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Stephen Lau
Ayurvedic Wisdom
Ayurvedic Self-Healing
Self-Healing Life Forces of Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Regimens for Self-Healing
     
    
Complete Breath
   Ayurvedic Diet
   Ayurvedic Lifestyle
   Yoga and Meditation    
 
 

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Ayurvedic Wisdom

Ayurveda wisdom is based on 5,000 thousand years of the expertise and knowledge of sages with respect to health and self-healing. It is the oldest self-healing system in existence; as a matter of fact, it is the first world medicine. Originally, there were two schools of Ayurveda: the school of physicians and the school of surgeons. Through centuries of transformation, they have evolved into a scientifically veritable and classifiable medical system, a widely used system of self-healing in India.

Literally, Ayurveda means "science of life" or "longevity." As such, its profound wisdom is discovered through direct meditation with deep insights into self-healing through foods, herbs, aromas, gems, colors, massages and yoga, among others.

Ayurveda wisdom became the foundation of Buddhism, Taoism, Tibetan and other cultural medicines in the Far East.

The essence of Ayurveda wisdom is self-discovery and self-growth; they make you realize that many answers to health and wellness are all within yourself. After all, you know your body better than anyone else. Ayurveda wisdom lies in self-intuition. So, look within yourself for self-healing.

According to Auyurveda wisdom, the base for self-healing is rooted in everyday diet and lifestyle, which play a pivotal part in the healing of the body, the mind, and the soul. Ayurveda is your whole being.

Self-Healing Life-Forces of Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, there are three basic forces in existence: they give energy to movement, velocity, and direction to life. Human existence is essentially an interplay of these life forces, which are forever changing and interacting with one another.

These life-forces are responsible for all the processes of the mind and body, affecting the physical makeup, as well as the mental and emotional qualities of an individual. In other words, they manifest the power of life itself: they influence how you eat, drink, sleep, work, play, and express yourself; they are the components of self-healing.

These three life-forces are expressed in human body as three biological conditions known as dosha:


The first life-energy is Prana, which is kinetic energy that dominates breathing (inhaling and exhaling) and movement (expansion and contraction) of the life energy within the body. This breath energy is the essence of living and life.

The second life-energy is Jyoti, which is light energy that is manifested in consciousness and intelligence.
                                                                         

The third life-force is Prema, which is affinity energy that interlinks all forces into a single rhythm. Love is the unity of all forces. 

These life-forces are responsible for all the processes of the mind and body, affecting the physical makeup, as well as the mental and emotional qualities of an individual. In other words, they manifest the power of life itself: they influence how you eat, drink, sleep, work, play, and express yourself; they are the components of self-healing. 

These three life-forces are expressed in human body as three biological conditions known as dosha:

Vata: It is what "moves things." It is most important to self-healing because it is responsible for all the physical processes of the human body.

  Pitta: It is what "digest things." It is responsible for thinking and intelligence. It affects digestion and assimilation, understanding and perception, as well as chemical and metabolic changes of the body and mind.

Kapha: It is what "holds things together." It balances the whole body and mind. The qualities of these biological conditions, which are essential to self-healing, depend on their respective quantities as well as their balance with one another. Any excess or deficiency of these life-forces will lead to disease. Remember, these life-forces not only create life but also maintain its quality, without which there is no self-healing. 

Ayurvedic Self-Healing 

Ayurveduc self-healing is a learning process through the development of self-knowledge. Nobody knows your body better than yourself; you have been living with it for years, if not decades.  

There are three criteria for Ayurvedic self-healing:


According to Ayurvedic medicine, the first criterion for self-healing is not just treating a disease but also using that disease as a tool for understanding yourself-or more specifically, why you are sick in the first place. Ayurvedic gives you the knowledge and wisdom to live in balance, thereby instrumental in initiating the self-cure.

The second criterion is a self-healing program custom-made specifically for you. You do not follow any specific program on the Internet, nor do you follow the advice of anyone (such as that of Former President Bill Clinton with respect to his dramatic weight loss-simply because you are not Bill Clinton, and your constitution is not the same as his, and so what is good for him may not necessarily be good for yourself). Nor do you impose any discipline on yourself. The reason is that any imposition may stimulate your inherent resistant nature. Discovering your own sensitivity to life is more important than rigidity.

The third criterion for self-healing is creativity. Be creative, and creativity gives freedom to your life energies. Your creativity in your pursuit of self-healing derives from your intelligence and self-knowledge.

Ajurvedic Regimens for Self-Healing 

Establish your own health regimens to keep you in harmony with the cosmic life-forces around you. To promote self-healing, your health regimens should be not only self-sustaining but also expanding in that they will lead to greater unfolding as you continue to increase your self-knowledge. Remember, they are forever revealing and transformative.  

What you do makes you who you are. Your actions become the substance of consciousness as well as quality of the life energies of your physical body. Therefore, your daily regimens determine the process and progress of your self-healing.  

