Do you ever wonder why some people seem to get sick all the time, yet others can live with ease through cold and flu season without even a sniffle? It’s all about ojas, which is our vitality.
Ojas is both energy and represented as an actual substance in our bodies (the ancient texts say it is a yellow liquid that is produced in the heart and reproductive organs). With its cool, soft and stable qualities, ojas is responsible not just for immunity, but for spiritual unity, bliss, reproductive function and overall vitality. It creates the luster in our eyes and hair, and gives us the unctuousness that is a sure sign of health. In other words, the amount of ojas we have determines how we are able to use the energy available to us.
With abundant ojas, our immune system is strong and able to fend off offending viruses and bacteria. Without it, we lack not only immune strength, but have less vigor and zest for life. The good news is that the amount of ojas in us is in our control.
Having ojas is a bit like having a savings account – you can make withdrawals and deposits. The key is always having a balance that is higher than your withdrawals.
You withdraw ojas when you extend your body beyond its ideal range of function. This includes not getting enough sleep, taking part in too many stimulating activities, excessive stress over an extended period of time, eating too little or too much (including too much of one kind of taste), not chewing food well enough and too much sexual activity (ojas is primarily found in the reproductive organs and fluids and frequent depletion without adequate building creates a negative balance). The results of too many withdrawals are low energy and fatigue, disease, infertility, a pasty look and general malaise.
Taking small, daily steps to maintain and build ojas – and grow your vitality savings account – will result in strong immunity, glowing skin and mental and physical strength. Here are four simple tips to build ojas:
Take time each day to build your “ojas savings account” and you will begin to see profound differences, no matter your starting point.