Ayurveda Meets Addiction
When I first started studying Ayurveda, I was in emotional and physical distress. My life had been turned upside down, every which way and then came the avalanche to make sure I was crushed.
My first experience was a 14 day detox to help clear my head, so at least I could tell the difference between a good idea and a bad idea.
Help ground me to get traction to move forward. Gave me a sense of wellness that everything was going to be alright.
Now 10 years later, I’ve had and seen results of others from all different aspects of life, and how the decisions and results of our choices sculpt us.
Ayurveda is about balance.
Balance of your ecosystem, your world around you and inside of you.
How does Ayurveda fit in with addictions?
Addictions throw us incredibly off our wagons-turning our ecosystems toxic.
A quick search for a description of addiction, let me share this.
Addiction is a medical condition that is characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. It can be thought of as a disease or biological process leading to such behaviors.
We hear about addictions to drug and alcohol, pills, but how about ones that seem so innocent, perfectly legal, some even encouraged.
Whatever you can’t get enough of- could be Netflix!
What is Ayurveda?
Ayu = Science / Veda = Life = Science (knowledge) of life =
Based on seeking and maintaining balance and alignment in all the body’s system for overall health.
Digestion and Elimination are key components to that balance.
Your friends, colleagues, family, people you interact with on a regular basis.
Career, how your job affects your health, relationships, free time.
Food choices, what time of day, quality of the food, company, space.
Your thoughts, the quality of your mind, how you interact with yourself.
Basically everything matters. Everything we do, say, everything we are.
Ayurveda meets Addiction.
What could Ayurveda do for me,
whatever it is I do… too much of ….
that I would like ….. to do less of –
We are talking about simplicity.
Creating space. In your life, your home, your body. When we free up binding cobwebs of stagnant energy, clutter – whew! freedom from holding on to lifestyle habits that no longer serve you.
Integrating habits that help you have more energy, a more ethical relationship with yourself, follow healthier eating guidelines, improve quality of your relationships, sleep better at night. More integrity to your decisions.
Lots of space, for newness, openness, creativity, and opportunity.
It’s a bit of training the monkey mind into the discerning mind to help you honor that space and whatever you let back in will be done consciously.
How do we do that?
By developing daily habits that help you sync up with your natural rhythm, the 24 hour cycle that you live in, your ecosystem.
How to make that alignment happen?
The scientific habit changing approach is called kaizen. “make it so easy you will do it.”
Most people try too hard, too fast. Wanting results quick.
Humans’ are 70% more likely to succeed in habit changing when done with support via a partner/ group. The accountability to each another really ups the success ante
We start with one habit a week. Creating change on a cellular level.