Updated: Oct 13, 2019
"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the care, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it."
In my Ayurvedic consultations, we quite often end up discussing with clients the sense of meaning and purpose that they have in their day to day life. The reason for this is actually quite simple. Many modern day diseases such as anxiety, depression, IBS, high cholesterol, skin conditions and generalised body pain can be triggered by many factors including a conflict within us or a flailing lack of faith in why we are doing what we are doing.
In a world that is super high paced, endlessly busy and relentlessly pressurised, it is really no wonder that sometimes we reach a point where the sacrifice of not eating properly, not sleeping enough, not being home with our families or simply not being able to shut the "mind chatter" off is not worth the cause we are striving for if. A small amount of daily stress to achieve our dreams, further education, to pay the bills and provide for our family is necessary. However, long term sacrifice of mind, body and spirit in a cause we are not 100% invested in or living a life that is not true to ourselves can lead, in combination with other factors, to very detrimental health conditions.
There is an art to living mindfully and in my experience, moments of stillness and an honest reflection of your overall health is a beneficial place to start. Practices like meditation and yoga are of huge benefit in bringing stillness and breath to the body and reflective questions such as; "Am I fulfilled by what I do?" "Do I have meaning for my life - am I filled with purpose?" "Is my health deteriorating due to extrinsic/intrinsic factors or both?" "Am I living with passion, contentment and joy?" "Am I living with simplicity?"
My professor, a wise and dedicated man, explained to us at one time, that many people in India do not save money for annual holidays, they save money for annual visits to health care clinics (Ayurvedic mainly) to maintain and monitor their overall health and well being. Not to say that we are now encouraging you to forgo your annual vacation for a visit to the health clinic, but Ayurveda can support you to maintain your optimum holistic health by using simple tools for every day living. If you are feeling accumulative symptoms of stress, lack of motivation or sense of purpose, we at The Sattva Centre can assist. Through Ayurvedic consultation and treatment, we can establish pathways to help you gain greater clarity, balance and inner strength to pursue the life path that you choose willingly and with passion.
With love and light,