Doshas of the Mind: Applying Ayurveda to Our Persona
- Published: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 00:43
James LeFevour – USA
Ayurveda is becoming more known to the west as a form of medicine and natural health. For those who have visited an ayurvedic doctor as an alternative to mainstream medicine you will know that after having one’s blood pressure taken and after a series of questions about natural bodily process, your doctor will explain to you that each physical body has a primary dosha. This body dosha can determine a range of physical qualities including how acidic your stomach is, how easily you put on weight, or what sort of herbs will aid you in good health.
Medicine and physical health is how most people know ayurveda, but this "knowledge of life" as ayurveda translates can be used to understand more than just digestion and bloodwork. Ayurveda dates back more than 5000 years to the Sanskrit texts, the Vedas, and can give us an insight to how we function as spiritual beings.
The doshas for example are not just body types. Everything in the universe could be considered to have a dosha, and that dosha or nature determines how each being or planet or atom works in harmony with everything around it.
One way in which doshas and ayurveda is being applied to more than just physical health is in understanding the mind. As David Frawley says in Ayurveda and the Mind, “Learning the right use of the mind not only solves our psychological problems, but directs us to our higher potential of Self-realization. It leads to the spiritual life, which is our real occupation as conscious beings.”