Ayurveda: The Science of Life

April 8, 2021

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According to Ayurveda (a sacred term referring to the science of life), we are microcosms of the macrocosmic universe. Indeed, its holistic approach to health and healing is one in which our body is not seen to be a mere collection of atoms and molecules, but as an inseparable part of the larger field of intelligence and energy flow.

There is a constant exchange of energy between individuals and our surroundings. If the latter are nourishing, healthy and positive, we remain healthy; if our surroundings are unhealthy, toxic and/or negative, we may become sick. Therefore, learning how to eliminate toxicity from within and outside is the first key to health.

An abstract painting of some mystical looking shapes and two arms emerging from a pyramid in the center.

“Imagine” by David Starlyte

We identify with our physical bodies; however, underlying our physical structure is the mind, which not only controls our thought processes but helps assist us in carrying out day-to-day activities such as respiration, circulation and digestion. The mind regulates our psychology, conscious and unconscious, by working in conjunction with the body; therein, its most immediate surroundings/milieu is the brain. The clarity of our sensations and the decluttering of our thought processing helps the mind and body to integrate their functions and help in keeping us healthy and happy individuals.

Staying in good health is one of the most common pursuits around. Ayurveda suggests that health is a complete state of physical, psychological, spiritual as well as social wellness. Well-being is not merely the absence of illness or symptoms; in favor of that lack, a presence of wellness marks the achievement of health and happiness in mind and body.

In summation, Ayurveda focuses on eliminating illnesses by looking for their underlying causes, rather than solely treating the symptoms, and seeks wellness over health.

Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurveda text, says:

“Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it; if it is unstable, improve it; if it is beyond what you can improve, seek help.”

Ayurveda cures as much as it cares.

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