Posted on July 14th, 2016
It is important when cultivating a positive life to maintain a living space that is clean and calm. It’s not a big deal if you throw one item of clothing on the floor. Most are guilty of this. Before you realize it, however, the pile rapidly increases and your once tidy room becomes chaotic. The state of a room affects your mental state so to keep a positive mind we must maintain a Sattvic living space. In Ayurveda, there are three gunas, Sattva, Rajas or Tamas – the principle of harmony, disturbance and inertia. Our natural state is Sattvic, however, we often stray as a result of our uncontrolled, untrained minds reacting emotionally to life’s events. When we awaken our consciousness to see these three gunas lay behind all substances in the universe, we usher in more control to increase Sattva in all forms of our life, from food to the people we surround ourselves with, creating more calm and happiness.
Our mental state is also defined by the gunas so awareness of the quality of thoughts you are creating is key. We become consumed by our constant mental noise that we tune out signals from our body demanding to change negative thoughts. The body knows the medicine we need: to get fresh air, to eat healthier, to cut out toxic relationships. It is our ego that needs to be silenced so we become in tune with these signals.
It’s hard on crutches to keep things in tip-top tidy shape, but cleanliness is something that you should be aware of. What is your mental state? If the painkillers are making you feel down and your energy is stagnant, clutter is the last thing you need in your environment. Be observant to what you can change to raise the vibration of your present moment. It gets easier to keep things tidy when your PT allows you to walk with one crutch. In the meantime, ask for help! Clean room = clear mind.
In addition to a clean room, a cleansing scent can do wonders to raise the vibration. Palo Santo is one of my favourite woods to burn. Unlike incense and sage which I love but sometimes find too overpowering, Palo Santo feels fresh and light. In Spanish, Palo Santo translates to “Holy Wood”. The scent is grounding and a helpful to relax the mind to induce meditation.
Palo Santo can be used to relieve colds, flu, stress, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation. It provides mental and emotional clarity. In Peru the wood is burned to create natural mosquito repellent.
Sending Sattvic positive vibes! Happy mind, body and soul healing! xo