What Mind Are You?

Have you ever wondered what actually accounts for differences in people? Why are some people hyperactive and fast moving, while others exude grace and stillness? Why can some people eat a five-course meal with ease, while others can barely finish a salad? Why are some people inherently joyous, while others carry the weight of the world on their shoulders? Modern genetics offers some insight, but what about the characteristics and idiosyncrasies that make every person unique? Ayurveda answers all of these questions with the Three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

The doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind. They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment.

The doshas derive from the Five Elements and their related properties. Vata is composed of Space and Air, Pitta of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water.

I have difficulty with mental focus or am easily distracted

I feel anxious or worry a lot

I feel overwhelmed and/or chaotic

I start new projects, but often do not finish them

I have a hard time falling asleep

I wake frequently in the night and can't easily get back to sleep

I have a hard time making decisions

I feel restless

I often act impulsively or inconsistently

I tend to not follow through on commitments I have made

I feel discontented with my life

I am judgmental and critical of others

I’ve been feeling jealous of others

I often express anger towards others

I feel irritable or impatient

I am compulsive, and find it hard to stop once I’ve started a project

I am strongly opinionated, freely sharing my point of view without being asked

I am easily frustrated by other people

I feel the need to out-compete others

I’ve been ruminating over situations from the past

I’ve been dealing with conflict by withdrawing from others

I have accumulated too much clutter

I’ve been resistant to changing my routine/habits even though I know I should

I’ve been reluctant to leave a relationship, job, or situation even though it is no longer in my best interest to stay

I feel stuck and/or stagnant

I intend to be more physically active, but just don't get around to it

I’ve been eating more out of my emotional rather than nutritional needs

I tend to be sluggish in the morning

I have mental fog

I feel lethargic and lack motivation