From as early as 1000AD there has existed a term to describe what drives us to go faster – what makes us do/be more – than we are well-equipped or well-supported to do (‘rushing woman syndrome’ isn’t as modern-day as you might think!). This term is known to ancient Iranian/Persian/Hindu traditions as Ahriman or “the evil force that motivates us to go beyond that which we are capable.”
Ahriman is said to be the source of human confusion, disappointment, chaos and strife
Ahriman is our own self, our own limiting belief system: “I need to do this because…” It is also present whenever we are not living in alignment with our innermost essence.
Living beyond what we are capable of is considered a ‘crime against wisdom’ and is one of three causes of dis-ease according to Ayurveda.
Just to be clear; dis “ease” is not something that happens to us. It is something that we participate in. And, we can use our power of participation to turn it around and live in greater “ease”. The world needs us to believe this. Your body needs you to believe this.
Humans are designed to experience more ease as we age – we’re innately aligned with living in ease. The problems start when we bring in stress, chemicals in our food, less sleep, drugs, blue light, toxic relationships, less body movement, and prioritising productivity over ease. Amidst the reality that some of us may deal with this virus (and its repercussions) in our current pandemic, there are certainly many things we can do to avoid setting ourselves up for long term disease.
Here are just a few things that lead to dis-ease (the opposite of ease):
1. Crimes against Wisdom (or going against your intellect). Not learning from past experiences/mistakes. Not remembering how you feel when you:
drink too much
eat certain foods
stay up too late
binge on Netflix
don’t move your body
hang out with certain people
get sucked into social media
2. Disrespecting the Senses. Overloading, overusing, misusing, neglecting or abusing the sense organs (what we touch/see/smell/hear/taste). This overwhelms the nervous system by:
not wearing warm enough clothes (or wearing too many clothes when it’s hot)
being on the computer too much
not wearing sunscreen or applying chemicals on our bodies
having music, podcasts, or television on and avoiding silence
eating until you’re uncomfortable
having products in your home with chemical perfumes/phthalates
eating artificial flavours, chemicals, msg
watching violent movies
listening to loud music
3. Living out of Rhythm. Anytime we are out of alignment with the circadian clock, the biological clock, the season, or our own life cycles. We do this through:
staying up late at night
rushing through your day
sleeping in past sunrise
eating heavier or later
snacking all the time
not shifting our self-care habits to match the current season
not accommodating our personal stage of life
Now you know where dis-ease starts. How does this sit for you? Articulating these causes shows us how we are making life harder for ourselves and essentially rowing our boat upstream rather than going with the flow, or rhythm, of life. It’s what we do repeatedly, over time, that ultimately dictates our wellbeing and our destiny.
I invite you to choose one item from the list above to change in your life, just for this week. And, if you are interested in taking a deeper dive into living in ease using Ayurveda (it’s a lifestyle science), doors are now open for my Good Change programme.
Good Change starts Tues 2 February 2021
and Early Bird pricing ends 1 December
I have TWO spaces left. Doors close Sunday 13 December
Ready to start or want to know more? Get in touch for a complimentary 30 min phone call with me. We’ll identify where you are at now and where you’d like to be. You’ll get clear on what’s involved and if I can help I’ll let you know. There’s no obligation to sign up to the course after this free call. Just a friendly conversation.