Updated: Jul 7
I wanted to write about an ancient practice that actually sounds easy but put into practice is not as easy as it sounds. The daily regimen or in Indian Ayurvedic terms is called dinacharya very simply is the order in which one conducts their day. Ancient Hindus came up with a system that works in accordance with the natural rhythms of the earth, our planets and stars so that your body performs at its best according to the time of day. This practice is similar to taking your car in for a tune up a couple times each year and then running it properly throughout the rest of the year.
Some examples of this regimen are waking up between certain hours, eating or not eating at beneficial times, when to exercise, bathe and the list goes on. The idea is that if one maintains good habits one can more easily know when your system is out of balance and correct it before an illness or disease sets in. It is worth 1 or 2 times a year to reset your inner clock by following simple formulas that the ancient Hindus have shared. You will get to know yourself, see your thought patterns, habits, moods and even how long it takes for you to digest food, ideas and experiences.
The Western model although also necessary teaches one to run to the doctor and get a prescription to heal symptoms. This is extremely helpful and any level of medical treatment is a necessary personal choice. Wouldn't it also be nice to know your own body well enough to nourish yourself with healthy habits before spending on medicine and doctors visits? The truth is that there is room for both types of medical practices. Of course I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice.
Having said that, If you are interested in trying out a daily regimen self analysis there are practitioners who can help you. It is never too late to change habits and to replace old habits with healthier new actions. They say that it takes 28 days to change a behavior . One month of self analysis is a small sacrifice for healthy longevity. Consider a daily regimen and discover what ancient secrets are hidden inside. Most importantly take a few moments each day to listen to yourself breathe in silence. This is the first step towards loving communion with yourself.