Samantha’s Introduction to Dosha Guru
Oprah talks a lot about being the most you can be, which may well be why we are put on earth! Being the most we can be, implies at the very least, being happy. Without distinguishing happiness from contentment, pleasure, euphoria, or that rare and exalted state—bliss, it’s not too much to say that most of us want to live a life which is generally understood to be “happy.”
And we have a better chance of achieving happiness if we are able to make maximum use of our all of our resources. We will think better, move better, sleep better, create better, work better, relate better, and feel better! if we are doing all of these things at our peak power.
For peak experience and peak achievement, we first need to understand how to address our personal imbalances, fill in the holes and replace what is missing, and reduce or eliminate excess. In the most natural way and with the least amount of time and effort we want to bring everything about ourselves to highest possible level of balance and Be our best self (Oprah probably said that, too). Ayurveda, and particularly Maharishi Ayurveda, offers us a simple, effective, and time-tested way to do this.
Air, Fire, and Water, are universal symbols, the characteristics of which we are all familiar and can easily equate to Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Dosha, in terms of physiology, personality, and character. Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Like a chemical formula, each of these three ALWAYS behaves and interacts in specific ways in certain situations. The words themselves, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, are like a simple shorthand for very specific physical and emotional behaviors.
Since the dawn of time, a Vata person who is not perfectly balanced will tend to become highly reactive and anxious under stress, while an imbalanced Pitta person, experiencing similar stress, will fight to take control of the situation, and the Kapha person will to wait to see what happens before committing to action.
Knowledge of our doshas offers real insight into who we are as individuals, and indicates clearly and easily, how each of us can be our best self. I recently came across a ludicrously simple book on doshas and relationships. (After 36 years of marriage it was going to tell me something I didn’t know?) This little book told me what it had taken me 36 years to learn! A mountain of aggravation and grief could have been sidestepped if my husband and I had access to this basic knowledge of ourselves from the beginning of our relationship.
All of the innumerable combinations and interrelationships of the three Doshas are predictable. And if they are predictable, they are manageable! Know your Doshas, and you will know yourself, your loved ones, your friends and your enemies, and how to be the most you can be!
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