Every January 1st, hopeful masses resolve to make positive changes and to set inspired goals for the coming year, but according to a University of Scranton study, the reality is that just 8% of these ambitions last. When it comes to sticking with resolutions for improved health, hurdles to success might include difficulty with self-regulation, cloudy thinking, and even a lack of drive. Fortunately, challenges like these are nothing new, and the millennia-old health and wellness science of Ayurveda offers the Dinachayra as the time-proven support needed to achieve a mean 2019
The Challenge of Convenience
One of the biggest challenges to this fast-paced, modern lifestyle is that of self-regulation. Before the advent of modern conveniences like electricity, humans easily lived by the natural cycles of the sun, retiring shortly after sunset and rising with the dawn. In recent decades, the variability of the daily schedule has only increased; with 24-hour access to food, shopping, entertainment, and communication, one can truly accomplish any task at any time of the day or night. The Ayurvedic dinacharya lends some grounding stability to our lives that can lead to big changes, not only with improved health, but with the drive needed to make bigger goals a reality.
Routine for Regulation
“Dinacharya” (DEE-nuh-CHAH-ree-uh) is a regular morning or evening routine of select actions that support integrative balance in the body, mind, and spirit. This isn’t your average To-Do list; a dinacharya is a short and manageable selection of specific actions that invite improved health, supportive clarity, and balanced drive through the simplicity of daily commitment, accountability, and accomplishment. Actions might include:
Cleansing for Clarity
The conveniences of a busy life lead to compromises in the way we consume, digest, and rest, which results in residual “gunk” that clouds our thinking and the physical the body.
- Cleansing practices like tongue scraping clear the residual waste from incomplete digestion
- Dry brushing and oil massage clear lymph from the body
- Maintaining regular “elimination” clears the digestive tract
- Eating a clean diet appropriate for your constitution results in a clearer body and mind
Getting Fired Up
A major tenet of Ayurveda is stoking the digestive fire, or Agni, which includes the transformative aspects our physical and mental bodies.
- Strong digestion supports immunity, maintaining health through challenges
- It improves the ability to transform and assimilate what we eat into new, healthy tissues
- Strong cellular fire readily processes and releases waste from the body
- Strong digestion improves the mental fire of tejas, or the discernment and self-discipline that governs the ability to make “right” choices that keep us in alignment with accomplishing our goals
Supporting Improved Health
Making positive changes can take some focus and energy, so it’s essential to add some support to your routine by including elements that boost your reserves.
- Spend some time in silence or in nature every day
- Establish a daily practice of using a guided relaxation or meditation
- Practice spiritual study or connection with your source
- Incorporate gentle or restorative yoga classes into your weekly routine
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