Mind Body Balancing Tips
It’s summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, and in Ayurveda this is the season that corresponds to the Pitta dosha, which is the principle of heat, light, and transformation. All mind-body types are vulnerable to Pitta imbalances in the summer, but if Pitta is your predominant dosha, you are even more susceptible to accumulating too much of this fiery dosha.
Some of the physical manifestations of a Pitta imbalance include skin rashes, acne, heartburn, hemorrhoids, indigestion, excessive body heat, and peptic ulcers. On the level of emotions, when your Pitta is out of balance, you are like to feel irritable, impatient, critical, short-tempered, and argumentative.
Ayurveda offers practical tools and guidance for keeping Pitta in balance and maintaining your natural state of vibrant wellbeing.
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To keep Pitta in balance in your physiology, make choices that are cooling, sweet, and stabilizing:
Recipe Banana-Cocoa Frozen Mousse
4 whole bananas (very ripe), cut into 1-inch pieces and frozen
12 ounces low-fat silken tofu, firm or extra firm, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons organic chocolate syrup, sweetened with natural sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch ground cloves
Toasted coconut flakes
Place the bananas in a food processor or blender and pulse until almost smooth. Add the tofu and chocolate syrup. Pulse until combined, then add the maple syrup, vanilla, and cloves. Continue to blend until the mousse is completely smooth. Pour the mousse into a freezer container and place in the freezer for one hour (until firm). Take the mousse out of the freezer 15 minutes before you plan on serving. Scoop out into small bowls and garnish with toasted coconut flakes and sliced almonds. You can store the mousse in a tightly covered container in the freezer.
Nutritional Facts per ½-cup serving
Calories 129 • Total fat .9g • Saturated fat .2g • Carbohydrates 33.5g • Protein 4.3g
As I prepare to teach The Law of Dharma / or purpose in life this evening- a principle that resonates in the third-eye chakra, I am thinking about the abstract concept of intuition. And syncronystically, I stumble onto a lecture from the Chopra Center with Deepak and Dr. Judith Orloff on intuition. How much easier all of our lives would be if we could tune into the innate wisdom that lives within our bodies and the subtle recesses of our consciousness.
We all have stories about dreams that came true or a curious chain of events that are too auspicious to be a coincidence. Or a voice in your head that you dismiss only to later learn that if you had listened you could have saved yourself and others a whole lot of anguish and suffering. According to Dr. Chopra, Dr. Orloff and others, there is no such thing as coincidence. And I tend to believe that too.
But how do we cultivate that special and mysterious skill of reading the signs that are trying to tell us something? How do we know when to listen to the voice in our head? How do we know if we are making the right choices? How do we improve our intuition? The following 4 steps are a good place to start.
1. Go Into Silence on a regular basis: Meditate, spend time in nature, turn off the TV and the radio and the noise and just be. Everyday.
2. Stop Projecting: Evaluate your beliefs, your emotional baggage, your needs wants and desires and sort it out. Live from a place of innocence and wonder.
3. Feel Sensations in Your Body: Listen and feel the feelings inside your body when making important decisions. Your body will always tell you if you are making the most nourishing choice.
4. Listen to Your Dreams: Dreams can be important tools for insight. Tell yourself before you go to sleep that you want to witness your dreams and then try and recall them in the morning. Were there any important messages or themes? Write them down.