Since this is my birthday week I thought I would write about the meaning of our birthday according to Ayurveda.
Ayurveda teaches that we are all born with a set constitution called prakriti (means nature or first creation in Sanskrit) which is determined at the moment of conception. Determining factors are:
- The constitution of both parents (genetics)
- The state of health of the mother throughout her pregnancy
- Environmental factors such as the season and even time of day when conception occurred
- Our karmic memory (what we carry over from past lives)
Just like we cannot change the color of our eyes or how tall we are, our prakriti never changes.
It is from the three doshas (forces or bodily humors) known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha that seven body types (emotional, physical and spiritual) are formed. Our individual combination of the doshas create our unique prakriti.
This is the beginning of creation according to Ayurveda.
This is very helpful not only for yourself but for your children and spouses. Knowing my husband is ‘pitta’ type, I can encourage him to ‘chill out” before he walks in the door or sits down to eat. I had my children’s pulse read at a young age so I could better understand their personalities and different needs in all aspects of their lives. I am grateful for this knowledge we received and so are they. Honoring who we are instead of trying to fit into a “one size fits all” model that is predominant in the west is ultimately more freeing and life supporting then trying to change someone into something they are not. Enough of those messages please. Finding the balance and beauty of who we truly are is our birthright! You deserve that.
When our physiology is balanced, our true nature which is creative, peaceful, expansive, loving, joyful and giving can truly shine! Vata, Pitta and Kapha are just the beginning.
Sooo Happy Birthday all August birthdays. And visit me for a pulse evaluation so you are not walking blindly through your life subject to every new fad and diet that is introduced.
Be your Self.. which is already great!
Visit me for a pulse evaluation to learn your prakruti.