Ayurveda Defines Three Root Causes of Disease

Chaya~Sharon Heller

Ayurveda’s first cause of disease is a mistake or misuse of the mind, where one observes or perceives incorrectly. When we try to solve it by suppressing or thinking what to do about IT, that creates further fragments and divisions. Observe holistically, observe the whole movement of life as one; then conflict – with its destructive energy – not only ceases but also, out of that observation, gifts a totally new approach to life!

The second cause of disease arises out of its first – mistake of the mind or, even more specifically, the misuse of the intelligence, which is the misuse of objects of the senses. We can also view this as wrong relationships to such objects like people, places, things, activities, and even our own mind, including its thoughts, emotions, perceptions and conditioning.

To be alive is to be in relationship, and we are in relationship to all things based upon the health and condition of our five physical senses: hearing, sight, taste, smell and feeling – plus a sixth and subtle sense, the mind.

The practices of Yoga and Ayurveda work synergistically, and traditionally. Ayurveda cleanses and balances the bodily humors or the material body, and Yoga cleanses and balances the mind and the subtle body. The mind can take the senses, and thereby the physical body, in any direction. When total awareness is achieved, and you know who the driver is, you can go in the direction that you, the real you, really wants to go.

Stay tuned next week for the third cause and the relationship of all three as a road map to awakened states and self-healing.

Ayurveda Defines Three Root Causes of Disease

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Author: Chaya~Sharon Heller

Chaya~Sharon Heller, BA, IYT, AYC, LMT, E-RYT-500 and Sr. Kripalu Teacher, is the founder and director of The Chaya for Life Center, an Ayurvedic, Massage, Yoga and Healing Arts Studio. With over 25 years of experience as a Holistic Health Educator…

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