Your Body Is Your Guide

So often we look outside for answers to what is happening inside of us. We don’t usually take the time to slow down and notice our body’ own inherent wisdom, intelligence, and abilities to communicate with us what is going on. It’s actually quite simple, when we feel truly good then we must be doing something right. When we feel not so good, then we must be doing something that isn’t that good for us. You see, the body communicates through symptoms, or the lack thereof. Not only that but on a more subtle level we can hear/feel an inner “guidance” that tells us in its own way which way to go or to stay. In other words, there is what some may call “intuition” and when we can experience this as a subtle whisper beneath the chaotic nature of the turbulent mind we can navigate our way through this time-space continuum.

Ayurveda knows that when we experience imbalances it is because somehow we are acting disharmoniously.  Harmonious actions produce better health and disharmonious actions produce ill-health. When we take time to listen to the symptoms we can see how we can adjust our lifestyles in order to reduce or reverse symptoms. Ayurveda teaches us to pay attention to little things – these are fundamental indications that something is out of balance with our relationship to diet and lifestyle. It is with the understanding of how we live through our diet and lifestyle that we can either discover health or create disease. Additionally, it is with realigning ourselves with nature, and with supporting our diet and lifestyles that any disease can be managed optimally, sometimes even to the point or total reversal. It all just depends.

This body of ours asks for our attention. Usually, the signs start out in subtle ways and when they get ignored they progress until they are screaming at us and the body isn’t able to cope any longer. Ayurveda seeks to prevent the elevation and progression of a disease by taking note of what the simple and subtle symptoms are and preventing them by “reversing the nidana” or reversing the etiology (cause).

Are we able to take the time to notice such things? The body isn’t able to directly say “please don’t eat that pizza with this cold because I’ll stay sicker longer and get more mucousy” or “please don’t stay up late because I’ll have cravings for sugar and caffeine to give me energy (when I know I can do it naturally if only I got some adequate rest).” The body shows us through symptoms relating to cause and effect, and when we can connect the dots we can see that the body has been communicating with us long enough, and to steer clear. Otherwise, the opposite happens and then we complain about how “I don’t have time for getting sick.” Meanwhile, the body says “if I made more time to take care of myself and didn’t sacrifice my health for my lifestyle, then I wouldn’t have to get sick.”

Take notice of what is present within the body and compare it to what is going in and what is coming out. Look at the life/lifestyle and examine the diet. Do you see any correlation? Prevention is key to maintaining health. Knowing how to live in accordance with nature and from our hearts/emotions/bodies, as guidance systems towards health and happiness. A bit of attention and self-care can go a long way. Ayurveda teaches us to be the master of our health. It takes time and patience, compassion, and slowing down to “smell the roses.” Slow down because you’re worth the time and effort. Remember, health is wealth. What’s the point of seeking wealth when health is thrown under the bus?

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.

What is your body/heart telling you? What is your life telling you? See any correlation between what your life and lifestyle look like and what the quality of your health is?

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Dr. Vishnu Aragona AD, LMT, is one of Philadelphia's leading experts in Ayurveda, with over 20 years of experience in holistic training. He has been recognized by NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association) as meeting the requirements as a Doctor of Ayurveda. Vishnu has a Master's Degree in Ayurveda and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Vishnu is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing various other modalities. He has been practicing for 22 years and teaching classical yoga rooted in Ayurveda for over 15 years. His Ayurveda, Yoga, and Massage center, Still Point Ayurveda is the leading Ayurvedic Center in Philadelphia. Visit to find out more and to schedule appointments.

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