We’ve all experienced a preoccupied mind at some point in our lives! The downside of such a mind is that it becomes impossible for us to orient towards that which brings peace. Even strategies we know bring us a feeling of wellbeing, such as eating well, spending time with loved ones and exercising, are cast aside. As we let these habits go, it is not surprising that our minds become even more preoccupied, leading to further disequilibrium and desperation. Ayurveda says the preoccupied mind falls into three general categories: vata, pitta and kapha.
Doshas Out of Balance
Vatas: Stress, fear and anxietyEnergy is high, but scattered.
Pittas: Anger, Energy is consumed in negativity and confusion (masked as “knowing” and expressed as critiquing).
Kaphas: Attachment and preoccupation with peopleEnergy level is stagnate, making change difficult.
With our minds in a preoccupied state, we are weakened because we are no longer living in and responding to the present moment. As our minds wrestle with the future or the past, we become more susceptible to negative emotions, other people and the environment.
Luckily there is a “cure” for anger, hatred, fear, nervousness, worry, apathy, dullness, and finding inadequate time for peace, silence, or for heart-to-heart talks! Participation in a healing community. Renewing the mind in silence, with one’s fellow seekers brings a sense of ease that enables us to stop relying on stimulation of movies, TV, sports, and other distractions. Instead we nourish ourselves with selfless service, meditation, yoga asanas and pranayama.
Ayurveda sees all psychological problems as imbalances in the internal self. We forget that we are interwoven with the communities in which we participate! Each of us needs a supportive community as part of his or her healing path. As we open up to living in the present moment, free from a preoccupied mind, our natural equanimity begins to lead us. In Ayuveda each dosha has a natural talent:
Doshas in Balance
Vatas: CreativeEnergy is high and focused on creating.
Pittas: IntelligentEnergy is passionate, intelligent and organized.
Kaphas: LovingEnergy level is full of compassion, love and care.
So the next time you find yourself separated from your loving, intelligent, creative self – take some time in community. Allow yourself to be nourished by those around you by serving, loving, and giving to one and all.
TIPS & TOOLS FOR A CALM MIND WHILE LIVING ON PLANET EARTH
- Cultivate love, faith, and self inquiry.
- Meditate on the Divine in a form dear to one's heart.
- Perform service to those in need.
- Rub sesame oil on the scalp and souls of the feet.
- Add a few drops of medicated ghee in the nostrils to soothe mental activity.
- Use essential oils: Rose and lotus calm and nourish the heart; Jasmine cleanses the emotions and increases love and compassion; Gardenia purifies heart.