It really comes down to how you want to feel in life.
We talk a lot about sattva here at Hale Pule. In fact, from our point of view, the goal of the practices of Ayurveda and Yoga is to increase sattva in the mind. Why is this?
Aparigraha can be practiced in all areas of life including our diet.
Here's a sweet and simple ojas-building complement to any meal.
By Myra Lewin
Brahmacharya is the practice of energy management.
It involves getting to know your body and your mind - knowing when to put your foot on the gas and when to ease off. And sometimes it’s about letting yourself park the car and go for a stroll down a country lane.
How do we practice asteya in the kitchen?
Sometimes, perhaps oftentimes, the gratification of the moment takes precedent over well-being in the long-term. We’ve all had moments when we have done something that we know won’t make us feel good later. Many people have this relationship with food. Ice cream is good now. Bad later. I know this, but I’m going to do it anyway.
Consider the idea that this behavior is stealing from yourself. You’re stealing your future well-being.
When you describe yourself - how much of what you say is true? The story you tell about yourself - where does it come from? Is it from what other people say? Maybe your parents always described you in a certain way - oh Julia, she’s so daring. Scotty! What a clown. And maybe these labels given by others became your identity.
Truth tastes sweet.
Do you have a regular Yoga and Ayurveda practice? Semi-regular? Regularly irregular? Maybe you’re like many folks out there - you go through phases of practicing consistently and then somehow it falls off.
To build a secure and loving home - the kind you really want to spend time in - the first thing you'll need is a solid foundation.
But oftentimes our mind has us enjoying the view from the top floor before the concrete has dried. This is a common approach to asana practice - students force and contort their bodies into an idealized shape without doing the requisite work. This leads to discomfort, pain and perhaps injury.