Due to hectic schedules, unavailability, social manners, we may find ourselves suppressing natural urges.
We wait for a moment to be free or to be alone.
We live in a modern world where we are constantly solicited, busy or surrounded by people and we have to stand up to expectations either of our productivity or of our own image.
Our cultural and civilized society train us and conform us since our childhood so that suppressing our urges becomes a habit…
…a very harmful habit.
Our urges appear spontaneously, naturally, at various times and intervals accordingly to the stimuli of our nervous system inducing it, and also sometimes in response to our direct environment.
In Ayurveda, it is not taboo at all.
Actually, it is valued as one of the major factors for diseases to start and progress. Ayurveda considers natural urges as crucial and vital functions of our body.
In that vision, we should reconsider the way we see and handle our urges and not be too prompt to judge, hide or control it.
It is time to understand its importance in the prevention of disease and the role it can play in the homeostasis and internal balance of our body and mind.
Vegadharan is the Ayurvedic term used to describe suppressing natural urges, and a whole chapter is dedicated to that.*
That speaks to its importance.
Our body constantly assimilates, transforms, regenerates…but it also needs to eliminate all the waste, toxins and byproducts of all those processes.
Elimination has a unique and important role just as all others. Between a weed and a flower there is only judgment, right?
Urine, feces, flatus, vomiting, sneezing, belching, yawning, thirst, hunger, crying, sleeping, ejaculating, etc. are generated because of different body activities that if stopped or prevented can be harmful and produce different diseases.
Here are some of the different consequences that can occur:
These urges should never be delayed or suppressed, or forcefully initiated, with mind or body control.
It is a concept introduced in the classics referring to bad attitude and actions we consciously and knowingly do, denying our inner wisdom, intellect, intuition and will. Suppressing natural urges falls under that category.
In order to be healthy we have to listen to the wisdom of our body that never fail to express its needs should we be ready to listen and act accordingly.
The below, on the contrary, are mentioned to be suppressed should one want a long and happy life:
Our blessing from refraining those will be Dharma, Artha and Kama.
If you constantly for various reasons hold the calls of Nature, it will inevitably contribute to more serious and complicated diseases.
Attending to your natural urges may even be more important than avoiding embarrassment and maintaining your image!
*Source: Ashtanga Hrdayam (Chapter 4) and Charaka Samhita (Chapter 7)
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