Even Doing What You Love Can Be Stressful
Stress occurs when we're living out of alignment with our nature…Ayurveda calls this an imbalance. This imbalance generates mental and neurological stress that's going to show up as a weakened immune system.
I experienced this first hand recently when I fell very ill. So much so that I finally drove myself to the doctor when I realized that my immune system was so depressed that it couldn't cope with the infection in my throat.
And yes, I took the antibiotics prescribed to me. I hadn't taken antibiotics in 25 years!
What I also did is take a good look at what created this state of misalignment...I mean, after all, I eat very well, I have my daily 8 hours of sleep, and I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. So I had to look a little deeper than that.
What I realized is that for the previous 8 months, I had been putting so much mental and emotional pressure on myself regarding my work that though I love doing what I do, the emotion and pressure with which I was doing it created an inner dissonance.
Does that sound familiar?
There were telltale signs... I was easily impatient, very self-critical, took every single obstacle or challenge very personally and thought about quitting several times a day. I pushed myself when I wanted to take a break and was angry at myself for not accomplishing more... In Ayurveda, these are well-known "symptoms" of a Pitta imbalance. There's more to a healthy lifestyle than eating well, sleeping well, and exercising. And even the things you love doing can create a deep state of imbalance. That's when self-care and a deep understanding of one's nature is vital.
You know how you get a yearly physical? Well, an annual spiritual, where you take the measure of your inner health is just as vital!
We need to have opportunities in our life when we can be still enough (which is what being sick was for me), to see the signs and take action towards alignment with our nature.
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