Coming Home for the Holidays
You’ve no doubt heard someone use the phrase “I’ll be coming home for the holidays.” This holiday season, we thought it would be fun to explore all the different things that “coming home” can mean and how it impacts your health and well-being. We’ll also mention some practical Ayurvedic tips for staying healthy through the holiday festivities.
In the physical sense, home obviously refers to the shelter where you and your loved ones reside. It offers a sense of comfort and familiarity that usually gives people security and a feeling of “ahhh, I can relax, because I’m at home.” From an Ayurvedic perspective, the home is a vital and integral part of an individual’s well-being. Health starts with the activities of the home: diet and lifestyle. Eating a home-cooked meal appropriate to your constitution has a powerful impact on staying healthy and even happy. Proper rest and nourishing daily routines done in the home bring balance and harmony to the doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. And the emotional support of loved ones at home serves as a buffer to the stresses in life that eat away at our health.
On an emotional level, home may not refer to the physical place where you reside, but any place that contributes the same sense of security, rejuvenation, and peace. As popularized by the 80’s sitcom Cheers, “you want to go where everybody knows your name.” This sentiment of familiarity holds a lot of truth when it comes to finding a place where you can relax. The senses and the mind aren’t on high alert, trying to understand new surroundings and new people; your nervous system allows itself to relax and ground, bringing vata into balance. It is important for your body’s ability to rejuvenate to find this place of rest and harmony.
Finally, on a spiritual note, coming home can refer to returning to one’s center, one’s purpose, and in the highest sense, to Nature or the Divine. Home holds the connotation of being the place of our “roots” or our origin.
Here, being at home means being grounded in your center, being aware of and existing in your true nature, and knowing the interconnectedness of all creation. This home has a lasting impact on your well-being, as it connects you to eternity and infinity.
Regardless of which home(s) you find yourself drawn to this holiday season, we at Banyan want you to experience a healthy and happy time. To that end, we offer these practical tips from the gift bag of Ayurveda, to keep you at your best throughout the season:
We hope that these suggestions are helpful to you during the holidays. From the whole Banyan family, we wish you and your loved ones a warm and blessed season with lots to celebrate and a very Happy New Year!
“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”