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Vision boards are all the rage. Over the past few years, I have seen them pop up in workout regimens, professional goal setting, and lifestyle imagining programs. A vision board helps you visualize what a specific transformation will look like. Recently, I started a 1-year Ayurveda workbook. It asks you to create a vision board to help you “manifest dreams into reality”. No other specifics are listed, so this vision board can be pretty inclusive. Though I have many digital tools to turn to, I think using a blog post will work just fine. I thought it best to start my vision board by developing a series of questions to answer.
What do you want your daily routine to look like?
Ayurveda highly recommends a daily routine. I wrote about my routine before, but it is easy for me to fall out of it. Anything can get in the way. A thunderstorm in the middle of the night that wakes me up can make me too tired to get up at 5:50, my preferred time. If I indulged the night before on greasy food, I feel too disgusting to workout. Maintaining a daily routine requires consistency at all times of the day. I am going to strive to maintain this consistency each day in order to maintain a daily routine.
What do you want your workout habits to look like?
Ayurveda promotes a morning workout routine that includes a little sweat, yoga, meditation, and pranayama (breath work). I can usually carve out 45 minutes each morning on work days and 1 1/2 hours on the weekends and Mondays (the day I work from home). I would like to build a more consistent morning workout routine that is more in tune with Ayurveda, but that also allows me to pursue Pilates and getting in much-needed toning. I am going to strive to develop a morning routine that includes a little cardio sweat, weights or toning, yoga, meditation, and pranayama (breathing techniques) on work days. On the weekends I will strive to do longer yoga, meditation and pranayama, cardio, and Pilates in different combinations.
What do you want your eating habits to look like?
Ayurveda promotes seasonal eating and eating according to your dosha. I am a pitta-kapha combination on any given day. For me, eating in the Summer means staying away from foods that are too hot (hot sauce) or too cold (popsicles) and indulging more in fresh and local berries, leafy greens, beans, and soft cheeses. Ayurveda isn’t necessarily vegetarian, but some meats are preferred over others depending on the season. I would also like to incorporate more powerful spices into my cooking, such as ginger, cardamom, and turmeric. I am going to strive to learn more about what to eat, when to eat it, and how to eat it (cooking, eating without distraction, and food combining) according to Ayurveda and eat according to my dosha six days a week.
What do you want your hobbies to look like?
For the past five years, I have been focusing on a PhD. I’ve often wondered what I would focus my time on when I finished. There are a few hobbies I have in mind right now. The first is to learn more about Ayurveda and really study it. The second is to work on other academic research projects for long stretches of time, such as a book project about Erich Jantsch. The third is to focus on learning new things for stretches of time, such as learning to play an instrument, discovering how to maintain my garden, or discovering more about essential oils. I am going to strive to work on scheduled learning time and set goals for my learning.
That is it for my vision board. I’d love to hear from others who may have created similar boards to hear what you also added to yours.