One of the most important ways to achieve balance is to create regularity in your daily schedule. Whether you have trouble sleeping, irregular digestion, feeling depressed, experience back pain or just feel off, YOU have the power to make these changes WITHOUT the need for Western medicine practices and/or pharmaceuticals. According to Ayurvedic medicine there is an ideal schedule, Dinacharya, that aligns us with the rhythms of nature. This simplified schedule from Deepak Chopra's book, Perfect Health, teaches us that we are meant to ride the wave, not to fight against it. In an effort to do so, I suggest you follow the schedule as best as you can. Soon you will feel what it's like to live a day in perfect rhythm.
Rising: 6-8 a.m.
- Wake up without an alarm clock
- Drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice (encourage morning bowel movements)
- Sun Salutations, light yoga practice
- Meditate (sit in stillness, even if it's just for a few minutes)
- Eat breakfast
Lunch: 12-1 p.m.
- Lunch should be the largest meal of the day
- Sit quietly for five minutes after eating
- Short walk following to aid digestion
Dinner: 6-7 p.m.
- Eat a moderate dinner slowly
- Avoid distractions (especially TV) while eating
Bedtime: 9:30-10:30 p.m.
- Keep activity light in the evening
- turn off electronics
These changes may take some time to adjust to, a week of self-discipline will give you results. Consistency is the key and once you begin to feel the benefits, you will want to continue forever. If your saying to yourself... I just don't have that kind of time, well MAKE IT, nothing is as important as your health. You NEED to make that a top priority! Initially you may need to allow more time for the morning routine, once this routine is established you will feel that your day is more productive and all activities are healthier and more enjoyable. Choose QUALITY over quantity and your relationships, your health, and your life will reap the benefits.