The other day I was listening to my classes for IIN. Each week we learn about different dietary theories some of which I have heard of others I have not. This week I learned about ayurveda, a theory I had never heard of but found to be very interesting.
Ayurveda is “the science of life”, originated in India as a holistic approach to create balance within the mind and the body by aligning oneself with nature. The idea is to cleanse the body of substances that cause illness through proper diet and lifestyle. The belief is that disease results from an imbalance of the energies or doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. Doshas are life energies made up of the five elements of nature (ether, fire, air, water, and earth) and pertain to an individual’s physical characteristics and personality traits. Most people exhibit a combination of doshas, but there is always one that is more dominant.
Characteristics of each dosha:
Vata: (controls muscle and joint movement, breathing, heartbeat, and the nervous system)
Ether and air
Dry or rough skin
Intolerance to cold
Anxious and restless
Pitta: (controls digestion, metabolism, intelligence, and skin color)
Fire and water
Excessive body heat
Stomach aches, and inflammatory skin conditions
Kapha: (controls immune system and physical structure of the body)
Earth and water
Tendency toward depression
Short attention span
Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of nutrition in maintaining good health and preventing and treating disease.
John Douillard was the speaker for this particular class, towards the end of his presentation he asked us to write a love letter to someone. The purpose of the Love Letter Exercise was to improve our physical health by transforming our emotions. He asked us to take the time to list all of the things we loved about that person and to express our feelings that we may not share with them or find it difficult to say.
So now if your up for it write someone close to you a love letter that they will never see. Or maybe you will show them.