A Practitioner’s Practical Experience
Energy of Mind Counselor, Sukhalaya, shares her experience of first coming in contact with the wisdom of Sauhu’s basic sanity foundations. We learn from her, here, that the human mechanism thrives on structure and routine. More than that, we must make it a priority to adapt life to our physical, mental and energetic needs rather than being pulled by the whims of apparent obligations.
Your pulse is a reflection of the rhythm in your life
Although I considered myself to be a healthy and well-adjusted person, I realized in that moment, I had become scattered. My Ayurvedic practitioner inquired about my daily routine and I had nothing to give…for each day depended upon circumstance.
The train schedule determined my breakfast time. An early train meant no breakfast while a late train meant a protein bar from Walgreens. My bedtime started when papers were finished, as if I could fall asleep right away with my mind still in over-drive. Working out had become sporadic. I based my dinner plans around my boyfriend’s class schedule. The only thing that was consistent was my beloved electronic music. I listened to my synthetic and erratic beats throughout the day as I traversed through the hustle and bustle of city living in San Francisco.
Embarrassed about my chaotic lifestyle and inability to connect the dots to my symptoms of anxiety, I disclosed very little to the doctor. As she placed her fingers upon my wrists she poetically recited, “Your pulse is a reflection of the rhythm in your life.” I found that beautiful. I also knew I was screwed. If that statement were indeed true, my heart would surely reveal my secret. And it did. My pulse was erratic… a perfect reflection of the way I had been living.
I left, shaken and inspired, to create a routine. I started to drink water first thing in the morning. I showered and brushed my teeth before doing anything else. I made sure to sit on my meditation cushion before I left the house. I cooked my meals and had them around the same time every day. I worked out three times a week. I did “nothing” for at least twenty minutes each day. I went to bed at the same time each night. I exchanged my erratic music with soothing tunes.
Six weeks later she took my pulse again. This time it was steady, celebrating my efforts in maintaining a rhythmic lifestyle. I felt less erratic and my symptoms of anxiety had diminished. I created a safe place for my spinning mind to land and find its footing. I didn’t have to engage in an unnecessarily long course of therapy and I certainly didn’t have to take a cocktail of capsules. I only had to listen to my heart and heed its natural wisdom.
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