Create Space for Sattva, Inner Balance

 

From the Vedic traditions, the ancient mystics, seers and rishis discovered that there are 3 gunas (qualities or zones) of being that are constantly playing in our life.

The first is Tamas which is the state of fewer–thoughts-fewer-actions, i.e. the state of dullness or inertness. The second state is more-thoughts-more-actions, the state of restlessness or hyperactivity which is called Rajas.  The final guna is the fewer-thoughts-more-actions i.e. the state of inner balance, restful awareness and a feeling of being “alive” which is called Sattva.

In an ideal flow of  day of a typical human being, we should experience Sattva in the morning, Rajas in the afternoon and Tamas in the evening before we rest our body-mind into deep sleep. However, if you look at our modern civilization in the digital age, you see a disturbing picture because the state of Sattva is very lacking in our city life.

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Being Vegetarian Is a Conscious Choice

Vegetarian Food Pyramid

It has been almost 5 years since I turned vegetarian and interestingly never a day I regretted my decision.  People often ask me for my reasons to be a vegetarian – is it religion, health or being environmentally conscious?

My experience is that to be a vegetarian is a conscious choice which complements my yogic lifestyle. This choice must come from deep within. It should not be something that is driven from external factors like a protest against the commercial poultry and diary industries or as a support to protect our mother earth.  Anything that is externally driven without consciousness causes suppression of desires which could result in more psychological disorders in later stage.

My experience was a gradual yet natural progression of simply listening to my body.

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