Mental Ama

Author: Linda Sinden   Date Posted:9 July 2018 

We are all familiar with the notion that impurities can gather in the body much like oil in a car that overtime becomes thick with sediment. What may not be so widely known is that impurities (ama) can gather not just in the body but also in the mind.  

Mental ama is produced by the following situations

  • Negative emotions such as fear, anger, self criticism and greed

  • Eating while having negative emotions

  • Psychological stress from family problems, tensions at work, loss of money or job, relationship separation or divorce or a death of a loved one.

  • Lethargy or mental inertia

  • Unwholesome surroundings

  • Contact with other people’s negativity

  • Violent or shocking books, movies, TV etc

You may have noticed that when you are gripped in a strong negative emotion it can be difficult to make an evolutionary choice. When regularly eating wrong foods, chain smoking, drinking excessively working, being a couch potato, or engaging in other activity excessively even when you know it is not good for you… it can be hard to turn the boat around.

If this is you, or you can see that sometimes you land here, then be easy with yourself with compassion. A block exists somewhere in your pathway of desire. Some impurity is keeping you away from that place within that is still, strong, balanced and at ease. This quantum level of your own awareness is still there. What is needed is to gently remove these blockages and to allow the sunlight of the Self to shine through again. Then you will feel at home once again and be surprised how easy it can be.


Returning Home Action Plan

  1. When the connection with one’s self is weakened or lost then highest first is the best approach. Ayurveda explains medicine that works from the level of consciousness to the body and mind is the very best medicine.

    • Practise meditation daily, or learn to meditate. There are a number of techniques that fall under the label of meditation. The one I recommend and practise regularly is Transcendental Meditation.
      Within just a few minutes of doing TM one feels a deep level of physical relaxation and a deep ease in the mind. It’s really worth the investment and is a great tool to have in one’s tool kit for life.

    • Listen to the impulses of your body’s intelligence and eat when hungry, sleep when tired, move about or be physically active daily.  Allow yourself the time to play, recreate and have fun with friends and family.
  2. Use the intelligence in nature to help restore the intelligent connections in your mind and body for greater ease. Here are the key herbals I recommend for emotional ease for each of the 3 main body types.
    • Vata types when overloaded tend to become worried, fearful, unsettled, scattered, lack focus and feel ungrounded. Decisions are hard to make and procrastination can have a life of its own.  If you notice some of these symptoms regularly or often then take:
      • Worry Free tablets 1-2 30 minutes after breakfast and evening meals
        And drink sips of Worry Free Tea or Vata Tea regularly through the day.
      • Consider giving yourself an oil massage first thing in the morning with the calming Vata Massage Oil.
      • Be sure to be in bed by 9.45pm light out and take 2 tablets of Stress Relief along with 2 tablets of Blissful Sleep if you typically have difficulty getting to sleep.
      • Where  you can favour warm food and drinks. Be sure to start the day with a warm cereal breakfast, stop between 12-1pm for a warm tasty lunch and have a warm dinner by 6-7pm. Vata foods are best for you
    • Pitta types when overloaded become hot in temper as frustration and anger builds and can explode. At these times nothing is good enough with themselves, others or life itself. In extreme the anger can turn to rage. If Vata and Pitta imbalance become intense it can even lead to obsessive compulsive behaviours. If the normal compassionate and contented nature of balanced Pitta is nowhere to be seen, then take
      • Stress Free Emotions 2 tablets after meals to help ease the ups and downs and soothe the tendency for anger and frustration.
      • To calm the intensity and help you smile take 1 dessertspoon of Pitta Rasayana, a tasty and very effective tonic for Pitta nature, before meals or meditation morning and afternoon. Drink sips of Pitta Tea or Tranquilitea every 30 minutes through the day.
      • If you notice signs of reflux or acidity then take Aci Balance 1-2 tablets after lunch and dinner meals.
      • Sleep is really important for your sanity. Be in bed by 9.45 pm to ensure a relaxed sleep through the night. If you have a tendency to wake in the night take 2 tablets of Deep Rest at bedtime with a cup of Slumber Time Tea
    • Kapha types rarely become overloaded. They are mentally stable and strong. Stress (what’s that?) doesn’t generally touch a Kapha person unless family stress or work stress has been continuous for quite a while. What is important for a Kapha person’s mental wellbeing is being active. Being a couch potato or snacking regularly in front of the TV will cause you to feel dull, heavy, lethargic and lacking in enthusiasm and joy of life. You may even begin to feel low in mood. Then take
      • Blissful Joy 2 tablets after breakfast and evening meals to uplift your emotions naturally. It helps to balance the heart and emotions and supports resistance to emotional strain.
        Sip Be Trim Tea or Kapha Tea regularly through the day.
      • Take every opportunity to move and move more. Where you can, a walk first thing in the morning to greet the rising sun will help to energise you for the day and helps to lift a low mood too.
      • Share tasty meals made from Kapha balancing foods
      • Take time to be with those you love and to laugh and enjoy their company. Family and close friends are important medicine for you.


Wishing you the bliss and happiness of a balanced mind and body.

Linda Sinden has been a practising Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant since 1990 and is a regular contributor to our weekly Insights. She has a practice in Auckland, New Zealand and also provides phone or Skype sessions for those who need assistance, but don’t have a consultant in their vicinity.

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