Welcome to day seventeen of my 30 Days of Ayurveda series! Throughout these blogs and videos, I will be sharing some upbeat thoughts and wellness tips, as well as some Ayurvedic tricks and food recommendations to help you lead a balanced life.
At the beginning of quarantine, I got hold of some gorgeous caterpillars a symbol of transformational thinking and being. I thought it would be really cool to watch their cycle with my children, and then, once they became butterflies, I hoped that their release would coincide with us being released from quarantine. Sadly, they managed to make it out before we did, but it’s all good because we’re all safe and well!
Butterflies perfectly symbolise the element of transformation.
Metamorphosis teaches us all about change and growth: we have to shed the old before we can come into the new. Sometimes we need to take a step back and look deep within ourselves; just as a butterfly will only emerge once the conditions are right, we can only begin to grow and achieve more once we remove any negative elements from our lives.
At the moment, many of us have seen our lives turned upside down.
However, we can utilise this pause in our usual routine as the perfect time to self-reflect. We can consider what was working well in our everyday normal lives, as well as the elements that were not as successful. By focusing on what was not working so well, we can think and reflect on what elements of our lives we want to be slightly different moving forward.
Now is the perfect time to sow these thought seeds. They may take some time to manifest, but they are important none the less. Self-reflection is really relevant; what we do and how we approach our lives affects our emotional structure and our inner thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, all of that affects our overall sense of health and wellbeing.
Ayurveda and the Mental Constitution
In Ayurveda, we talk about the unique ratio of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in our Prakruti (constitution). However, we are also born with a distinctive proportion of Sattva (purity and peacefulness), Rajas (energy and passion), and Tamas (darkness and lethargy), whose relationship becomes the baseline for what we call Manas Prakruti, or the mental constitution.
The balance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha changes overtime and leads to a state of Vikruti (imbalance), the mental constitution naturally changes over time too, reflecting our capacity to develop more evolved states of consciousness throughout our lives. However, if we do not keep it balanced, Manas Prakruti can also change for the worse. This could be through consistently poor lifestyle choices or surrounding ourselves with negative thoughts, which is exactly why self-reflection is so important. Self-reflection, meditation and mindful breathing techniques can lead to a more sattvic state of mind, which can positively transform your state of being.
Over the next 30 days, I will be sharing even more tips and tricks to help you build some great Ayurvedic routines. Hopefully, they will soon be imbedded in your life and you can progress with them. Be sure to let me know how you’re getting on, and why not share your moments of self-reflection from quarantine? Find me on Instagram @anneheigham and on YouTube.