Ayurveda teaches that ideal health generates from harmony within one’s self.
To be healthy, harmony must exist between your purpose for being in this life, your thoughts, your feelings, and your physical actions. If your purpose is peaceful, yet your thoughts are selfish and emotions negative, your physical body might manifest some dis-ease symptom as a wake up call to change. In Ayurveda, disease can actually be thought of as a good sign, or opportunity to gain deeper insights of one’s self.
The ultimate goal of Ayurvedic medicine is uninterrupted physical, mental and spiritual happiness. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, enjoyment is one of life’s purposes. However, we can lose our ability to enjoy if we overindulge and become gluttonous.
The Four Aims Of Life From An Ayurvedic Perspective Are:
Purpose. Each person has a unique purpose, or calling that is part of self-realization in this life. Going against the grain of one’s dharma can lead to depression or an over all sense of unfulfillment, stress, anxiety and/or disease.
Wealth. The accumulation of wealth should occur as a byproduct to living one’s Dharma. Poverty is not indicative to over all health. In fact, the stress of living in a fear state regarding material security can be detrimental to one’s overall being. However, material wealth should not be accumulated for it’s own sake, rather to support Dharma and fulfill one’s duties and responsibilities.
Desire. Satisfying legitimate desire, pleasure, or indulgence with respect and integrity. Kama is often used to describe sexual desire.
Liberation. The realization and experience that there is even more to life than all these things, and a greater spiritual purpose or experience we are sharing. Moksha can be experienced at any age, though there is usually a practice that will lead to the fruition of experiencing liberation (moksha) completely.
Meditation Clears The Debris Of The Mind So We Can See Our Dharma Clearly
Ayurveda and yoga teach that being able to accurately perceive our dharma is not always easy. Meditation clears the debris of the mind, so that we can understand our purpose and act calmly from our center.