July 2018


We know the universe is composed of matter and energy. Energy vibrates all matter in

flowing wave patterns. All wave patterns continually fluctuate and change in direction and intensity; thus, change is an inherent quality of Nature. 


According to Yogic philosophy, Nature is composed of the interaction of three forces called

"Gunas". Each Guna displays its own characteristics and cycles through a pattern of dominance and recession with the other two forces. This ebb/flow pattern continuously repeats itself, just like the waves and tides of the ocean, the change in the seasons and internal fluctuations within all living organisms.










The symbol "OM" represents the Gunas. Each flowing shape represents a Guna. "Rajas" 

(Sankrit) is the Force responsible for activity. "Tamas" is the Force leading to inertia and sleep; "Sattwas" is the Force leading to observation of the other two forces - it can be referred to as the "neutral" state - the contemplative/meditative state. Notice the three shapes are aligned to meet at a single point - a "point of choice". It is at this meeting point that you can choose which Force you want to dominate your mind, body and spirit.


All three Gunas need to express dominance every 24 hours in order to maintain internal mental, physical and spiritual balance. When one Guna dominates too long, imbalance occurs and dis-integration of the whole living system ( person, organism) begins. Dis-integration may be self-induced or the result of external factors such as trauma, accidents or unexpected events; however, left unchecked, it leads to serious problems such as depression, poor health and eventually death.


  The good news is....YOU HAVE CHOICE!


YOU ARE MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY OUT OF BALANCE WHEN ONE GUNA DOMINATES YOUR LIFE CYCLE.


The following symptoms arise:


TOO MUCH RAJAS

Over-working due to the need to complete tasks

Driven to succeed = Over-riding the body's need for rest

Indulging in stimulating activity, food and drink

Arguing & needing to control situation and other people

A racing mind you can't control, focus or get to concentrate

Focusing on the future & what still needs to be done

Worrying about what "might happen"


TOO MUCH TAMAS

Lethargic and disinterested in life experiences

Needing to indulge in long periods of inactivity

Wanting to sleep more than your normal requirement

Dull the mind: attraction ad use of mind/mood altering drugs

No drive/depressed/feeling like giving up

Focused on the past


TOO MUCH SATTWAS

Stuck in your head & neglecting duties

So passive you accomplish nothing

So focused on the "big picture" you don't take care of details

Spacey and ungrounded in apparent reality


TO RESTORE BALANCE, ACTIVATE THE GUNAS THAT ARE DIMINISHED

IN YOUR DAILY LIFE EXPERIENCE


By making small changes in your routine, you are consciously choosing to

support your own wellness. Small changes become habits, freeing you from your past.


TO INCREASE RAJAS

Mentally focus on the task at hand = prioritize

Go into action by completing a task - one at a time

Focus on the presesnt moment and responded to "what is"

Engage in social and outdoor physical activities

Eat lighter foods and smaller portions

Practice Hatha Yoga to reduce stress


TO INCREASE TAMAS

Take some "down time" - rest, take a nap

Eat heavier foods that take longer to digest  (meat, starch)

Take some "down time" - read or watch a movie

Enjoy "non-action" time without guilt

​Enjoy solitude, stillness and quiet time

Slow down your breathing pattern


TO INCREASE SATTWAS

Contemplate philosophical/spiritual concepts and perspectives

Practice daily concentration practices & meditation

Spend time loving and watching your animals/children

Daydream

Take a slow walk and notice the natural world around you

Express yourself through the Arts - music, drawing, painting, dance, etc.

Experience fasting (limit intake of food to 500 calories/1 time a week)

Self-observe yourself without judging yourself

Spend time observing Nature

Be quiet

Go fishing


Life is an experience worth living when you embrace each moment from a place of inner balance. Inner balance radiates from harmony with Nature itself; the flow of the Gunas.





The Gunas: Forces of Nature

Esoteric Teacher of eastern philosophies

 Intuitive Adviser for Life Issues

Dream Analysis    Tarot & Astrology

Restorative Yoga   Mind & Meditation Practices

Personal Guide for Expanding Consciousness


OFFERING

Live each moment with awareness,

Melinda

​This video was recorded in 1995 during a live lecture on "The Gunas".