Rituals are actions steeped in life purpose and passion. They are ceremonies big and small that reminds us of a larger reality; they invoke a visceral understanding of universal paradigms like unity, connectivity, reverence and awe. In this way, rituals are our lifeline to the divine.
Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word that translates to “the science of life,” originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It's a practice that believes everything in the universe is connected and that health is achieved by understanding our uniqueness while staying in alignment with the rhythm of the nature.
There are a few simple things we can all do to apply this wisdom to our daily lives. The beauty of Ayurveda is that the small tweaks make a big difference. It's not about doing everything at once rather trying a few things over time.
If you've looked into meditation within the past five or six years, you've likely noticed that there appear to be many types with differing instructions, focus, posture, etc. I, too, have observed this and have been approached by an increasing number of people wanting to know how to choose what's best for them. So what's the deal?
If waking up ready for the day is a foreign concept, midday crashes a regular occurrence and restlessness at bedtime a trend, it may be time to reset your clock. According to Ayurveda one of the keys to good health is living in tune with nature's cycles. This literally and energetically means rising and setting with the sun. It's a tall ask to do this nowadays, but there are more easeful ways to align your system more closely with the cycles of nature, like establishing morning and nighttime rituals known as dinacharya (dina - day, charya - routine).
It's funny to imagine our lives as something we spend a lot of time avoiding, because it seems like that would be impossible to do. Our lives consist of everything we engage in, from showering to sleeping, but also a lot of busy work that distracts us and keeps us from looking at our lives. Experiencing our life from the inside means taking time each day to simply be alone and quiet in l. Many of us are so out of practice that it's almost unnerving to have a moment to ourselves. As a result, we may have stopped trying to carve out that time to take a seat at the center of our lives.
Ayurveda offers an ideal way for transitioning from the activity of the day into the sacred chamber of sleep. Following these routines will help you unplug so you can relax and rejuvenate every night, just as nature would have us!
Rasayana, or rejuvenation, is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy that restores the body’s vitality to its fullest capacity. From Sanskrit it translates to Path (āyana) of essence (rasa). Rasa, or juice , is the vital fluid that we extract from the food we eat. It brings nourishment, it carries off toxins and it enhances our immunity; It looks a lot like what modern physiology calls lymph and plasma. So Rasayana is the way to restore and maintain the fluids, the juiciness in our bodies. It restores our health and vitality, and in that way, our youth.