May 07, 2013 at 9:34 PM
Rasa in Sanskrit means ‘taste’. It also refers to the nourishing fluids in our body, the watery goodness (lymphatic fluid) that surrounds our tissues and provides the juice of life. Ayana refers to the channels that move throughout our body, seen and unseen, carrying these nutritive fluids where they need to go.
Rasayana therapy is offering the body nutritive substances that will enhance longevity, infusing our tissues with vibrancy. This can mean eating whole, simple foods, cooked in a conscious way, drinking a warm cup of milk with some ghee and yummy spices, or using the famous Ayurvedic rasayana – Chayvanprash – a nutritive and delicious jam made from the super fruit, Amalaki, ghee (clarified butter), and a myriad of herbs and spices specific for tonifying the body systems.
One of my parenting delights is when my boys ask me for their “prash” each morning. (They take about a half a teaspoon right from the jar. Success!)
In our stressful world, even when we do try to eat right, our bodies, our minds, and our spirits are taxed. We feel depleted. We wish we had more time for ourselves. We wish we could get more sleep.
Rasayana therapy, offering ourselves fluids, foods, medicines, rest, happy moments, quiet moments, love in even the little moments, can turn our depletion into discovery of a new way of being.
What if we were able to think about what we ingest…”is this a rasayana?”
What if we were able to snuggle with our partner instead of each being in our own world? Rasayana also exists in our relationships.
What if we took five minutes to breathe at the end of the day instead of falling asleep with the TV on?
What if we made that long distance call to our loved one instead of putting it off?
What if we held our children when they were in trouble instead of unleashing our frustration and yelling?
Rasayana to me is everything that builds, not what takes away. It is the cooling and abundance of the mother, the moon, the waters, the womb, the elixir of life, and the beauty we bring to each moment.
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