I am brought to a quantum thought …When we say that emotions are stored in the bodies tissues, one way to interpret this is to imagine the space inside of a single atom. In this case we’ll think of a single cell since we are referring to a living person (atoms = tiny particles of elements, cells = atoms which form a very small form of life). The empty space between all of the machinery (nucleus, mitochondria, golgi bodies, etc.) is empty, technically there is fluid, but what is inside the fluid? More empty space. I see this space as a form of pure energy, storing the vibrations we hear and think.
Our cells are listening to us. Check out Dr. Emoto for more on this.
(Video courtesy of EasyMeditation)
Just because we can not physically see gravity, does not mean it is not there. Just because we do not see the oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon we breathe in, does not mean it isn’t there. These are forms of energy. Hence, the space in between atoms or in living cells are another form of energy. At least in my opinion.
In yoga, and Ayurveda it is common to hear of “stored emotions.” This means that the thoughts we once had do not just disappear. I believe the less mindful thoughts dissolve quicker than the lasting impressions we create. A less mindful thought might be something like “I need a tissue to blow my nose.” You’ll forget you ever had that thought later in the day, and you won’t attach much emotion to it. A mindful thought is one that you are putting more awareness into. This may be positive or negative. Have you ever had a thought, and then felt the emotion that came with it? Everyone has. This would be an example of a mindful thought. For example, you think of an important presentation you have to give at work. You’re worried about how the board will feel about your idea, let alone that you will need to publicly present it. Your stomach turns a little and suddenly you have no appetite, even though it is lunch time. That is an example of a mindful thought, and the potential for a stored emotion.
At that moment you may describe the situation with words like: fear, anxiousness, self-doubt, unworthiness, confidence, rejection, praise, honor, integrity, stupidity, panic, forgetfulness, embarrassment, preparedness. Notice how some of those thoughts are positive? That is because your mind will race to think of all different aspects of the emotion being felt based on past experience …based on other stored emotions. That feeling you get when your stomach tenses up, your back aches, or your heart races, may indeed be where the emotion has been stored, and where it is being released from during future events.
Each cell is alive. Treating it as a living species changes our perspective on health and nutrition. How does one person handle trillions of units of life? Well, one way is through yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. There will be more on yoga and meditation later, but Ayurveda is a direct way of healing the body, mind and spirit. It works from the inside out. The foods we eat , the thoughts we have, the medicinal remedies we use, the daily routine we follow are all intertwined into Ayurveda. The first aspect, the foods we eat, explain that when feeding the body proper nourishment you can help to balance the mind, body, and spirit. When the mind, body and spirit are more balanced, than unwanted stored emotions can begin to be released out of the body, further bringing harmony to our life.
Ayurveda is much more than just the description above. I will continue to delve into it more, but I felt that understanding the true depths of this profound healing science is imperative to the new comer. I too have a long way to go before I am confident in truly understanding all of the different modalities that Ayurveda consists of, but the journey is one that I am enjoying.