Tuesday, November 3, 2015

73%



A few weeks ago my teacher Jen came to visit. She mentioned she wanted to try and sleep as late as she could while on her trip. "I wish I could do that," I said, "I just keep waking up earlier and earlier all the time; there's so much I want to do." She said something about how, according to Ayurveda, one of the best things we can do is not let our ambition interfere with our sleep. "What a nut-job," I thought. The morning is my most productive time. To be honest though, I do wish I could sleep in a little later, at least sometimes.

I visited our local Ayurvedic doctor and she addressed the dissatisfaction I'm having in the sleep department as a pitta imbalance. According to Ayurveda, pitta's main element is fire; pitta controls our digestion, metabolism and energy production. All great things except for in excess. My over-ambition of late had me waking up too early; sure I was getting loads done and basically I was ready to sack out at 5:30pm. Tizia, our local Auyrvedic guru says that she suggests to her pitta clients to try and function at 73%, a still high rate of accomplishment with plenty of time for rest and rebuilding.

It's been funny for me to find out I'll follow pretty much any new rule that comes my way, no matter if it's about working harder or working less. I've been following the new 73% rule to great success, stuff's getting done and it's okay if it's not getting done as quickly. And, very happily, I'm getting more sleep. And I'm still pretty chipper around 7:30pm.

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