We all know the feeling of anxiety: ceaseless worry and fear of the known and unknown, along with its other troublesome symptoms like insomnia. It is estimated that 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety, making it the most common mental health disorder in the country.
Dreams - what are they and what do they mean? These two questions have puzzled civilizations for thousands and thousands of years as people have tried to use dreams to their advantage.
The Achuar Indians in the Amazon share their dreams before sunrise as a map of the challenges to come. Practitioners of Ayurveda and Yoga in India interpret dreams on the basis of psychological and physical imbalances in the Doshas.
Dreams can be terrifying or wonderful, or oftentimes a mix of both. Dreams mean different things to different people. Some take them seriously as inner guidance, and some hope to use Yoga and meditation to quit having dreams entirely and instead enjoy complete peace while sleeping.
Like everything in our bodies and minds and the world around us, our dreams are influenced by the three Doshas. Each Dosha has unique characteristics of what they inject into our dreams.
Love - one word that can't fully encompass such a powerful emotion and action.
It is "invisible," like the air we breathe. Just like the breath, love is what keeps most of us going and even pushes us to our spiritual and mental limits. We all have done incredible things in the name of love. Most of us probably use this word fairly often in our daily lives.
The biggest issue that often stops people from self-care is commitment and consistency. But of course, committing to a consistent self-care routine is essential to live a healthy and balanced life. But what that routine looks like will be different for everyone. No two people have the same self-care needs, but Ayurveda is set up to accommodate each one of us.
The 5 following commitments to self-care can make a world of difference in supporting a consistent Ayurvedic life.