This week the Hindus celebrate the Diwali, also know as the “festival of lights”. Let´s take a look at what this Hindu New Year celebration has in common with the Ayurvedic lifestyle, and how you can improve your own life by following a few simple tips!
What is Diwali?
This five day festival starts on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna of the Hindu calendar, and ends on the second lunar day of Shukla paksha. Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to his Kingdom after defeating Ravana, and in essence reflects the victory of good over evil.
Indian families celebrate Diwali by cleaning and decorating the house, purifying themselves and wearing new clothes, lighting lamps, setting off fireworks, eating sweets and snacks and enjoying time with their family and friends. It is the New Year for Hindus.
Diwali and Ayurveda
This wonderful celebration has a lot in common with the Ayurvedic philosophy. Most of the ancient Ayurvedic texts ultimately urge us to cleanse not only the physical or external part of the human body, but also our inner being, the subtle, and the subconscious.
Today´s society creates a stressful environment for us, and at times fills us with anxiety, worry and negatives thoughts. So during this Diwali we encourage everyone to slow down, to enjoy life, to practice meditation, yoga, mantra chanting, to feel thankful and happy with our lives, to decorate our houses with lights, but also to decorate and purify our inner light, because our outside is just a reflection of our inside. So sure let´s work on our external beauty, but never forget about our inside.
We are not only a physical body, we are also what we eat, what we drink, what we think, what we say, what we do, what we love…we are many many things…and we should care about all of them.
8 Ayurvedic tips to a better life…
I am going to give you 8 tips that you should to do in the morning. According to Dinacharya or the Ayurvedic daily routines, these actions will help you find balance between body, mind, spirit and lifestyle. If you follow these routines on a daily basis, they can change your life, making you feel happier, and be blessed with a better and longer life.
- Try to wake up with the first rays of sunshine
- Drink a glass of warm water on an empty stomach (3 min)
- Wash your sense organs: tongue, mouth, eyes, ears, nose (4 min)
- Apply oil on your body / Abhyanga self-massage (6 min)
- Exercise: for example yoga is a complete exercise (30 min)
- Take a bath (10 min)
- Meditate (10-30 min)
- Have a complete breakfast – your stomach should be filled with 1/3 liquid, 1/3 solid and 1/3 space for digestion (30 min)
Now you can start your day with a positive attitude and full of energy!
Wishing you a lovely week, and happy Diwali!
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