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Spring Clean the Mind and Body

By on March 16, 2016

When you think of Spring do you think of cleaning out your space, your home, garden, office, closet, basement and attic? But Spring Clean the mind?

Do you dream about cleaning out your mind of frustrating emotions? Purging toxic relationships and negative patterns that show up again and again? Or do you just throw your hands up and say “This again, I thought I dealt with that already!”

When we speak of the mind in Ayurveda, we are not talking about a fixed place. According to Ayurveda, the mind is in every cell, in every bodily channel and is deeply affected by sensory input. The mind has is an image making machine, filled with thoughts, feeling and graphics.

Images are the sum total of all your  present and past experiences/trauma, creating memory. You…

  • Expect a certain taste when you eat a blueberry.
  • Watch a sunset to feel awe and beauty.
  • Feel more calm when you apply lavender oil.
  • Feel satiated after you eat.

The mind plays a key role in how you interpret ALL of your experiences. You may have an abundant life, yet still feel like something is lacking. Does this ring true for anyone?

What’s the process to Spring clean your mind of negative emotions, impressions and false beliefs?

Rather than simply saying “That’s how I am. That’s how my mother/father was”, don’t blame it on someone else.  Just because you were hurt once in a relationship does not mean all relationships will be hurtful.

Could it be your mind recreating the disappointment and expectation of hurt again and again. Thereby, only attracting those people who allow you to believe in your negative thoughts?  Think about it.

Why is it when you go on a vacation you give your mind permission to be at peace? Why not cultivate this state in your everyday life?

If you truly want to evolve and be healthy, you must clean out the attic of your mind. Or in the very least, be able to witness it enough to uproot the negativity. This requires some practice. 

How to Spring Clean the Mind? Here are a few tips to pursue a mind free of clutter:

  1. Meditation- If you say you cannot meditate then you might as well say you cannot sleep. It is as natural as sleep. It is not forcing or gripping thoughts. It is like a surfer on the ocean waves, riding the emotions and thoughts long enough to reach calm waters. Begin with five minutes.
  2. Pranayama (breath control)– practice breathing exercises that aim to balance one’s state of mind .
  3. Pursue creativity and being in nature– Creativity allows the mind to focus and relax where time flies by. Nature restores the mind, brings insights, promotes wisdom and freedom.
  4. Marma-marmani Marma is a set of precise energy points on the surface of the skin. They are connected to deeper, more subtle energetic pathways throughout the body. Each marma point offers an access point for shifting the energy within the channel of the mind. This is very powerful. In this way, working with the marma points can be an effective means of restoring balance to the mental/emotional channels. Many of you know I practice marma and especially for this reason; it changes one’s perception, in a good way. It’s pretty miraculous!

Remember, you are not your thoughts, emotions, images… you are pure awareness, whole and with a loving heart. By cleaning out the attic of your mind you are paving the way to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

Accessing this place is true health according to Ayurveda. Dr. Vasant Lad, a famous Ayurvedic teacher has said “it’s a moment to moment meditation”, not just a seasonal practice.

Namaste’

About Gedalia Genin

I am a holistic intuitive/ Ayurvedic health specialist that helps women naturally change their lives. Gedalia lives in Atlanta and practices in two locations. Her free time is spent in nature and painting www.artistatelier.com For more info visit her website @www.gedaliahhealingarts.com

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