Meditations seems to come easily to some people whereas others struggle to find a way to be still and calm no matter how hard they try. Meditation can bring enormous benefits, both psychological and physical, which is why it is worthwhile to persevere even if you feel that you are not really getting anywhere. For some people a guided meditation is an excellent starting point and there are plenty of these to choose from now, mostly free to access on the internet. Not everyone responds well to this type of meditation as some people prefer total silence as they take themselves into a meditative state. The first thing to do is decide which of the three Dosha types corresponds most closely to you. This is part of the Ayurvedic system of healing and you can choose to visit an Ayurvedic practitioner if you want to obtain an in-depth profile of your constitution. If you are fairly certain which doshic type fits you best you can go ahead and try a meditation technique that seems to be most closely aligned to your personality, preferences and physique.
Let us assume that you are predominantly Pitta in your emotional and physical bodies. You wish to establish a helpful and enjoyable meditation technique that suits you. Because Pitta relates to fire and water you may find that you have strong emotions, are fairly quick to anger and that your brain is constantly active. You probably feel very passionately about certain issues and have a sharp intellect which leads you to analyze each situation to the point of over-thinking. This can be exhausting, and, in the context of meditation, can sometimes lead to unresolved issues and thoughts that have been given the opportunity to rise up and hi-jack the process, leaving you feeling worse than before you started!
The Benefits of Meditation for Pitta
Because Pitta Doshic types are prone to over thinking they often struggle to find the calm center necessary for effective meditation. However, for the same reason, it is important to find a meditation practice or method that does work for you so that you can bring unruly thoughts under control and achieve the state of calm relaxation that is vital for the maintenance of good health. Pittas benefit greatly from allowing the mind and the body to simply “be”. They often tend to be very productive types, always on the go and not really devoting enough of their time to self-care. If you can establish a regular meditation routine for yourself you will be amazed at how much more productive you become, whilst at the same time strengthening your immune system and building resistance to diseases of both the body and the mind. Other benefits of meditation for Pittas include increased mental clarity and a renewed sense of purpose. You may find that after a meditation session your focus shifts slightly and you are more able to address the really important aspects of your life rather than dissipating your energy by attempting to do too many things at once.
Meditation Tips for Pittas
The best time of day for Pittas to meditate is between 10am and 2pm.
As a Pitta, you probably become very impatient with people who instruct you to “just relax”. You also most likely, respond well to any exercise that progresses in a logical, sequential way as your analytical mind enjoys completing each step in a process as you progress towards your goal. For these reasons you may wish to compile your own meditation script, either recorded or in your own head and stick with it each time you meditate. Using a candle flame as your focus may appeal to the fire element of your constitution. In this case, place a plain white candle in a place that you can see comfortably from a relaxed sitting position. Gaze at the flame for a few seconds while you place all of your awareness into your breaths. Notice your breath as you inhale and exhale and consciously deepen and slow your breathing for 4 or 5 cycles.
Pittas may well be prone to anxiety and worry. If this is the case for you, develop a mantra that is reassuring for you and repeat it aloud several times as you continue to gaze at the candle flame. Your mantra may contain positive affirmations such as “I am safe. I am protected from all harm. I am healthy and strong. I think only positive thoughts. I am calm. I am relaxed”. You will find the forms of the words best suited to you if you try some variations out.
The other very useful aspect of meditation that is strongly aligned with the Pitta personality is service. Once you have centered and grounded yourself, focus on sending all of the positive, loving, kind and caring energies you have generated out into the world. Send them to your loved ones, to nature and the planet, to areas of discord and trouble in the world, and also to those who may be causing you stress or feelings of disharmony.
End your meditation by bringing your awareness fully back to your own body. Integrate the energies into your etheric body by breathing deeply into your lower abdomen. The physical action of “gathering in” the energy and gently placing both hands just below your navel helps to bring the exercise to a satisfying close.