Moderation is a powerful virtue. It’s like the great regulator, or scales, that holds things together for us. Not too much nor too little. All things come when we understand and embody moderation. In essence being moderate gives us everything we need to create enough vibrancy for living well.
Ayurveda is a path of moderation. It teaches us to be moderate. This means we stay in the flow. We do not deviate too much one way or another. We establish an equilibrium in our rhythm that keeps us moving easily in life. That means not stagnant, blocked, forcing or constantly over exerting just to survive.
Many years ago training in pulse reading in India, it was my birthday. Dr. Smita Naram and the staff at Ayushkati Ayurveda clinic called me into the office where I was presented with a resounding chorus of Happy Birthday and a decadent, rich chocolate cake. I was totally gobsmacked! How did they even make such things there?? As my dear friend and colleague enthusiastically devoured her piece of cake, she said “You know Ayurveda is about moderation. Even chocolate cake is fine in moderation”. It’s true. And it was delicious! I discovered you really can have your cake and eat it too!
When we receive and take in a food or any experience with the right understanding, we digest it more easily. We overcome it’s very nature and transform it into nourishing substance for life energy. To resist or take it in with any other feeling, experience or understanding impedes this transformative process and it draws on our life energy rather than feed it.
That being said, having cake today does not mean it is necessary to have it each day, or to eat an entire cake in one sitting. Of course not, it’s too much right. You will feel horrible immediately and the residue is felt for along time afterwards. Keep doing it and there is a compoundedness that perpetually burdens your vitality. And, this is not moderation.
It’s not just about cake! It’s applying Moderation across the entire sphere of how we live. Work, sleep, play, medicine, meditation, exercise, rest, activity, stress, excitement, stimulation.
There is a pain of not being moderate. It’s the one sidedness that pulls you too far away from the steady stream of flow, efficient process and effective communication. It draws on great reserves of energy and can cost you your mojo. It can both inflame and harden your being.
When you keep doing what you are doing you always keep getting what you are getting.
Your daily fatigue, mental strain and burdens, worries, excess weight, aches, pains, poor sleep and lack of clarity or feeling enough will not change without being established in moderation. The right kind, that is! You know this.
When you get moderation established into your daily life you really do get in the flow and it’s here that you’ve tapped into infinite possibility and your …… yes, your vitality!
This is woven throughout the fabric of the 7 life processes and my course The Radiant Woman. It’s penetrating and can transform you, your cycles, your mind, your way of living. And, it manifests radiance.
A great way to antidote or counterbalance when there’s been “too much” or even “too little” in all aspects of your living is to cleanse. Simple cleansing. Gentle, easily doable cleansing. You can have a day a week of whole green mung soup or vegetable soup as a cleanse. Details of how to do this and recipe are in A-Your-Veda: Your Inner Roadmap Treasure, free ebook, downloadable on my website www.dipikadelmenico.com.
Here is how previous course participants experience the radiance of moderation:
“This is superb, a life saver. I’ve learnt to do less and be more. I’m now happily walking my dog daily.“
“What I loved was the pace and variety of teachings which all supported each other. These ‘spoke to me’ at this time in my life. Looked forward to daily tips. Best of all was Dipika’s live presence.“
“During the course I have been able to take a good look at myself and I guess have stopped struggling. As I said before I have felt I ‘heard Dipikas wise words’ at a deeper level.”
“Do it. Do it for you – warm your heart and soul – nourish yourself with Dipika’s teachings.”
“I liked being made accountable for our own wellbeing and health – however it was Dipika was approached this, which was from a warm and positive view. I loved receiving the tips of each day, I loved the prayers, the mantras, the Ayurvedic teachings, and chants.”
“I am now determined to focus on my own values [ which I’ve had all my life] rather than let them be hidden by other peoples’. I think I’d grown to believe my values weren’t significant in my day to day life.”