In the book The Four Things That Matter Most, Dr. Ira Byock describes himself as follows:
“Despite being a loving, well-intentioned person, I am at times irritable. In my weak defense, I think it’s an innate character trait, of those in the spectrum of temperaments that people are born with. But my choices contribute: I tend to work too much, sleep too little and drink too much coffee.”
As I read that insightful paragraph, I couldn’t help but feel understanding and compassion.
Most doctors have a great deal of Pitta, mostly fire and a little water, in their constitution. When Pitta is out of balance by too many demands, too little sleep, and too much coffee, irritability to florid anger often arises. Certainly being primarily Pitta constitution myself, and at one time making similar choices, I had a similar experience. And even today, when I notice a quick tendency for irritability within myself, it is time to see what course corrections I need to make to get back into balance. These are some of the issues I help people explore more thoroughly when we work together.
The beauty of Ayurveda is once we understand our natural tendencies when we are out of balance, we don’t blame ourselves anymore. Of course, we apologize as appropriate, and most importantly we know how to self-correct. We suffer less and cause less suffering to those people around us.
Our doshic make up is not who we are, but it is a tool for understanding and compassion.
When lived, not only do we develop understanding and compassion for ourselves, we naturally develop it for others. The result of understanding and compassion is peace. We all say we want world peace, yet are you willing to be world peace within yourself? Are you willing to look at the places of non-peace within you?
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