According to Ayurvedic medicine, any form of natural self-healing takes time and efforts. You must have patience; nature cannot be rushed. You must have faith, too. You do not just heal the body; you need to heal the mind and the soul. The essence of healing is integration, which is the foundation of Ayurvedic medicine. In Western medicine, religion is always left out of healing. The objective of Ayurveda’s much emphasis on the pivotal role of religion is not to create any religious dogma or to impose any idea on another, but to develop and bring out the love and compassion inherent in an individual. Disease is often a lack of love, including a lack of caring for yourself and your physical body. In addition, love should be extended to others in the form of compassion, respecting their rights to follow their own paths in their lives that may be different from yours.   

(1) The Complete Breath 

The complete breath is completely life sustaining because it provides air, which is the primary source of life-force. The relationship between breath and health is often overlooked. The complete breath is deep and rhythmic. “Complete breathing” is not synonymous with “deep breathing.” You can breathe “deeply” and still not fill the lungs completely. The complete is both deep and rhythmic. The more complete and rhythmic the breathing, the more life-energy is made available for self-healing.


  Sit comfortably.

Practice using your abdominal muscles by distending (pushing out) your abdomen, and then contracting it until your distension and contraction movements are definite and you have complete control of them.

Now, begin a slow exhalation process through your nose (all breathing is done through the nose, not the mouth); simultaneously, contract your abdomen until your lungs are completely emptied.

Then, begin a very slow inhalation and simultaneously distend your abdomen to allow air to enter the lower area of your lungs.   Continue to inhale through your nose, and contract slightly and simultaneously your abdomen in order to expand your chest as much as possible.  

  Continue your slow inhalation, while slowly raising your shoulders as much as possible to allow the air to enter your upper lungs. Continue to inhale through your nose, and contract slightly and simultaneously your abdomen in order to expand your chest as much as possible.  

  Retain your complete breath with your shoulders raised for a count of 5.

Very slowly give out a deep exhalation, relaxing your body and   simultaneously contracting your abdomen.

  Repeat.



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(2) The Ayurvedic Diet 

Ayurvedic diet is the most important long-term physical remedial measure to achieve self-healing through balance and harmony manifested in the wholeness of an individual.


Your physical body is composed of food; therefore, changing its physical conditions begins with changing the diet.

Your mind is the essence of food, which means you are what you eat, because what you eat affects your emotions as well. For example, eating foods that cause indigestion can create a predisposition for both psychological and physical disorders, just as disturbed emotions can cause indigestion.

Your soul is affected by the spiritual qualities of food. For example, eating meat may generate the energy of death and decay, and therefore not conducive to spiritual wellness.

Ayurvedic diet, as opposed to Western diet focusing only on nutrients of foods, is more than just about food; it is about the science of food and eating, such as eating small, frequent, and regular meals; and not eating when you are angry or upset. 

All foods have different chemicals that produce only six different tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent.

• Sweet foods (e.g. honey and raw sugar) remove nervousness and provide a radiant glow to the skin. In excess, sweet foods increase lethargy and cause indigestion and loss of appetite.

• Sour foods (e.g. lemon and yogurt) increase appetite and help digestion. In excess, sour foods can cause over acidity in the body.

• Salty foods (e.g. sea salt) detoxify the body of toxins and cures stiffness. In excess, salty foods induces premature wrinkles.

• Bitter foods (e.g. coffee) increase appetite, stimulate digestion, and purify blood. In excess, bitter foods induce weariness and fainting, and result in nervousness and loss of strength.

• Pungent foods (e.g. ginger and red chili) help elimination, sharpen the sense organs. In excess, pungent foods may damage the eyes and destroy virility.

• Astringent foods (e.g. unripe bananas and pomegranates) purify the blood and help the skin. In excess, they result in constipation and affect the heart.

The six tastes of Ayurvedic diet have a distinct effect on your body system, and thereby affecting your health and wellness. After digestion, foods with different tastes may also affect the your body system differently. According to Ayurvedic wisdom, during a meal, take sweet foods first (in Western culture, desserts are taken after a meal), eat sour-tasting and salty foods in the middle of a meal, and reserve foods with bitter, pungent and astringent tastes at the very end.   Water, according to Ayurvedic wisdom, is life as well as medicine, and therefore cures disease. Water cleanses your body system, and provides nourishment. With the support of minerals, water aids in the building and repair of tissue, and therefore conducive to self-healing. Always drink clean and pure water as part of your Ayurvedic diet.
Sour foods (e.g. lemon and yogurt) increase appetite and help digestion.

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(3) Ayurdevic Lifestyle

Lifestyle is the most important component of physical and mental health. In Ayurdeva, right lifestyle does not imply suppressing your nature; instead, it is the bringing out of your nature's deeper power to heal the body and the mind.

Ayurvedic lifestyle includes getting the right exposure to sun, the right amount of exercise, the right amount of rest, as well as the right relationship and the right attitudes to livelihood.


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(4) Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation are the spiritual aspects of life. Make them your daily regimens to prepare your soul for self-healing. Generally, disease indicates the disharmony or disconnection between your soul and your creative life-force. Living according to the purpose of your soul holds the key to having peace and well-being.

Yoga exercises both your body and mind, giving them adaptability and flexibility. Meditation practice explores the deep consciousness of your mind to give you clarity of thoughts and intelligence to discover your deeper wishes and values, and one of which may be self-healing.

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