5 Ayurvedic Rituals for the Whole Family

A ritual is a stable and balanced regularity whether it is executed daily or once-in-a a lifetime; it is grounding and rooting. No matter how simple or composite, a ritual is a time to unite with prodigious consciousness and the senses. The experiences are meant to be pure or sattvic. Stability and purity are two qualities that can invite all types of body types of all ages into a state of healing.

According to Ayurveda Sarvam dravyam Panchabhautikam, all creation arises from five great elements known as mahabhutas. The panhcamahabhutas also form our bodies.

Ayurveda’s wisdom is simple: Stay aligned with nature—your own true nature—and you will experience greater health and happiness.

To keep these five elements balanced, these five simple activities can become daily rituals for your own healing and sanity and can be easily made into a family ritual.

EARTH: Start your day with a prayer before leaving the bed

Thank you, God, for this beautiful day before me.
May joy, love, peace, and compassion be part of my life and all those around me on this day
I am healing, and I am healed.
O! Mother Earth, who has the ocean as clothes and mountains and forests on her body, who is the wife of Lord Vishnu, I bow to you.  Please forgive me for touching you with my feet.

After this prayer, touches the ground with your right hand, then the same hand to the forehead, with great love and respect to Mother Earth.

WATER: awaken your digestive system

Drinking a cup of warm water first thing in the morning is great for improving digestion. The warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that maintain bodily flow.

FIRE: Say a prayer before meals

The fire element is representative of agni, which helps us digest our food and transform our life experiences into memory. Ayurveda suggests eating meals with full attention to your food for optimal digestion. The first step is to turn off or turn away all electronic devices while eating and say a prayer before meals to awaken our digestive fire.

annam brahma raso Vishnu
pakto devo maheshvarah
evam jñaktva tu yo bhunkte
anna dosho na lipyate

The creative energy in the food is Brahma.
The nourishing energy in the body is Vishnu.
The transformation of food into pure Consciousness is Shiva.
If you know this, then any impurities in the food you eat will never become part of you.

AIR: Wake up during brahmamuhurta and go for a daily walk

Brahmamuhurta or Amrit vela—the ambrosial hours— also known as God’s Hours, is the one-and-a-half-hour period before sunrise. After a good night’s sleep, the mind is refreshed, calm, and serene.  At this time, there is a preponderance of sattva or purity in mind and the atmosphere.  Sleeping later than 6:00 a.m. causes communication channels to be clogged with impurities, leading to depressed moods and slow communication between the heart, soul & mind. Making this a daily ritual( A part of your Dincharya) can greatly change your mood and even your biorhythms. The fresh air will fill your body with prana and help you connect with your inner self.

Ether: Sing
Ether creates the space for the other elements to fill. The mind is composed of ether. While the mind becomes easily disturbed, ether represents the substratum upon which thoughts and emotions ride like waves upon the ocean. The sattvic or undisturbed mind is the essence of ether. Whether chanting OM alone in morning practice, your favorite chant, or Meditation, it balances the ether element, boosting our mood and energy.

Ah, how important it is to keep all special rituals going to check in with our souls and ensure we are on the right track to leading the life we want.

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