Nature, the original reality show

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In the last few weeks, a scientific report demonstrating the large scale impact humanity has had on the planet, and a blockbuster new movie detailing one way we’ve managed to do so, have been released. Both highlight mankind’s deep disconnection with nature. That’s why becoming familiar with the Dosha Code, is so important. Why? Because due to their elemental make-up, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the perfect guides to help us become reacquainted. Nature is the original reality show. Indigenous peoples have long recognised it’s the only show to watch, and been tuning in and looking after the earth as a direct result. It’s time we started doing the same.

The Anthropocene era is nearly official. ‘ Scientists are a step closer to ..declaring the dawn of the ..era, marking the beginning of humanity’s irreversible impact on Earth.’ (1) Anthropocene is derived from the Greek terms for “human” and “new”. Because we’ve become so efficient at creating climate change, species loss and pollution, a new geologic epoch and moniker is now required. ‘The formal start date suggested is the 1940’s or 1950’s which ‘coincides with the appearance of plutonium, a man-made radioactive element used in nuclear weapons.’ (1) “Oppenheimer”, a movie about the creation of the first atomic bomb and it’s impact on history, has just opened to large box-office takings. Talk about co-incidental timing.

Throughout the ages, nature has been revered as the giver of all gifts – nurturer, restorer, safe harbour and muse. And in times gone past it was through the close observation of nature, rather than the watching of a tv reality show, that decisions were made about how to live daily life. The movement of the sun, and the change of seasons were the viewing subject matter, rather than fast cars and luxury homes.

I’ve just returned from New Caledonia, where I visited the indigenous Kanak Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Throughout the displays, the relationship between man, plants and the earth was front and centre. A sculpture called ‘The Plant Man’, inspired by the yam, depicted that just as a yam grows out of the ground, so too man’s link with nature is strong and essential for his balance. And yet we wonder why we all feel so out of kilter.

Nature is in a state of constant change and flux, which is why life is so difficult to balance. And if we’re not paying attention to the changes, how then can we expect to know the best way to respond? This feeling of balance we all strive for, is only possible once we begin to get in sync with nature and her cycles and rhythms. This is where knowing the Doshas comes in handy. They help us make sense of the changes, by constantly displaying a pattern of signs and symbols, that relate to every elemental change taking place. And it’s this predictable behaviour, that helps us become fluent over time. Once we understand Vata, Pitta and Kapha’s personalities – what aggravates and upsets them, what soothes and balances them, and how each one increases during various cycles, we can then make more informed choices as we go about our daily lives. And it’s this practical simplicity in application, that’s what makes Ayurveda such a gift of a science.

When we understand that by waking up with the sun during Vata’s airy time of movement we’ll automatically have more energy for the day ahead, we’re more likely to try and do so. When we realise jogging in the middle of summer during Pitta season is likely to exacerbate the heat she’s already automatically generating, we might decide to try swimming instead. When we recognise young children grow and form during the Kapha age, we grasp why it’s sensible to encourage movement rather than screen time, so the heaviness of the earth can be lightened up. The search for power is a quest as old as time. But it’s the energetic form of power that nature offers, that’s the best one to aspire to.

‘ The Anthropocene shows the power – and hubris – of humankind. But as former U.S. White House science adviser John Holdern has said “the hubris is in imagining that we are in control,” ‘ (2) He has a point. Yes of course nature is in control. She always has been, and always will be. So it’s in our interests to try and understand her ways. If we do, we can ensure her natural intelligence remains clean and pristine. If we don’t, and we taint her workings, it’s this that brings us harm. It’s time to switch our viewing channels, and the Doshas are here to help us do so.

KNOW YOUR DOSHAS

References:

1)Mailonline 12/7/23 Shivali Best ‘ The “new age of man”: Scientists are a step closer to declaring the dawn of the Anthropocene era-marking the beginning of humanity’s irreversible impact on Earth.’

2) NPR News, Associated Press 11/7/23 ‘ Scientists say new epoch marked by human impact – the Anthropocene – began in 1950’s.’