According to Ayurveda, a person is made up of 3 components- the body (physical- sthula sharir), the mind (psychological- sukshma sharir), and the soul (spiritual- karana sharir). It is essential to maintain a balance between these components for one’s well being. Hence, Ayurveda suggests following the below practices for harmony between the body, mind, and soul.
Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle
One must consume a wide range of foods that inculcates all the 6 tastes of the human tongue, i.e., sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy, and astringent. By doing this you make sure that the food you consume has all the essential nutrients for the body’s functioning and health, thus harmonizing the connection between the mind, body, and soul of an individual.
Dincharya is a daily regime, prescribed by Ayurveda, that is synchronized with the cycle of the sun during the day. Waking up before sunrise, scraping your tongue, washing your face, and sipping warm water daily is a part of the daily routine. Following this routine helps to cleanse us from within, relaxes our minds, and sharpens our cognitive abilities, thus creating a balance between the body, soul, and mind.
Yoga & Pranayama
Pranayam is a few breathing exercises prescribed by Ayurveda that helps to cleanse the respiratory and lymphatic system in the body. It maintains the life force or prana and clears the channels of energy or nadis in the body by employing controlled breathing techniques. You can also add yoga to your schedule which helps in increased flexibility and strength to the body.
Meditation focuses on building one’s spiritual well being. It creates awareness of your intangible being living within you and makes you experience divine bliss or ananda. It helps to improve your memory and concentration skills as well.
Switch to a Natural Lifestyle
Instead of spending time indoors, try and spend time with nature. Be amongst the elements of nature like the sky, earth, fire, air, and water. You can spend time observing them to gain harmony and holistic well being.
Cultivate self-awareness and be non-judgmental
Observe the people around you and try not to be judgmental about them. Create a level of self-awareness with yourself for a better spirituality. This will help keep you content with life and at peace.
By regularly following these six practices in your lives, you can grow spiritually, develop mentally, and grow stronger physically. These will harmonize together for a holistic well being and healthy lifestyle.