ama that is a metaphor for toxins. It is a kind of "sludge" that accumulates in the body overtime when foods are not completely digested or if we don't take the time to cleanse routinely. Unprocessed emotions and feelings - like food - can turn into mental ama if we do not address and release them as they come. When something bad happens to you, it triggers painful emotions that you don't want to feel. Mental ama is an accumulation of these unresolved, hurtful feelings. Mental ama can create bitterness and frustration if you feel you've been treated unfairly. Or, it can simply create sadness and depression if you've lost hope. Either way, mental ama changes your attitude towards the world and your life, often in ways that undermine your own progress in life.
Ayurveda encourages mindfulness practices to help you resolve these stored emotions. When your emotions resolve you find acceptance, restore hope, and ultimately release thoughts, feelings and emotions so that they do not build up and create emotional patterns that can wreak havoc in your life. This week, spend 5 - 10 minutes each day processing your emotions. You could journal, meditate, go for a walk, or do anything that rejuvenates your mind and allows you to release anything you may be holding on to that does not serve you. See if you notice any patterns or recurring themes in your thoughts and emotions. Another practice is imagining a light within you, guiding the way and clearing out any muck that is holding you back. You can meditate on the image of a candle in your mind or a bright, radiant light in your heart.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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