- Real Ayurveda For Mental Health
- Charaka, the original Ayurvedic physician said: "Both body and mind are the locations of disorders as well as pleasures. Mind effects body and vice versa. Hence any partial view cannot lead to proper understanding and successful management of the problems."
- The way we treat our body is the exact same way we should treat our mind. Our mind and our body are no different, whatsoever.
- Our mind needs daily rest, just like our body does. That daily rest for the mind is called concentration.
- Our mind needs nutrient dense and diverse nourishment, just like our body does. That nutrient dense and diverse nourishment for the mind is called studying time-tested disciplines and skills of all sorts (as opposed to consuming processed mental junk foods such as modern media's predigested narratives).
- Our mind needs daily movement, just like our body does. The daily movement for the mind is called thought experiments. A typical thought experiment is negative visualization or doing art if you are a math person. :)
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Hello, this is Tim. And this is Vie, and we welcome you
to another episode of the spartan mind strength
podcast. So brain, what are we gonna talk about today?
Yay today on the brain! Yeah.
ayurveda for mental health part 4
Stay tuned. We'll be right back.
It's Pinky and the Brain it's Pinky and
the brain one is a genius the
other is insane. One of my favorite cartoons amazing
amazing cartoon. I would watch it
every day when it was out. I loved it. So brain tell
me about the brain.
Oh, wow. Yeah, that was a great lead. I
didn't even see that coming.
I wonder who the brain is? Yeah, well actually
was Pinky the insane
one or was the brain the insane one. We don't know
the pinky seemed to be more of the genius. Sometimes
there is a fine line between
And insane there's a
very fine line. I don't walk that line at all. Okay, let's
talk about the brain the brain the brain
When we say the brain when we
say brain, actually we mean mind
right in the more abstract sense
of the word mind the
brain the brain is specific organ,
right? You can actually touch it. You can
actually touch it if you cut yourself open and pull it
out. Yes, just like the heart just like the liver liver
actually brain makes for some good
food. Yes. Yes, but not a human brain.
Not the human brain. No, no. No, we're not.
No, kicking in the cannibalism here. Are
you no no, no. No I was
with some. What was it chiante?
That was a good movie. Yes, it was.
Okay talking about the mind
right ayurveda for mental
Going back to charaka the original ayurvedic
Charika was saying that the body
affects the mind and the
mind affects the body. Yes.
They are all connected and you cannot
look at one without looking
at the other.
whenever you talk about physical health pretty
much you're talking about mental health whenever you
are talking about mental health, you're talking about physical health because
both of them play off of each other if you're
healthy and body your mind is more likely to be
healthier exactly doesn't mean it is that's
Go ahead. It's more of a percentage exactly more
of more of a probability. Yes,
right. healthy body does
Healthy Mind necessarily
and a healthy mind doesn't always imply for
a healthy body exactly. It's not a
It's a correlation but it's not a causation,
but we can say that if you're healthy
in your body, you're more you are happier
or more content healthier in your mind.
Exactly that you can say. Okay chances
So if you're unhealthy, you're feeling pain usually and
if you're feeling pain, it's hard to be healthy in the
mind exactly and vice versa.
So charaka was saying you have to
always address both. Yes.
And that actually makes it very simple for
The blueprint that he's giving to say, okay
what to do we do. What
are the basics
To actually treat our body
right to keep it healthy.
Maybe we can do something similar (puppy asking for a break)
Oh oh our puppy needs to take
a break. We'll be right back to talk about the brain and Pinky.
After we take puppy potty stay tuned.
So we're back and puppy went potty
very quickly. Yeah, and that was a lot of potty. she's
been training. She's been housebroken
and she loves to hang out in our in her
she shed. Yes during the daytime when it's
not nice outside, but now it's nice outside. So
we might not hear her for a little bit. She's chewing
on her Pig ear. Yeah. She loves
that eating. Yummy. Yummy
so we were saying that charaka is
giving us a blueprint when it comes to
the mind. What is it how is it
that we keep our body healthy. Let's
look at that.
And maybe we can do something similar for the
mind to keep our body healthy
We have some basic rules say
there's now there's a lot of things that
you can go into categories into the basic
rule, so it's not just
Like four pillars. Yes, there's multiple
categories of it. Yes, if you
want to get really in-depth, but we're gonna just hit the
the basics the very basics the very
Our body needs rest.
Some some sort of rest. Okay, you sleep you
get quiet time get
quiet time get a nap
or something That's you do a day
or two off of a heavy workout. Exactly exactly let your body heal.
That's the rest.
We'll call that rest our body needs
nutrient dense and
diverse food, right?
It's a given that you can't
have a healthy body eating
junk food overly processed
food all the time, right? You need
nutrient dense and diverse food
and then the other
thing the other category is you
need some sort of
physical movement right some sort
of physical challenge, right? You
can't just sit on your
butt or do the same thing.
All the time even people who have jobs where
you have to stand a lot, right? That's still
not you can't say. Well, that's my workout. That's
You still have to do something you still have to do something else.
You still have to challenge
your body differently from the
So those are our three categories for the body, right? Okay, we
can transfer those we
can see how these Concepts fit in
our mind. Okay. So the
first concept you talked about is rest the rest.
Yes how so resting the
body taking a day or two off of after a
heavy workout just to do I know the old bodybuilding stuff
is chest and triceps on
Monday back and biceps on Tuesday legs on
Wednesday. You took Thursday off and then
you could do a full body on or aerobics
or on whatever so you
had a following I haven't done body
building in so long. I'm glad I don't have to remember that
anymore. But in body weight training
you can do still a whole bunch
of different things. You can do this for this body part and something different
the next day. Yes, like today we sprinted.
Yes puppy love sprinting by the way. Puppy loves sprinting
I am so happy. I'm so happy.
She loves it. So we were able to do that
where tomorrow will probably do a
lot of more mellow
Stretches. Yes, so do and I
don't like using stretches sun salutations breath
work, even though we do breath work pretty much daily. But
tomorrow will be more breath work. It'll be
more eye exercises next stretches.
So we're gonna rehab body basically,
so that's that's your rest for
the body. What is your rest for the mind?
The rest for the mind is
doing as little with
it as possible. Okay. So
if you go ahead when I say that I
mean instead of thinking about everything that
always think about
focus on something in particular
that doesn't require
a thought process so that would fall into would
that fall into concentration exercise. Yes. Exactly. Okay,
so concentration exercise which is
way before meditation way before
meditation, but it's actually more important than meditation exactly.
It's concentration contemplation meditation.
You can't get to
meditation. If you are not able to
concentrate and contemplate. So
all those people that meditate daily are full of
Most of them statistically, let's put
it that way.
So the for concentration you
pick something you you listen
to a bird say I know in one of my
courses we focused on
a deity. Yes. So...