Ayurveda - A Guide To Happiness

Ayurveda - A Guide To Happiness

"When the emotional heart is balanced, one gains pure knowledge,
the desires of the mind are always righteous, and one experiences unbounded bliss."
- Sushruta Samhita

Digesting Our Experiences ...
Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. One of the characteristics of modern life is that we are moving at an ever-increasing rate. However, the wise resist the temptation to get caught up in the frantic rush of everyday life. In the last 150 years, our relationship with time has radically changed. That said, our ability to metabolize our daily experiences have also changed greatly. In a way, the body metabolizes the emotional content and feeling of every experience. With increased demands of daily living and limited time for oneself, it may be begging the question - are we metabolizing and digesting our emotions of everyday life adequately?

The science of Ayurveda commonly talks about “Ojas” as being the end-product of perfect digestion. However, digestion in terms of Ayurveda has a profound meaning. This implies properly digesting all that nourishes us; including everyday experiences of life [i.e. thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc.]. Nearly all Ayurvedic treatment is designed to increase the abundance of superior quality of ojas and to avoid reducing ojas - as ojas is considered central to restoring health and preventing illness. Similarly, ojas is thought to be the most important element which designs and shapes the influence our experiences creates upon the mind.

Very Insightful & Funny Video - Dalai Lama's Guide To Happiness 

The Mind Is Everything

The ancient teachings of Ayurveda talks in-depth about the profound relationship of the mind’s influence upon the body. These very teachings are thought to reflect the long-lived traditions and principles for upholding a healthy body and sound mind.

Factors Which Increase Ojas:
- wholesome food and healthy digestion
- love and compassion
- being positive and having self-control
- respect towards others and oneself
- cleanliness and simplicity
- selfless service [i.e. charity]

Ancient teachings of many cultures have always discussed the dynamic relationship between thoughts and feelings and its effects upon the body. Let the ancient inner laughter which resides deep within you guide you into a state of perfect health and happiness.

The "Inner Pharmacy" Of Wellness
It is now well known that the body has its own ‘inner pharmacy’ within and our nervous system produces substances and neuropeptides that influence our immunity and sense of well-being. For example, laughter is thought to reduce levels of stress hormones and increase the activity of immune cells such as T cells, natural killer cells and even antibodies. The inner pharmacy of all experiences are dormant within us and the release of these neuropeptides affects the whole body, moment-to-moment.

Positive Emotions
Positive emotions like love. laughter and appreciation release beneficial neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin which helps to create a healthy immune system.

Negative Emotions
Negative emotions like fear, hate, and anger release stress hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine and epineprhine which can [over time] lead to mental depression and even result in the suppression of our immune system.

 

Tips For Slowing Down
Rasayana is an Ayurvedic concept which has several meanings. The most basic implication is to increase longevity while improving the quality of life. There are many forms of rasayana in Ayurveda - one being “behavioral rasayana” which recognizes the effect of mind upon health.

1. Do less. It’s often a struggle to slow down knowing there are a million other things to do. However, make the conscious effort to do less while focusing on what’s really important while letting go of all the rest. Letting go often creates the space to fully digest the present moment and helps to bring clarity to see the next necessity as it arises.

2. Be present. Not only does one need to slow down but what is of more importance is the sense of awareness that naturally arises as one lets go of all other distractions. Therefore, by letting do - there is a spontaneous arising of awareness to the present environment within and around you.

3. Appreciate Nature. Modern living often keeps us confined in our homes and offices or traveling about in cars and trains - rarely do we get the opportunity to be outside in nature. Therefore, make the opportunity and find time to go outside and truly observe the beauty of nature. Take a breath of fresh air, enjoy the serenity of the clear water amongst the background of greenery. You owe it to yourself.

4. Eat Slowly. Instead of rushing to eat - take time to appreciate the taste and flavors of your food. Again, according to Ayurveda, food is medicine and optimal digestion produces nourishment to both the body and mind. Therefore, let food be the delight of your senses. Eat calmly, peacefully and in moderation.

5. Find pleasure in the simple things. While slowing down, becoming more present, and appreciating nature you will notice that it’s the simple things which give the greatest sense of joy. With your newfound heightened sense of awareness, even the flower or a single blade of grass amongst the vast field will give immense joy.

Be Happy. Be Healthy. 
Therefore, meditate & do yoga.


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A Happy Heart Is A Healthy Heart [The Importance Of Ojas In Ayurveda]

 

A Happy Heart Is A Healthy Heart
Perhaps no other organ is more vital than the heart at sustaining our existence as well as being the intimate connection between our emotional life and overall health. Shockingly, every 20 seconds. someone in the U.S. has a heart attack.

“To protect the heart and great vessels, above all take measures that are healthy for the heart and promote ojas, that cleanse the gaps and channels & help create serenity of mind.” Charaka Samhita

Ancient Wisdom - Don’t Stress
Many thousands of years ago, the classical texts of Ayurveda identified the specific causes of heart disease as we known them today. For example, it was mentioned that eatng too much fatty and rich food along with suffering from chronic mental and emotional stress were considered the root causes of heart disease. Our modern lifestyles are all too familiar with these factors and we could refine the root cause of heart disease as being stress on various levels [physical, psychological, and biochemical-oxidative stress].

The Natural Approach
Both modern medicine and ayurveda both agree that there are daily things that we can do to help keep our heart more healthy. For example, Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. conducted a study addressing the concern “Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease?” In 1990, the results of this study were published in the Lancet and was considered a landmark study which attempted to display the ability of reversing heart disease through a comprehensive lifestyle program consisting of diet, exercise, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and group support.

