Namaste beautiful friend. This may be one of our most essential blogs yet because without attention to these three very important building blocks of our immunity, happiness, survival, health and wellbeing, we cannot thrive sustainably.
Strange that these are the very 3 things we may take for granted most of the time.
Food. Sex. Sleep.
We neglect, overindulge in, or put them last on our list of priorities and distract ourselves with lesser activities that we allow to take precedence. And then we are starving (through lack of real nourishment), exhausted (through lack of proper sleep), or frustrated, angry, apathetic, or obsessed (through unfulfilling sex).
Ayurveda views these as the most significant factors in our longevity. The powerful balance of living for a long time in the most vibrant way is the true goal of longevity and as with anything worth having, it takes an intentional practice. Practice to eat well, sleep well and engage in sex well. There are strategies around all three of these pillars of life but as with anything Ayurveda always says “it depends.” This means to be well, we need to live well and observe what is best for our own personal dosha or mind/body type.
In my article in the July/August issue of VISTA Magazine (pg 44-45) I discuss food, sex, and sleep according to the doshas.
“Good food, good sleep, and good sex produce Soma – the nectar of bliss in our life. We cannot fake it or buy it. Soma is a gift of our awakened innate intelligence and commitment to right living. Without this mystical essence our lives are dry, dull, limited, depleted, stale, and devoid of pleasure.
So how does Ayurveda view good food, sleep, and sex? We begin with knowing that every one of us has a unique mind/body type or dosha and are nourished according to our specific needs. Soma is discerning for each individual and the gifts of bliss are showered accordingly”
In the article I offer some Ayurvedic tips for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha regarding food, sleep, and sex and how to approach these pillars of life with refinement, respect, and reverence according to your personal constitution. The little nuances make a difference to your pleasure principle and how you navigate your day and your life.
GOLDILOCKS KNEW HER DOSHA!
Do you remember the story of Goldilocks and the three bears? A little girl who got lost in the forest and came upon the empty house of the three bears. She tried the porridge found on the table, one was too hot, one was too cold, and one was just right…..then she got tired and found their beds. Goldilocks lay down in the first bed, but it was too hard. Then she lay in the second bed, but it was too soft. Then she lay down in the third bed and it was just right. Goldilocks fell asleep. I think we remember what happens after….
Vata types need a cozy, soft, warm bed, Pitta types need a medium-firm bed with lighter, cooler bedding, and Kapha types need a harder bed with care not to oversleep.
When you understand the amazing wisdom of Ayurveda you can create the perfect sleep, food, and yes even sexual refinements for your most vibrant health and longevity.
There’s a buzz going on about one of these pillars in this issue by editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. Arianna Huffington talks about the necessity of a good nights sleep which she honours in her latest book The Sleep Revolution.
Vista magazine is full of recipes, advice, tips, and insights on living a healthy life. If you have not yet discovered Vista Magazine, I am delighted to introduce you to this gorgeous wellness treasure chest.
Sleep well, eat well, love well and let us know your experiences and challenges of the three pillars in the comments below. What do YOU think about the quality of sleep, food and sex you are experiencing and how does your personal dosha affect your choices and practices?
With Fragrant Blessings and sweet dreams,
Glynn and Mel