Ayurveda And Time Management

Within western society, time is a thing or something that we are granted every day yet seldom or never seem to have enough of to spare. Spent in countless ways we seemingly use up most if not all of our accorded time, and yet not always in ways that are conducive or contributory to the creation and formation of a healthier body, spirit and mind.

Within the science of Ayurveda, you can discover and learn the Ayurvedic wisdom to arrange your day to day schedule in order to not only sleep, eat, digest, work, exercise and create, but to do it all at your optimum potential, and do all of this just by tuning in and following the natural Doshic rhythms of your body

If one had to categorise time and list the times of the day as they segmented it, most people would have, waking up and getting ready for work, then breakfast time ( eaten quickly no doubt), lunchtime (eaten at your desk of scoffed down whilst walking ), dinner time; which is probably the only meal eaten sitting down, and bedtime (which may include falling asleep in front of the TV screen) with work and other tasks scattered in there somewhere.

As a western society, we weren’t raised and taught to plan our day in accordance with the energy spectrum of a particular time of day. In European countries like Spain and Italy, siestas or “nap” times are common and create an allowance for people to rest after eating lunch, however, most countries in the western world you are expected to work throughout the day, normally with a standard thirty-minute break allocated for lunch, with dinner being your largest meal because it often proves to be the only meal you eat at home

Seldom do people pack themselves lunches, and those that do will generally make a salad or sandwich, which is eaten cold because of being kept in the fridge at work, and this contradicts the ayurvedic rules of diet and nutrition as cold foods douse or put out agni, our digestive fire.

As Westerners, we were never taught to schedule your tasks with the corresponding hours of the day that radiated certain energies, to schedule your creative tasks for the afternoon, your organisational tasks for the morning and your reflective and calming tasks for the early evening, in the way the science of Ayurveda recommends. Generally one just does whatever is on your schedule, with no consideration as to how that times energy may affect without considering how time’s energy might affect you, your physical-spiritual body and the tasks at hand

Often we view each hour as a separate entity, apart from the full circadian rhythm and the solar and lunar cycles that so deeply affect our whole being. Much like animals venture out at dawn or in the early morning and head off to sleep with the setting of the sun, so too, we are intimately connected with nature, and have been disconnected by our modern lifestyles. The invention of artificial light has caused us to become beings that work and are awake around the clock, leading to a serious variety of imbalances

However, Ayurveda can provide a solution, connecting your daily rhythm with natures and restoring a balance to your body.