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Mental health is an important aspect of Ayurveda.  Everything is connected, mind-body-spirit, so one aspect affects all the others.  Ayurveda recommends certain techniques to keep mentally fit so that we can function optimally.  Remember that we have the freedom to choose our mental states, so we can practice keeping our minds in good shape.

-Meditation.  Meditate regularly.  Every day, twice a day, for 20-30 minutes each time. 

-Cultivate a constructive mental attitude.  Develop optimism, cheerfulness, and the habit of possibility-thinking.  Remember that challenges are temporary, so don’t let them get you down.

-Use your powers of intelligence.  Pay attention to your intuition, and look for synchronistic events; there are no coincidences.  Choose your words with the best of intention, and speak constructively.  Act with purpose to support ordered thinking.

-Keep memories in perspective.  There is a difference between the information that we garner from memories and the emotions that are attached to those memories.  We can access our memories without having to be influenced by feelings of anger, sadness, guilt, or regret.  We can allow memories of success to remind us of the goodness of life.  We can let memories motivate us to make better choices in the present moment.  Live in the moment, and not in the memories.

-Witness your emotional and mental states rather than becoming identified with them.  Remember that these states come and go, so focus on thinking rationally and being emotionally balanced and mature.

-Live with purpose.  Have intention behind your actions, and develop constructive habits.  Focus on what is important, and what is real.  Live the knowledge that you learn.

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