Last winter, I came to see this in my own life. After a summer of extensive travel and radiation exposure, I had begun to experience signs of pitta imbalance in my skin. I returned home and went back to my regular schedule of teaching and consultations, assuming that since the issue had come from toxins in the environment, things would correct themselves when I got away from the exposure. But the problem got worse.
Why we get sick
So many people get sick this time of year because they ignore the small signs of imbalance. They push their bodies beyond the limits, trying to reach the high (and often unreasonable) expectations. There are social events to attend, gifts to buy, travel plans to fulfill -- it seems there is little time to pause. But your body cannot sustain an extended period of overactivity, which is a state of rajas. It will lead you quickly toward tamas, inertia.
Go within to feel better
When you go within, you find the path to heal any imbalance. Inside is the safe place where you can accept what is in front of you with an open heart. It is the place where you can find the courage you need to walk your own path, without holding yourself up to unreasonable standards. This is where healing begins.
With inward reflection, you’ll see how easy it is to follow a path of true health. If you’ve had a busy week, ask yourself what you need to regain balance. You may find your body needs simple meals made with split mung (we have three recipes here for you to explore). If you’ve pushed too far in your asana practice, pause and listen. You may hear that it’s time to take a few slow breaths in balasana, child’s pose. The answers are there, waiting for you.
The foundation for a meaningful life
If you are ready to heal, cultivate these three tendencies: honesty, self-responsibility and courage to let go of limited thinking. These build the foundation for a meaningful and fulfilling life. Any time you go within for direction, surrender to the path that will lead you here. These tools will make you more equipped to face an issue that is lingering, whether it is physical, emotional or mental. Honesty is the first step. When you find and accept the truth of a situation, you’ll see that there is no one to blame -- not even yourself. With this stronger sense of personal power that comes with truth, you’ll see that you have the ability to resolve obstacles in front of you by releasing ways of being that no longer serve you. It’s that simple.
Take time this season to go within before you extend too far outward. Tend to that garden inside now, when things can be at their busiest, and your path to true health will unfold in beautiful and profound ways all year long.