For Real Peace, Meditate
As we continue with our series of Ayurveda, our discussion centers on how we can quiet the mind and improve our inner balance. Meditation can quiet our thoughts and emotions, and provide a resting state to create and support renewal.
In a world of chaos, we clutter our minds, which can cause anxiety, depression, and fearful thoughts. Meditation may be the most important tool we can use to promote inner peace and tranquility. The efforts of meditation can improve our thinking, stimulate our creative energy, and decrease our risk of certain illnesses.
Personal Doshas and Forms of Beneficial Meditation
Another important part of Ayurveda is Prakriti. The concept of prakruti is defined as the nature of one’s body. Another aspect of prakriti focuses on the individual’s composition of their doshas. (These three doshas were discussed in the first of this series of articles.) Maanas Prakriti mainly concentrates on the attributes of the mind.
Finding the appropriate meditation technique is important and is based on a person’s manasa prakriti. In our previous discussions we recall the elements of Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. For meditation practice it is important to understand which technique works for your individual doshas.
Vata minds are best suited for any meditation that promotes stillness. One example would be Pranayama, which focuses on breathing. Pranayama is the practice of controlling one’s breath. Pranayama is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prana meaning “life force”, which focuses on the breath, and ayama, meaning to “draw out”.
The ancients believed that the vital force that surrounds us could be channeled through the practice of breathing exercises. This practice would be most suited to Vata. So-Hum meditation would also be of benefit for the Vata mind.
Kapha minds are best suited for Walking Meditation. The foundation of this form of practice is considered to be “meditation in action”. In this meditation the person is acutely aware of the earth’s energies. The meditation supports the ability for the person to be aware of all the sounds of nature. The Kapha minds should be kept busy, with a focus on stimulation. Thus Walking Meditation is well suited for the Kapha mind.
Pitta minds are best suited for Shitali Pranayama. Shitali, in Sanskrit means cooling.In Shitali pranayama, the breathing is done through a curled tongue. It is important that beginners of this form of practice start with an expert who is trained in this form of meditation. Mantra Meditation would also benefit the Pitta mind. Meditation should always focus on quieting, grounding and cooling down of the active pitta mind.
Start Your Journey To Inner Peace
There are many meditations that can focus on the manasa prakruti. Mantra meditation can also be used to balance doshas. One of the ways we can keep the mind in balance is with daily meditation practice. Just starting with a few minutes a day can be of benefit.
I invite you to discover your doshas, and then begin your journey to mindfulness, peacefulness, and stillness through daily meditation practice. Let us be reminded of this quote, when we practice meditation.
“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering, like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.” ~ Krishna