Our living environment is characterised by performance, increasing speed and continuous, ever-faster change. By our very nature, we humans are - so far - neither adapted to the pace of change nor to the flood of stimuli and information that is flowing in on us. The consequences are often physical or psychological complaints, the feeling of being overwhelmed and alienated from ourselves. We often feel as "driven" and lose the good feeling of being able to arrange our everyday life self-determined and free. This state of mind is mostly perceived as "stress" and unpleasant.
What we often lack in this state is clarity about what is really important to do. And then the complete attention to one thing to hold. These skills are increasingly becoming key competences for successful work and holistic, sustainable well-being. We use our resources effectively and apply them to the goals that are really important to us and that take us forward.
clarity, calmness and serenity
Developing this clarity requires us to put our constant and uncontrolled thoughts to rest. Only in this dynamic calm can reveal what is really important and right for us - not only from the mind, but from the depth of our being, our heart. We then simply "know" the answers and can act accordingly and self-determinedly.
This is the starting point of the Yoga. Patanjali defines yoga in his basic work of classical yoga, the Yoga Sutras as "the state in which the movements of the mind pass into a dynamic stillness. (Yoga Sutra 1.2.). And further "In this state the Self rests within itself and clarity, calm and serenity is established". (Yoga Sutra 1.3). Clarity, peace and serenity - the essential qualities for our well-being!
But the state of yoga is something that we must strive for again and again. Because our spirit is active and livelyIt is "fed" from within (by convictions, beliefs, values, experiences and memories) and from without (by sensory impressions, experiences, information and opinions of others) and is therefore constantly in motion.
How do we now manage to get clarity of mind and find inner peace? From a holistic point of view, there is a whole range of approaches (in Ayurveda and Yoga) available to us:
Body and movement, mental condition, lifestyle and daily routine, energy balance and Nutrition. The individual pillars interlock and influence each other.
It is therefore worthwhile to look at them all together in order to live a satisfied, healthy and balanced life in the long term. And above all to live what you can, love and are able to do.
Basic assumption: The individual constitution
Every person has his own individual balance - its basic constitution. If he is very close to this state, he feels well, balanced, strong and full of energy and joy of life. Through external - or internal - influences, however, we often move away from our original balance.
Then we feel uncomfortable, only "function", develop health problems or become ill. My work aims at restoring the state of individual balance and resolving the complaints associated with the imbalance. In this way you achieve a profound development towards more well-being and quality of life.
Tips for more clarity in everyday life
Moments of peace
For clarity to arise, silence is needed. Treat yourself to a little time out several times a day to get out of the hamster wheel of everyday life. Thereby you win again "ground beneath one's feet", you come into contact with yourself and can see clearly again what is really essential to do. How long? You should take 5 to 15 minutes - maybe with a nice cup of tea or coffee, a short walk in the fresh air or just let your eyes wander into the distance.
You should only arrive at yourself in the process, Feeling yourselflisten inside and come to rest. Brain research also shows that we can work in a concentrated manner for a maximum of 90 minutes at a time. Then we need a creative Break from 2 to 10 minutes - otherwise our efficiency decreases rapidly!
Take your meals as a starting point for more clarity! Body and mind are known to be in constant change and influence each other. Clarity of mind is promoted by conscious, attentive and simple eating. Conscious and mindful concerns the choice of food and dishes on the one hand and the food itself on the other. Simple means, as Michael Pollan puts it in his wonderful books: "Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't have recognized as food."
That means dishes and ingredients without artificial additivesflavour enhancers and, as far as possible, of regional organic cultivationto minimize pesticides and other unnatural substances. If you cook yourself, it is better to use less ingredients and instead use very good quality ingredients. For example, a pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil and good olive oil. And if you eat out, there are fortunately now many possibilities to eat regional and organic food.
Use your breath
Your breath is available to you always and everywhere. He is the Link between body and mind. When you are under stress, you can observe that your breath usually becomes short, shallow, restless and hectic. It is not for nothing that the vernacular says "First take a deep breath". By slowing down and actively calming your breath, you automatically influence your central nervous system, more precisely the parasympathetic system, which is responsible for the physical state of relaxation.
Let the breath flow calmly and evenly and observe how your stomach bulges forward as you inhale and sinks back in as you exhale. Try - without effort - to gradually make the exhalation a little longer than the inhalation - this also reduces stress. After a few minutes of practice you will notice how your mind also calms down and your thoughts come to rest!
Deep abdominal breathing and prolonged exhalation alone are effective methods of to reduce restlessness and stress hormones and to calm the mind - Clarity can be achieved. A simple starting point without side effects! It is best to take a "breath-pause" for 5 minutes several times a day. Regular exercise will cause your body and mind to switch to relaxation mode increasingly quickly. In the long run, this leads to a lower level of arousal and thus stress and a natural serenity is spreading!
"If a calm mind is to flourish, you must first control your breathing... ...and then your temper will soften and your mind will become calm."
Kariba Ekken - mystic in the 17th century
This article is a guest contribution from Stefanie Wölfl
Psychological consultant, yoga teacher (BDY, European Academy for Ayurveda), Ayurveda specialist, graduate geographer (Univ.), lecturer, seminar leader and coach in the field of potential development and holistic health for companies and in her own practice
Since I can think I am interested in the topics health, movement, relaxation and our human psyche. The connection of body, psyche, self and the possibilities to influence this unity through yoga and Ayurveda fascinates me every day anew! Thus Yoga has become a philosophy of life for me and the red thread of my life.