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Resiliency and Ayurveda

Resiliency and Ayurveda

By Nancy Carlson

What is resilience, how do you get it? How can we cultivate and maintain resiliency in our daily life?

How can we adjust, within such constant changes in life? Can we re-create oneself, body-mind-spirit, allowing passion and joy into one’s life and work? Do we want to just survive, or to live well?

“Resiliency is generally considered to be a positive trait involving the capacity to cope with stress and adversity.” -McCraty & Childres, 2010

When we believe in ones-self, we have the capacity to “bounce back” in changing times. This comes with practice, bringing a deeper understanding of insight around lifestyle behaviors, awareness and choice.

To develop the capacity to be resilient is to take time for self-reflection, identify what’s important and live in a way that reflects that. Build your resilience slowly but surely.

By developing ones-self to be sensitive, non-judgmental and respectful of self and others, we can truly be present. Practicing self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, balance and mindful-awareness are the qualities of resiliency. It is a positive attitude in the face of suffering.

By observing, with intelligence, our own action becomes self-awareness. Daily insight, self-inquiry, being fully present with self and others, builds resiliency.

Reactivity vs Resilience

Do you react instead of observing your thoughts and feelings? Do you react in the fear of change? Can you pause, thoughtfully, before you speak? Can you bring yourself to center, before you react?

By using the tools of contemplative practices, we learn to receive compassion, to stay connected with others and develop self-inquiry thru an Ayurvedic lens…bringing awareness and choice to our decisions. We find meaning in change, and in connection by creating a new understanding of life in sync with nature’s rhythm.

What is important, your priorities, why are you here, what are the gifts you can share, what are your connections and how do you seek guidance?

Do you feel gratitude, optimism, joy, love, meaning and an inner hold on life?

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to feel meaning in the suffering, the ability to see something good in adversity is the central trait needed by all of us.”    ~Victor Frankl

Ayurveda, as a holistic healthcare system, follows the rhythm of nature, change of seasons, time, ageing and emphasizes mind-body-spirit wellness.

By cultivating a deeper understanding thru the view of Ayurveda, we can be in relationship with the world around us and adjust within the ever-changing times in life. Change is inevitable, constant, birth and death, illness, loss and suffering. We learn to respond in a healthier way of how to live in our lives, everyday.

Ayurveda teaches how to maintain balance by connecting with nature and it’s rhythms. Ayurveda promotes self-care, self-love, wellness, and true self-knowledge. Ayurveda re-balances our imbalances, builds resilience and brings us back to center.

In the practice of dinacharya, new daily routines are integrated slowly, creating positive change in our choices and intention. By observing the qualities of our food, environment, thoughts, emotions and senses, we build strength, awareness and resilience.

By being aware of our senses…sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch…we learn what is best for our constitution. Through our senses, we digest all that we take within, deciding what serves our wellbeing and what does not.

With knowledge of the 5 elements…space, air, fire, water and earth…that are found in all matter, including our-selves, our own unique constitution is understood. We notice that what is within, is also without…the connection of our microcosm and the external macrocosm.

This understanding brings the importance of our relationships…of self, others, the earth, plants, animals, countries, the world…it goes on and on. How we care for ourselves, determines the nature of all our relationships…healthy or not healthy.

Practices….

A daily routine is essential for maintaining balance by being inline with the cycles of day and night, seasons, age, environment and food. When disconnected to these natural rhythms, we can experience imbalance, illness, disease, isolation and suffering. The littlest of things are so important for prevention and maintenance of our health and wellbeing.

Ayurveda practices:

Seasonal lifestyle and diet

Walking in nature

Regular meals and betimes

Mindful eating, thoughts and acting

Exercise

Observing the qualities of the mind

Healthy digestion

Meditation – the witness, clarity, passive awareness, decreased reactions, healthier responses

Yoga – opening channels, decreased tension, flow

Pranayama – the vital breath, life force, vitality

Herbs, spices and fresh organic foods

Change can be seen as harmful, fearful, or change can be seen as adaptive, new beginnings, meaning, intelligence, health and wellbeing.

Ayurveda grounds, nourishes and rejuvenates to create balance in change. It is a holistic individualized healthcare system. It teaches to listen to ones true self and self-knowledge. Gradually, by growing one’s awareness, the light of one’s inner knowing and intelligence is seen. Listen….

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Nancy Carlson, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach, brings a multi- dimensional approach to her work by combining her experience as an RN in conventional western medicine with holistic healing modalities.