Wellness

Wellness has been a hot topic for several years now. Everybody wants it; and so, sometimes it seems as if everything promotes it.   

But, just what is it? It seems to mean something slightly different to everyone; and yet, it almost always refers to more than just good health.  

I believe that True Wellness refers to the Optimum state of Harmony between all 5 of our bodily sheaths (from a Yogic prospective) and/or our 5 Elements (from a Daoist prospective).  

In classical Yoga Science, humans are composed of Pancha Kosha or 5 bodily sheaths. They are (from grossest to most subtle): 

  

1.    Annamaya Kosha: Food Sheath of our Physical Body 

2.    Pranamaya Kosha: Internal Energy Sheath or Prana or Qi Sheath 

3.    Manomaya Kosha: Mental Sheath or the Lower Mind, which includes the senses, instincts and knowledge 

4.    Vijnanamaya Kosha: Wisdom Sheath, which includes the Power of Discernment 

5.    Anandamaya Kosha: Blissful Sheath or our True Self 

  

All of these should work in unison and harmony. However, the best most of us can hope for is for the first four of these sheaths to work together.  

It is impossible to achieve a higher order of Wellness if any of these first four Sheaths are not in Balance and working harmoniously with the other three.  

Your physical body, the muscles, bones, joints, organs, glands must be in good working order. Therefore, in Ayurveda, the first order of business is to balance the 5 elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether which are seen as combining in pairs to form the 3 Doshas: Vata (Air & Ether), Pitta (Fire & Water) and Kapha ( Water & Earth). So in order to achieve this balance, we work on balancing the three Doshas.  

Your Internal Energy must be sufficient enough to power all activities; and, must flow evenly and smoothly to all areas of the body.  

Your Lower Mind must remain in its place and not rule you.  

Your Intellect or Power of Discernment must be strong enough to keep the Lower Mind’s sensory input and Desires in check. 

If any of these Koshas is not doing what it is suppose to do, you can never be a truly Well human being.  

Although the Chinese do not talk about our having 5 Sheaths or 3 Doshas, they do speak continuously about achieving Harmony in and with All aspects of our lives by balancing the 5 Elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood.  

Oops! I almost forgot to mention one important aspect of Wellness; and, it may be one of the toughest for many to achieve: Contentment. Yes, just plain old everyday contentment.  

It will be impossible to achieve Wellness if you are not content.  

What nonsense is this? If a person is content, then he/she would never change. Right?  

Wrong! Contentment does not mean not wanting to change. It means accepting the Past for what it is, realizing that we are in this particular moment for a specific (set of) reason(s) and aspiring to move closer to That Which Is, The Dao, God, etc.  

Notice that I am attributing aspirations to contentment. This is not a paradox to me. If it is to you, I suggest you think about trying to be being content with yourself and your life at this very moment without trying to be content with accepting this life in the next moment, next hour, day, week,…….. Until, of course, that moment arrives.

So while you are content with the now, you are working toward a better now which has not arrived yet.

I suppose some of you are wondering how it is possible to be content with yourself if you don't like things you have done and where you life is at this moment. I admit that is a fair question to ask

The answer lies using the same principles we have been discussing. First, you must realize that the person who did the things you don't like and whose actions brought you to where you are now, no longer exists. While it is true, you may be an even worse person, the fact that you are having this conversation with yourself probably means you are heading in the right direction. 

So instead of spending your energy on punishing yourself, use it to Change yourself into something better. If you think that is too much work, then I am afraid you just don't want it badly enough. And that's OK. Just don't punish yourself for being what you chose to be. Either change your self to make your higher values or change your values to match your lower self.  

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