1. the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
2. the state of feeling certain about the truth of something.
3. a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
More confidence, anyone? Yes, please!
Developing confidence involves becoming more skillful in your life, and filling your toolbox with lasting ways to increase your confidence when you are challenged or under duress.
I call this Soul Equity; the more you have stocked up, the more you can dip into it when needed. No one is confident 100% of the time, and that’s human! By learning and integrating Ayurvedic practices into our lives, if and when we falter and lose sight of our innate strengths and unique gifts, we can take a breath and reconnect to our Soul Equity to persevere and continue on in our day with loving~kindness for ourselves and others.
Know Your Dosha Or Mind Body Type
The first step in doing so is LEARNING about our unique biological constitution, or Dosha. There are multiple resources for evaluating and determining your primary dosha. Both Banyan Botanicals and Maharishi Ayurveda offer great online quizzes that take a few minutes and offer an introductory understanding to your particular biological type.
You have a dominant type(s) or prakruti, but imbalances manifest in your vikruti. The combined knowledge of the needs and inclinations of your prakruti, and what you need to re-balance any vikruti is exceptionally empowering and fortifying.
Find Stillness Within Yourself
A daily MEDITATION practice is an enormous boon to your tool box! When we make time to hold space for ourselves in regular meditation practice, without the addition of any stressful expectations but with anticipation for an opportunity to sit in stillness and breathe, magic happens. We become more attuned to our breath, our bodies, and our surroundings. There is something very special about creating a space and regular ritual that you return to, checking in, and just Being.
If a regular practice seems insurmountable, devote just 5 minutes either upon waking or before bedtime, or even take a meditative walk during lunch. Let your focus continually return to the easy ocean flow of your breath, or if you prefer- a phrase or word that holds meaning for you and helps you allow ease to deepen in your body, mind and spirit.
Nourish Your Body With An Oil Massage
Saving the best for last, ABHYANGA, or self massage with warm coconut or sesame oil, is our third recommendation to authentically and organically boost confidence using Ayurveda. The ancient texts of Ayurveda recommend a regular self massage practice, and any opportunity to implement this highly nourishing and supportive ritual will be of benefit.
The sentinel Ayurveda text, the Charaka Samhita states:
The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.
Not too shabby.
Physical benefits include nurturing, fortifying and support for our largest organ, our skin, which is essential for our immune balance, relief from any sleep disturbances, and improves circulation and muscle tone. Self massage offers opportunity for you to connect deeply with your body, and lubricate yourself from toes to head.
Try it tonight! Fill a plastic squeeze bottle of sesame or coconut oil in a bowl of hot water to heat and then bring it into a warm, peaceful room. Add a few drops of sandalwood or lavender essential oil if you wish, instill oil onto your palms and start at your feet, and slowly make your way all the way up your body, making small circular movements of varying pressure based on what feels good.
Spend extra time on any areas of dry skin or tension-filled muscle bellies, and don’t forget your abdomen. Use your fingerpads to massage your belly counterclockwise, (from pubis to right hip, to diaphragm, to left hip) to increase digestion and move any bloating.
Continue from fingers and up each arms, making certain to spend some time on your neck and jaw. If you want head to toe nourishment, also massage your scalp and hair.
Allow the oil to absorb while wrapped warmly at least 20 minutes, and either shower to rinse ( soap isn’t indicated, oil is a natural deep cleanser! ), or wear comfortable clothes and socks you designate as Okay To Be Oily, and get a well~deserved night of full, deep, restorative sleep! I guarantee you’ll wake the next morning with blooming confidence!
Ayurveda offers many simple, but extremely effective recommendations to cultivate wellness and authentic confidence. Let us know what your experiences are and how your confidence expands!