Finding your place of balance is easier when you cultivate a regular meditation practice. Think of it as a training ground for your mind, a way to experience your stillness to allow your inner voice to speak. Follow your breath consciously and do nothing but be. With a regular practice, it soon becomes easier to make choices that lead to greater balance in all areas of your life.
Practicing moderation is especially important to calm pitta dosha. When imbalanced, the fire element will push to extremes with aggressive exercise, spicy foods, harsh detoxes, and by over consuming certain foods. Learn to cultivate balance by making small changes, such as staying out of the midday sun during the hottest months of the year and exercising moderation with pitta-increasing foods, like yogurt. Take a look at this recipe for yogurt lassi as a place to start. Once you experience how moderation feels with small changes, you’ll be ready to identify other places in your life where you can exercise the same kind of discernment.
Most people spend their entire lives on one side or the other of extremes, and they pay for it through disruptive symptoms and disease. But you don’t have to be most people. The wisdom of Ayurveda tells us that longevity and good health come from doing what is right for you at the time. The more you practice moderation with your unique constitution, the clearer the benefit becomes. And the clearer the benefit is, the more you will practice.