Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine, whose chief tenet is that all objects and beings have a unique natural balance of the elements or Doshas, and that the disruption of this balance causes ill health. One of the overwhelming messages that comes through this discipline is that suppression of natural inclinations is wrong, and is the major source of illness
. In other words, as we would say it nowadays: Do you!
You maintain inside you somewhere the same characteristics with which you were born – the unique combination of Doshas
that made you the sparkly, gentle, adventurous or contemplative being you were born to be! Over time, we learn to restrain our natural qualities
, simply because they are prominent. If you were told you were “too quiet”, or “too slow”, you can bet others were being told they were “too loud”, or “too hasty”! So that criticism of you was meaningless: it was simply noticing what it was about you that stands out
. But you’re probably still carrying it as a criticism, using it to restrain yourself, and it’s probably still making you sick
We talked a week or so ago about the four Dosha Excess constitutions. Let’s look this week at what suppression of your dominant Dosha energy would look like, and let’s cast that away! Do you from this moment in time! If you are still not sure about your dominant Dosha, reading this post might help.
Negative messages you probably heard: “you’re too much”, “you’re not still/focused enough”, or “be serious/realistic/grown-up”. You have likely been called “hyper”.
Health issues: Respiratory problems, constipation, being “out of breath”, thyroid problems, feeling tired all the time, depression, oily skin, migranes, feeling stuck, trapped or uninspired, oedema, slow circulation.
Dietary indicator: A sudden idea that you should eat starchy or substantial foods or foods with rich flavour, even if you don’t actually like them. A sudden desire to avoid fresh fruits or vegetables, raw food, fibrous foods or stimulants, even if you actually like them.
Negative messages you probably heard: That you’re “oversensitive” or “overemotional”, “wishy-washy”, “shy”, or that you should be “tough”, or be faster. You have probably been criticised for feeling too much, taking things too much to heart or too intensely, or thinking too much.
Health issues: Inflammation or ulceration anywhere in the body, issues in the throat (tonsillitis, inflammation, thyroid problems), flare-ups of the skin, stomach ulcers, indigestion, burnout, atherosclerosis, heart strain or pain, heart attack.
Dietary indicator: A sudden idea that you should eat acidic foods, spicy foods or meat, even if you don’t actually like them. A sudden desire to avoid dairy products, seafood and sweet, cooling or paste-like things, even if you actually like them.
Negative messages you’ve probably heard: That you’re “too overbearing”, “too serious”, “too critical”, or “too slow”. They also receive a lot of criticism for being “too cautious”, “too indecisive”, or hear that they are “lazy”, or “overthink” things.
Health issues: Dryness anywhere in the body, dry skin with irritated patches, heart strain, erratic heart rhythm or palpitations, graininess in the skin, mouth or eyes, cracks in the corners of the mouth, diarrhoea or disrupted bowel movements, hyperventilation or panic attacks, feeling on edge all the time.
Dietary indicator: A sudden idea that you should eat raw foods, especially raw fruits and vegetables, wholegrain or unleavened foods, or anything dry and with a crisp texture, even if you really don’t like them. A sudden desire not to eat starchy foods or foods with an intense, salty, or complex flavour, even if you really like them.
Negative messages you’ve probably heard: That you’re “too hasty”, “too quick off the mark”, or that they “live too big”, “overexceed themselves” or they “go too far”. You have probably also been told you are too “overenthusiastic” or pushy.
Health issues: Coldness anywhere in the body, especially in the extremities. Low blood pressure, poor circulation. Waxy or clammy skin, diarrhoea, chills or cramps, blanketing headaches, feeling shakily tired, feeling indecisive or overwhelmed by the details.
Dietary indicator: A sudden idea that you should eat dairy products, cool foods, paste-like foods, seafood or sweet foods, even if you don’t actually like them. A sudden aversion to meat, acidic foods, citrus, pulses or pungent spicy foods, even if you really like them.
What you should do:
Stop thinking you are “too” anything! Everyone around you loves you for who you are. Just know that, and it will be so. And do you! Here are the positive messages you have probably also heard about your Dosha, to remind you of them, and of how essential it is to do you:
Vata Dosha: You are inspiring, you are fun, you are cute, you make people feel happy, you’re a breath of fresh air!
Water-Kapha Dosha: You’re such a great listener, you’re so insightful or wise, you’re thoughtful, you’re caring. You make people feel comfortable. You bring peace.
Earth-Kapha Dosha: You are so reliable, you are so trustworthy, you bring clarity or understanding. You’re a loyal friend. People rely on you. You know a lot.
Pitta Dosha: You are encouraging, you are enthusiastic, you get things done, you get things moving. You are strong.
So much to love about being you! Support yourself! Eat to support your Dosha (here are our boards for Vata, Water-Kapha, Earth-Kapha and Pitta), live to support your Dosha (Vata, Water-Kapha, Earth-Kapha and Pitta). And express and actualise yourself in your life today! The whole universe is waiting to receive your unique energy! Let’s express that now.