Ayurveda and Emotional Freedom

    • Built-In Assumptions

      Developing Assertiveness & Conscious Communication


      Built-In Assumptions

      Our fundamental beliefs and thought patterns in interpreting reality begin to take shape during early childhood. We absorb notions about our identity and the functioning of the world from our family, culture, education, and life events. These beliefs often operate beneath our conscious awareness, influencing our automatic responses to different life experiences.

    • Rigid Perspectives

      Rigid Perspectives

      When we cling too tightly to our beliefs, regarding them as absolute truths rather than mental constructs, they become rigid and confining. Fixed belief systems compel us to perceive reality through a narrow viewpoint, cutting us off from a broader understanding. If these beliefs are negative, they keep us trapped in reactive patterns that hinder personal growth.
      A few examples of a toxic relationship with oneself:

      • Self-criticism and negative self-talk.
      • Aiming for perfection.
      • Self-sabotage.
      • Constantly comparing yourself with others.
      • Inability to say no.
      • Inability to accept compliments or praise.
      • Being out of sync with or ignoring your feelings, thoughts, and intuition.

      Typical examples of this thought pattern are:

      • “That’s not fair.” When reality doesn’t align with our values or sense of fairness, this belief triggers resentment, bitterness, or feelings of victimization.
      • “I must be perfect.” Self-judgment or an inner sense of inadequacy often accompanies this belief, leading to workaholism, perfectionism, or avoidance due to fear of failure or the need to constantly prove oneself to others.
      • “I can’t trust anyone.” Adopting this view leads to isolation, depriving us of opportunities for connection, intimacy, and support, ultimately evoking unhappiness.
      • “I’m unlovable.” Believing ourselves to be unworthy of love attracts unhealthy relationships or sabotages the good ones, leaving us closed off and unable to give or receive love.
    • Becoming More Flexible

      Becoming More Flexible

      Does this mean we should discard all our beliefs and values? We should not. However, not getting stuck with our predetermined beliefs and being more flexible enables us to navigate life with greater ease and wisdom. We uphold personal values and standards without being destabilized when reality diverges from our expectations. With less judgment and the need to be “right,” we experience reduced emotional turbulence.

    • Freeing Stuck Energy

      To unearth the limiting beliefs lurking beneath our conscious awareness, we must dive into the depths of our subconscious minds. One effective approach is to connect with the energy fields of our bodies.

      Eastern healing traditions recognize the presence of subtle energy vortexes known as chakras. Each of the seven major chakras in the subtle body corresponds to core aspects of our consciousness: security, creativity, personal power, connections, communication, and intuition. Imbalances in chakras reflect distorted beliefs and unmet needs.

      When physical or emotional wellbeing issues arise, they often point to subconscious wounds in need of healing. Through introspection, energy work, and holistic therapies, we can address and transform these stuck places and energies within our body-mind.

    • Changing Thought Patterns

      Once we become aware of self-defeating mental patterns, we no longer need to unconsciously believe or react to them. Instead of identifying with limiting narratives, we can embrace our true nature as expansive, creative beings with the ability to shape our inner experience.
      Changing from a toxic to a positive relationship with oneself:

      • You fully accept yourself.
      • You are your best friend.
      • You take care of your body, mind, and spirit.
      • You learn forgiveness and how to loosen up.
      • You set personal boundaries and protect your energy.
      • You can introspect and work on needed improvements.
      • You rely on yourself.
      • You have self-respect and self-love.

      How do we replace negative patterns?

      • “This is one perspective, but this can be seen in a different light.” (Change of Perspective)
      • “I have the means to handle whatever arises.” (Faith)
      • “My value isn’t dependent on arbitrary standards.” (Eliminating “Could have, Would have, Should have”)
      • “This experience reflects that I have something to learn, not who I am.” (Stop taking everything personally.)
    • Conscious Communication

      Ayurveda recognizes the profound impact of conscious communication, drawing inspiration from the esteemed work of Michael Rosenberg. Through the dissolution of limiting beliefs, we transcend reactive patterns and embrace reflective responses.
      Consider the contrast between Reactive and Reflective thinking patterns:

      • Reactive: Feeling irritated by unexpected changes in plans.
      • Reflective: Embracing change and awaiting its unfolding.
      • Reactive: Procrastination or avoidance tendencies.
      • Reflective: Feeling motivated and engaged.
      • Reactive: Hesitating to share your talents with the world.
      • Reflective: Feeling confident in expressing your authentic self.

      As we liberate ourselves from rigid belief systems, we align with our intuition and act authentically. We cease to oppose our true nature, embracing harmony and self-expression.

    • Path to Emotional Freedom

      The path to emotional freedom begins by releasing old beliefs, which entails stepping out of one’s comfort zone. Embracing the unknown requires vulnerability, as old fears may resurface. When we cease clinging to rigid identities, we reconnect with the energetic blueprint of our soul, with its unique gifts and purpose.

      We realize that we are whole as we are, while simultaneously embarking on an adventurous journey of expansion. As we peel away layers of limitation, we feel lighter, more free, more peaceful, and more authentic.

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