So often we seek to heal or change because we are trying to be a certain way that is something other than the way we are. We try to fix aspects of ourselves because we don't like them rather than trying to grow and change simply because we love all aspects of ourselves. One of the reasons I love the practice of Ayurveda is that it teaches us to be aware and respectful of the way we naturally are. It is inherently a practice of self-love. It shows us it easier to take care of our mind, body, and spirit when we feel they are worth taking care of. This is why all healing in Ayurveda is approached from first understanding what our natural balance is.
This natural balance is referred to as our Prakruti. It literally means "first creation." It is similar to the word prakriti, which is the metaphysical concept that refers to beginnings of the creation of the world. Here, though, we are referring to the balance in the body found at the creation of the individual. More specifically, the prakruti refers to the inherent balance of the three doshas in the individual found at birth and sustained throughout one's lifetime.
The doshas are the forces that act on the body to keep it in homeostasis and that cause any imbalances we experience. Kapha dosha is the creative force responsible for structure and stability in the body. Pitta is the transformative force responsible for metabolism. Vata dosha is the destructive force responsible for movement of and throughout the body. Each dosha is present in all people, but typically, one or two will be prevalent. When someone refers to their dosha they are referring to the one that is most dominant.
Figuring out our prakrutis and which dosha is dominant is the first step towards appreciating ourselves as we are. Once we understand ourselves and the doshas that are present - we can start to live and act in ways that keep us and our doshas in their natural balance.
Your challenge today is take a dosha quiz online. I recommend John Douillard's quiz, but any quiz is fine. While taking the quiz try to be really honest with yourself and answer according to how you've felt over the course of your lifetime - not just how you are feeling now or in your recent past. If you have a partner or good friend you might have them take it with you. Often the people closest to us can offer a clearer lens into our actions and behaviors. Let me know the results and if it turned out the way you expected! Then take a moment to really appreciate all the wonderful and not so wonderful qualities that make you who you are! You can comment here or on my facebook page! Thanks!