Ayurvedic psychology has the power to break free from limiting beliefs.
As we step into 2024, it’s the perfect time to shed the old skin, release what no longer serves us, and truly break free from the shackles of limiting beliefs. Today, we’re not just talking about the mind; we’re talking about Ayurvedic psychology – the ancient science of life and self-healing.
As a practitioner of Ayurveda and a mentor for health and wellness professionals, I’ve witnessed the profound impact that our beliefs can have on our overall well-being. Ayurveda teaches us that the mind plays a crucial role in our health – influencing everything from digestion, and hormonal Imbalances to energy levels.
So, what exactly are limiting beliefs? These are the stories we tell ourselves, the narratives that shape our perception of ourselves and the world around us. They can become like invisible chains, holding us back from reaching our full potential.
Ayurvedic psychology offers us a powerful toolkit for breaking free from these self-imposed limitations. In Ayurveda, our mental and emotional well-being is intricately connected to the various components of the mind, such as Ahamkara (ego), Chitta (memory), and Buddhi (intellect). These aspects, when in balance, contribute to a harmonious and clear mental state.
The Ayurveda Mind
Today, I want to share some Ayurvedic insights on how we can identify and overcome limiting beliefs, considering the nuances of Ahamkara, Chitta, and Buddhi in the process.
Firstly, let’s explore Ahamkara – the ego. Ayurveda teaches us that a healthy sense of self is essential, but when the ego becomes inflated or distorted, it can lead to limiting beliefs and self-sabotage. Through self-reflection and practices that cultivate humility, we can soften the edges of the ego and pave the way for authentic growth.
Now, Chitta – the repository of memories and experiences. Limiting beliefs often stem from past experiences that have left an imprint on our Chitta. By practising mindfulness and techniques such as meditation, we can observe these impressions without being defined by them, allowing us to break free from the chains of the past.
And finally, Buddhi – the discerning intellect. This faculty helps us make wise choices and discern truth from illusion. When Buddhi is clouded by limiting beliefs, it’s essential to sharpen it through practices like critical self-inquiry and seeking knowledge. This clarity of intellect can guide us towards breaking free from the constraints of our own thinking.
Ayurveda Psychology & the doshas
In Ayurveda, our mental and emotional well-being is also intricately connected to the balance of our doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. When these doshas are in harmony, our minds are clear, our emotions are balanced, and limiting beliefs lose their grip.
Firstly, let’s look at the role of Vata dosha in the mind. When Vata is imbalanced, it can lead to anxiety, scattered thoughts, and self-doubt. By incorporating grounding practices like meditation, yoga, and nourishing foods, we can calm the Vata mind and create a foundation for mental clarity.
Next, consider the fiery nature of Pitta dosha. An excess of Pitta can manifest as perfectionism and an overactive inner critic. Cooling practices, such as mindful breathing and self-compassion, can help balance Pitta and ease the grip of limiting beliefs.
And then, there’s Kapha – the dosha associated with stability and endurance. When Kapha is imbalanced, it can lead to complacency and resistance to change. Invigorate your mind with stimulating activities, break out of routine, and welcome new perspectives to release the stagnation of Kapha energy.
The concept of samskara
There is, one more crucial aspect of Ayurvedic psychology that we must unravel – Samskara, the imprints left on the mind by repeated thoughts and actions. These imprints shape our habitual patterns, influencing our responses to the world.
Samskaras, much like the grooves in a record, can play the same tune repeatedly, reinforcing limiting beliefs. Ayurveda teaches us that recognising and transforming these samskaras is essential for breaking free from the cycle of self-imposed constraints.
By bringing awareness to our thought patterns and consciously choosing new, empowering thoughts, we can rewrite the script of our minds. Samskara becomes an opportunity for growth, a chance to cultivate positive habits that align with our truest selves.
As we step into the new year, let’s not only address the limiting beliefs but also consciously work on transforming the underlying samskaras. This intentional shift can create a ripple effect, leading to a profound transformation in how we perceive ourselves and navigate the world.
Remember that the mind is a powerful tool. It’s not about erasing negative thoughts but transforming them into positive actions. By aligning with the wisdom of Ayurveda, we can tap into our innate potential for healing and growth.
As we step into 2024, let’s embrace the power of our minds, break free from limiting beliefs, and pave the way for a year of transformation, healing, and self-discovery.
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(Ayurveda & Women’s Health Practitioner, Clinical Business Mentor & the founder of the Ayurveda Alchemist Academy)