I openly declare that I am indisputably greedy at the banquet of life.
This is an expression that I use often. Over the years I have inhaled learning everything I can around the healing arts of Ayurveda, aromatherapy, and aromanutrition. I relish all the life-giving, health-supporting foods, herbs, spices, aromatic essences and super-foods. I have taken on multiple projects and businesses. My tendency to wanting it all, experiencing it all, expressing it all has led me to juggling too much all at once. This has often led to confusion, frustration, and overload. And that has at times derailed my deeper practices.
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CHOOSE FROM THE FEAST OF LIFE THAT WHICH SERVES YOUR BLISS
There is a Sanskrit word that means the crimes we commit against ourselves – our crimes against wisdom.
Woah. Let’s say that again…deliberate, willful indulgence in unhealthy practices that leads to unbalanced body functions and disease. That pretty much sums it up. Prajna means correct knowledge, while aparadha means transgression or offense. In Ayurveda this is considered to be the root cause of all disease.
I contemplate this phenomenon often and notice how I am constantly paying for my transgressions in small and not so small ways. I ponder why I do things that I know are not good for me even though I have all the tools and knowledge I need to overcome this. I’m so sure the little angel/devil persona on my shoulder is real. Sitting there as a test and also a reminder that I have a choice. Always (mostly always) have a choice.
GOD OR GAME OF THRONES?
Why on earth would binge-watching a TV show rather than communing with the Divine seem like a good choice? Why would it be tempting staying up way too late rather than getting enough crucial sleep to restore and cleanse the body and brain? Why would we make any of the choices we do that are not in our best interest? Because my dear friends, we are human. Once we are in a pattern of making less-than-ideal choices we become addicted to those choices. Until we can change the groove in our brain and awaken our consciousness we will continue to commit prajnaparadha.
We all know for sure at some time or another we have committed crimes against our deepest wisdom. We continue to steal from our longevity and health hoping we will never have to pay for our actions. We are compelled somehow to be repeat offenders ignoring the consequences these seemingly petty crimes will have. Locked up in a prison of disease, premature aging, and mental suffering is the price we pay. The thing is there is no judge or jury. There is no one coming to take us away. Nature Herself will tap us on the shoulder to remind us and that may look like disease which could take hold in the mind, the body or the spirit.
The body is forgiving, the spirit generous and the mind malleable. That is why we have so many opportunities given to us to reform our habits that are not serving us. Nature’s reminders motivate us to make changes.
Prajnaparadha is caused by loss of discrimination, conviction, and memory so the question is how can we become more discriminating, have more conviction and remember our innate wisdom?