“Do not be led by others,
awaken your own mind,
amass your own experience,
and decide for yourself your own path.”
-The Atharva Veda
Welcome spiritual warriors!!! What is consciousness? In a word, it’s awareness. And the more aware we are – of ourselves, of our words, of our actions, of their impact, of other’s emotions, of our surroundings – the more conscious we are. When we are more conscious, we are more aligned with the universe…allowing us to flow love more easily, experience deeper meaning in the moment, and live lives of greater balance and happiness.
In the ancient Vedic traditions, everything in our physical world is made up of a balance of three forces known in Sanskrit as gunas. The gunas are tendencies…potential in a given moment. The three gunas are sattva, rajas, & tamas. Just like the doshas in Ayurveda, each of the three gunas is ever present simultaneously in every particle of creation, but variations in their amounts and the balance they manifest in a given moment influence our surroundings, our mind, our body, and our soul.
So what are the gunas?
• Sattva can be translated to mean clarity, purity, balance, harmony, order, and lucidity. It’s light and luminous – awakening and developing our soul.
• Rajas can be translated to mean change, movement, passion, turbulence, and dynamism. It’s the tendency toward attraction, repulsion, fear, and desire. It’s the principle of energy.
• Tamas can be translated to mean darkness, heaviness, constriction, negativity, and dullness. It’s the force that leads us to attachment, stagnation, and inertia – even destruction or de-volution.
Everything within us and outside of us can be defined as either sattvic – filled with lightness; rajasic – filled with energy; or tamasic – containing heaviness. In each moment, our surroundings, our emotions, the foods we ingest, our feelings, and every internal & external interaction is expressing a guna.
Use the three gunas as a tool of awareness & balance to help you awaken your most genuine self; a tool of balance to ease your physiology and your emotional state back to center; and a tool of growth to help you die to the past and evolve to your best expression.
Join me today on Hay House Radio, and we’ll explore how to balance your gunas to awaken more peace, love & humanity in your life. And join me in April at my dharma – life changing immersion and we will explore and discover how to live a more purpose-driven life. Keep meditating. I’ll see you in the gap!
Looking forward to sharing space with my fellow Hay House authors this weekend at the I Can Do It event in San Jose, California!