Mind-Body Connection: Dr. Vasant Lad Talks About Healing The Mind

"Every experience creates a scar on the mind - an impression on the mind. Every thought creates a groove on the brain. So, the total number of scars is samskar ... these samskars creates our tendencies, how you will behave, how you will react. All that action, reaction, behavior - that comes from samskar." - Dr. Lad, Ayurvedic Physician

Getting To The Heart Of The Matter
According to many ancient cultures, the heart can almost be looked upon as two distinct entities - a physical pump to help circulate blood around the body and an emotional heart which experiences love, joy, sadness and all the other various feelings tailored to life. In order to increase immunity to disease, it is important to take great care of both ‘hearts’. Ayurveda addresses both ‘hearts’ by helping to reduce chronic stress through various methods for cultivating awareness [i.e. meditation & yoga], balancing the doshas [bodily humors], supporting healthy digestion [i.e. agni], and perhaps most importantly - administering ojas-enhancing rejuvenatives [i.e. rasayanas] to help enhance immunity and to promote overall well-being.

“Life known by sensory experience is located in the heart.
It is also the seat of the essential ojas and resevoir of consciousness.”

- Charaka Samhita

Enhancing Ojas
There is a profound relationship for every passing thought, subtle feeling, and fleeting emotion within the mind and its influence upon the entire body. In a way, any action within the mind provides a similar [re]-action within both the heart and brain. According to the wisdom of Ayurveda, imbalanced emotions such as worry, grief and fear can “dry up” the natural storehouse of nourishing ojas and therefore can affect heart-health. From an Ayurvedic perspective, ojas can be enhanced by rasayanas [i.e. rejuvenatives]. There are various forms of rasayanas, however, all rasayanas are thought to operate at the deepest level of our physiology.

“Ojas has the capacity to counteract the
etiological factors or causes of disease.”
– Dr. Vasant Lad

Ways To Increase Ojas:
·        Meditation
·        Moderate yoga suited to one’s constitution
·        Pranayama (breathing exercises)
·        Consuming fresh wholesome and balanced meals appropriate to ones state of balance
·        Following a daily morning practice such as walking in nature, nasal drops and oil massages
·        Certain herbs such as Ashwagandha and Shatavari can help in promoting Ojas
·        A restful and appropriate sleep is vital to building Ojas

Ghee + Heart Health:
Ghee is rich in conjugated linoleic acid [CLA] which is a fatty acid with known protective qualities against arterial plaque formation and diabetes – known risk factors of heart disease. According to some studies [to prevent cardiovascular disease], researchers say that ghee can potentially be used to help prevent heart disease.

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Don't Worry. Be Happy. Be Healthy.


Laughter Is The Best Medicine - The Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda

 

Laughter Is The Best Medicine 
Whether you’re ‘laughing out loud’ or giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, know for sure that laughing does you good. Although the benefits of laughter have been scientifically proven it’s more than likely that you knew all the inherent benefits already. Laughing releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones and that’s no joke.

 

“Don't Worry.Be Happy.”

 

Health Benefits Of Laughter

A good laugh has many great benefits. When you laugh, it doesn't just lighten your mental stress but it actually reflects physical changes within your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.


Metabolizing The Experiences Of Life

The limbic area of the brain is thought to be the physiological seat of emotions. In a way, the limbic area of the brain is sometimes referred to as the “brain’s brain” as it correlates well with one’s deep emotional states. Another important concept to realize from a holistic perspective is that the body metabolizes and “digests” the emotional content of every experience we have. How well we “digest” our emotions determines how well we feel. The wisdom of ayurveda has mentioned thousands of years ago that the end-product of perfect digestion and metabolism correlates with the quality of a substance called “Ojas”. Ojas, according to this philosophy is considered to be the essence which provides strength, contentment, happiness and an overall sense of well-being.

Great Talk By Dr. Robert Svoboda - The Importance Of Preserving Ojas

"The mind should remain as calm as possible at all times. It is especially not a good idea, if you're going to get upset - to get upset during a crisis. If you must freak out, please freak out at sometime when everything else is calm. During the crisis, the most important thing to do is to remain calm. When everything else externally is calm, then please have an absolute hissy-fit; if you like. " - Dr. Svoboda

Life Is a Series Of Experiences
Ojas is said to pervade the entire body and when the quantity [and quality] of ojas becomes diminished, so too does the quality of life. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has always stressed upon the importance of wholesomeness in the food we take in but even more importantly - are  the ‘experiences’ we take in. Life is a succession of experiences and the way in which we digest these experiences directly affects the state of our well-being. One of the most profound ways of “metabolizing” stress into happiness is meditation and of course ... laughter.

Factors Which Diminish Ojas:

  • negative emotions [i.e. fear, anger, violence]
  • stress and rushing about
  • excessive exercise
  • prolonged fasting
  • rough and very light diet
  • overexposure to wind and sun

 

The Mind Is Everything
The ancient teachings of Ayurveda talks in-depth about the profound relationship of the mind’s influence upon the body. These very teachings are thought to reflect the long-lived traditions and principles for upholding a healthy body and sound mind.

Factors Which Increase Ojas:

  • wholesome food and healthy digestion
  • love and compassion
  • being positive and having self-control
  • respect towards others and oneself
  • cleanliness and simplicity
  • selfless service [i.e. charity]

 

Ancient teachings of many cultures have always discussed the dynamic relationship between thoughts and feelings and its effects upon the body. Let the ancient inner laughter which resides deep within you guide you into a state of perfect health and happiness.