Working with nature to balance your wellness

Have you ever been to a place in nature and felt like it was a soothing salve for your soul? Be it a warm beach, a damp forest, the dry desert, or something in between, there’s a part of you that lets out a huge exhale and feels like you’re finally home. You may even have different places that offer that sense of coming home depending on the season.

That’s because, according to ayurveda, the five elements of nature (earth, water, fire, wind, and ether/space) are present all around us and within us in different concentrations. These varied concentrations of the elements result in unique outward expressions. That place in nature that you most resonate with likely has qualities that balance the elemental dominance within you. It feels grounding, soothing, healing.

This is how ayurveda works WITH nature. It’s not only the macro-nature of the forests, rivers, mountains, and oceans. But also the MICRO-nature within you: the fire of digestion, the rivers of blood, the movement of thoughts, the stability of bones and muscle, the space between it all. And because you have a unique concentration of these elements, the food you eat, the exercise you do, the environment you take in, they all need to support your you-niqueness. This is done by working with opposite *qualities* to create balance. Because again, like attracts like. If you’re hot, you likely want a cool drink or sweet, cooling fruit. Think about what’s in season throughout the year. This is Mother Nature’s way of restoring balance in the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. By working with your elemental constitution, or dosha, you create greater balance in your body, emotions, mind, and spirit. You learn to support yourself on the deepest levels. You learn how to turn your raft downstream and go with the flow, preserving your life energy for the things that bring you PLEASURE.

By working with nature, your body can relax. And when your body relaxes, your mind relaxes. And when your mind relaxes, your whole life relaxes.