Habits that you can’t Seem to Stick to
Do you find yourself constantly having difficulty to stick to your supposed habit that you had set up for yourself?
Consider the motivation for setting up this new habit; did you set this up to reach a supposed goal?
You sow thoughts and reap actions; you sow actions and reap habits; you sow habits and reap character; you sow character and reap a destiny. Thus, destiny depends on character, character depends on habits, habits depend on actions and actions depend on thought. It all comes back to thoughts and in the ultimate analysis – thoughts shape one’s future as well as fortune. Thoughts and destiny are inter-connected.
In our fast paced society, we are always multi-tasking and ever active. We have irregular lifestyles and difficulty following daily routines. Eating fast food, eating “on the run”, drinking alcohol, consuming coffee, sugar and other stimulants, and eating a lot of salads, or dry biscuits increases the vata.
Do you have a healthy ability to “multi-task” or, is it in excess, leading to any of symptoms: scattered attention, a fidgety tendency, tremors, and nervousness?
Today’s society very much encourages a vata Imbalance: a constant barrage of data and commercials and information. Multitasking and constantly skipping to the next thing and the next. Unknowingly, this is sensory overload for your mind and health.
Have you ever wondered just how much impact your state of mind has on your health? According to Ayurveda, the mind has a very powerful influence on our overall health and well-being.
Vata and the Mind
Vata dosha, which governs the nervous system and the mind, is primarily made up of the air and ether elements. The mind is also primarily composed of the air and ether elements, making it especially susceptible to vata imbalances. When in balance, vata is generally associated with creativity, intuition, clairvoyance, the capacity to connect with the subtle realms, profound spiritual understanding, and a natural sense of expansiveness. Vata imbalances, on the other hand, typically manifest as a certain instability, agitation, or hypersensitivity in the mind, and often involve excess rajas as well.
Aggravations of vata is often the result of overexertion, overworking, stress, trying to attend to too many things all at once, times of travel or transition, overstimulation (e.g., lights, crowds, technology, etc.), loud noises (or loud music), stimulants such as nicotine, caffeine, and recreational drugs, and excessive exercise or sexual activity. Vata can also be elevated in the mind as a result of a vata-aggravating diet, which may include too many dry, light, and rough foods like raw vegetables, crackers and dried food.
This vata imbalance brings difficulty in trying to stick to a daily routine and habit, and thus lacking self-care for our well-being, both emotional and physical. The cumulative effect of caring for ourselves in this way is quite powerful, very vata-pacifying, and for many, results in a greatly improved sense of wellness in a very short period of time.
But because vata tends to be scattered, and can have a difficult time following through on commitments, simplicity is equally important. In other words, when vata it aggravated, less truly is more. Consider starting with just a few simple adjustments:
- Wake up at the same time from one day to the next.
- Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at about the same times each day.
- Go to sleep at a consistent time