What nourishes you? We often think nourishment is limited to food. However, in Ayurveda, nourishment is anything we take in through the senses, and includes the thoughts we think.
If you think that including the mind as a sense organ is odd, then consider how much enjoyment is possible while daydreaming.
Ayurveda encourages us to pay attention to what we see.
Yes, we have a choice about watching a drama versus a nature film. If you are not sure which is most nourishing, check out how you feel after the viewing. Are you calm and relaxed, or do you feel a little disturbed? What do you want to cultivate more of in your life?
Ayurveda encourages us to pay attention to what we smell.
Often times we are all over this. We love the smell of apple pie, citrus, clothes dried outside, etc. Check in with yourself after smelling something and see how you feel. Are you calm, energized, disgusted, etc? Just observe what elevates you? What does not elevate you?
Ayurveda encourages us to pay attention to what we hear.
Listening to angry lyrics often leads to anger or more anger, while listening to classical music brings calmness. What do you choose?
Ayurveda encourages to pay attention to touch.
How do you touch others? How do you receive touch? Just observe.
Of course, Ayurveda encourages us to pay attention to taste.
Most of us have got that down. Consider going a step farther than tasting, by inquiring of yourself “Does this taste or flavor bring forth a certain feeling or emotion?”
Lastly, look at thoughts.
How are thoughts influencing your mood, your action, and your interaction? This can be a deep, life transforming inquiry. The beloved late Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote a book on this entitled “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.”
Getting curious about how you tick is trans-formative. Have fun! Enjoy the inquiry. As always if you need support, check out a discovery session with me today!