Did you know that determining your Ayurvedic Mind-Body Type can also help you discover your limiting beliefs? Understanding the inner complexity of our mind has been getting a lot of hype this year with the law of attraction and manifestation becoming the norm as well as understanding what our limiting beliefs are. What a relief!!
Our society has been obsessing over the body with new fad diets for too long. It is about time we awakened to the fact that our bodies are interconnected to our minds. So in healing our physical bodies, we must address our mindset.
How do we address our mindset and how is this linked to the most ancient science- Ayurveda?
How do we understand and truthfully evaluate our mindscape?
Let’s take a look at our mindset first. Well, do you ever pay attention to the thoughts in your head? The voice inside you that absolutely loves to chat? It can sound like anything from “what should I have for dinner” to “omg, I can’t believe she just said that to me!” to “you shouldn’t have done that”. Yes, it may seem chaotic and have no rhyme or reason some of the time. But nothing in our lives is random or a coincidence. We can actually detect similar belief patterns in our endless stream of thoughts and link them to a core limiting belief.
For example, If you constantly have the thought “I shouldn’t have done that,” or if you are constantly feeling guilty for your past actions, this is a pattern. This pattern is linked to a core limiting belief. In this example, the belief may be, “I feel responsible for others’ emotions and reactions’“. This limiting belief is embedded in your subconscious mind and is completely controlling your reality. Let’s say a family member asks you to do a favor for them. You have a feeling of being drained and exhausted after performing such a favor. However, you say yes without blinking an eye. Why is this?
Because you are holding on to the limiting belief that you are responsible for others’ emotions and reactions. Meaning- if this family member were to be upset with you for not helping them out, you would feel even more awful than just doing the favor. Before you begin naming your limiting beliefs as the enemy and halting these thought patterns when they arise, think about this concept from a fuller perspective. A limiting belief is the mother of all beliefs and gives us immense insight into understanding the root cause of our suffering. Without the presence of this belief, we would have no idea that it was running the show in the first place. So it actually is a great gift when these beliefs come up.
So how do we discover what limiting beliefs are?
This is where the beautiful and ancient wisdom of Ayurveda seamlessly weaves in. In Ayurveda, there are three main doshas or energy types that describe our physical body, physiological functions, mindset, personality, etc. They are kapha, pitta and vata. It is mainstream to associate yourself with just one of the doshas, since we tend to have one dominant dosha (although you can be dual dosha). The truth is that we are a unique combination of all the doshas. A certified Ayurvedic healer has the ability to determine what unique doshic percentages make you your highest self and connect you to your authenticity. In understanding what dosha resonates most with you, you can determine the core limiting belief that is driving your subconscious belief patterns and creating your current reality. Here are the three core limiting beliefs we see the most often with our clients.
How the Doshas are connected to deeper limiting beliefs
For kaphas, we commonly see the limiting belief that in order to be loved, “I need to give all I can”.
We see kaphas all the time who put in all their energy and time in helping others. Their whole day is filled with doing things for everyone except themselves. This behavior eventually turns into emotions, such as resentment, toward loved ones not appreciating them as much and also guilt for whenever they are unable to be there for someone.
For pittas, the limiting belief is that in order to be loved, “I need to do and be more.”
Pittas can find themselves racking up a million certifications, listening to copious amounts of podcasts and reading five books simultaneously. This eventually burns them out, and they are left feeling bitter and angry for not being recognized and accepted.
For vatas, the limiting belief is that in order to be loved, “I need to follow someone else’s rules”.
Vatas love their freedom and often feel like someone or something is trying to take it from them. This belief ends up amplifying their anxiety even more from either excessive thinking or trying to fit in a box that is not authentic to them. Notice what dosha’s limiting belief pattern resonates the most and strikes a chord within you. This may show up as a memory resurfacing, a visceral feeling in your body or a deep inner voice. We call this our intuition. The voice inside us that we can trust whole heartedly and serves as our golden compass.
Just acknowledging this one limiting belief pattern can enlighten us greatly and free us from having to hold on to it. Other times, our limiting belief patterns can be so ingrained in us that they provide for an even greater opportunity – an opportunity to see guidance and receive a deeper transformation from an experienced healer.