As many (or at least some) of you know, I have long been a student of Ayurveda. I get questions from readers and friends all the time, about what Ayurveda suggests for this ailment, or that issue. So I figure it is high time I start to write about what I know on this topic. Here is the first of many posts to come. And if you have a specific question, or would like to see a specific topic discussed, please leave a comment below, or shoot me an email.
In Ayurveda, the ancient sister science of yoga, which literally translates as the “science of life”, there is one over-arching, all-encompassing, healing mantra. “Dina Charya”, or Daily Routine.
So powerful is the medicine of rhythm and routine, that it is thought to lay at the very foundation of all disease (or rather the lack of it lays at the foundation). The roots of disease grow when our rhythm and routines are out of sync with what mother nature intended them to be. Which unfortunately, for many of us, is all too often.
Establishing a daily rhythm seems like such a simple answer, and yet in practice can be quite challenging. In modern times we have so many devices of distraction. The computer, the tv, the freaking light bulb. We stay up late, even when our bodies yearn for rest. We eat convenient foods, even when what we crave is deeper nourishment. And we bend our natural urges and inclinations to the schedules created by our jobs, by productivity and large institutions, rather than our homes and families.
However, even in this modern age, it is possible to create rhythm and routine, with a little bit of structure, and a dose of discipline. Many of us who have children know that they benefit from this sense of structure and order, but the truth is, we all do. So I’m creating a little guide to help you create a little routine.
First off…. what are the basics? What are the pillars of this routine?
1. Waking & Sleeping
2. Consuming and Excreting
3. Nourishment & Love
It’s that simple.
Here’s a look at what Ayurveda suggests for a basic daily routine. This is a great place to get started, and in future posts we will explore this routine in more detail.
Remember, this is just a guideline for creatine routines and rhythms that work for your family. If you look at this and think “wow, I have a lot to change!” or “I could never do ____”, take a breath, and choose a baby step, in a direction that feels right for you. I’d love to hear you comments and feedback below.
What are your goals for creating routine? What are you already doing, and what is your growing edge?