As a holistic health practitioner, I have a strong stance when it comes to healing the mind and the body. Most people think that they heal their emotional and mental pain through the mind only. Well, I disagree. You can’t heal trauma and/or an anxiety-driven disorder without involving the body… A LOT of the body. I am a bodyworker, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and an Emotional Health and Empowerment coach who is steeped in knowledge about the physiology of the body and how the mind can wreak havoc on that physiology if we don’t keep it in check.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that recognizes the intimate connection between the mind and body. In Ayurveda, digestion is not just about the physical breakdown of food but also about the assimilation of experiences and emotions. According to Ayurveda, when we are unable to digest our food and emotions properly, it can lead to the accumulation of toxins, known as ama, in our body and mind. These toxins can then manifest as disease and imbalance.
In terms of physical digestion, Ayurveda recognizes that everyone has a unique digestive system, and what works for one person may not work for another. When we eat foods that are not compatible with our unique constitution or eat in a manner that disrupts our digestion, it can lead to the accumulation of Ama in our body(the gunk). This undigested food can create a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites, leading to a range of physical ailments, including bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and other digestive disorders.
Similarly, in terms of emotional digestion, Ayurveda recognizes that our emotions are a vital aspect of our being and must be digested properly for overall health and well-being. When we are unable to digest our emotions, such as anger, fear, or sadness, they can accumulate in our body and mind, leading to psychological imbalances such as anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.
It is essential to have proper digestion, both physically and emotionally, for overall health and well-being. Ayurveda offers various treatments and practices to support balanced digestion, and meditation and mindfulness are some of the most effective techniques for healing both the mind and body.
Meditation and mindfulness practices have been shown to be effective in regulating the nervous system, which is the body’s primary control center for maintaining balance and responding to stress. Chronic stress and anxiety can lead to an overactive nervous system, which can trigger a range of physical and mental health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and anxiety disorders.
Research has shown that regular meditation and mindfulness practice can help reduce stress and anxiety by regulating the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s fight, flight or freeze response. These practices activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps the body relax and return to a state of balance.
Through regular meditation and mindfulness practice, we can develop greater awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, and learn to respond to them with greater clarity and compassion. This increased awareness can help us recognize and release emotional blockages that may be contributing to physical or mental health problems.
Overall, by regulating the nervous system, meditation and mindfulness practices can help reduce stress, anxiety, and other mental health conditions while also improving physical health outcomes. Incorporating these practices into our daily routine can support balanced digestion, emotional well-being, and overall health and vitality. Regulating the nervous system allows you to take on all that comes at you without feeling like you have no control over your emotions.
If you are ready to start regulating your nervous system in order to heal your anxiety and overwhelm, reach out at email@example.com or book a Heal Your Story Strategy Session where we can talk about the next steps.
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