The 50% Rule

Ayurveda, literally, is the science of life. It is not medicine, which by definition is focused on disease and its remediation. It does not value our deficits nearly as much as our strengths.  

That strength, that life force prana needs to be managed, less it become vata, undirected or scattered energy. The best kind of management is proactive and conservative.  

If we habitually drive a vehicle with the fuel tank on or near empty, the possibility of getting stuck along the way is ever present. However, if we make a habit of refilling the tank every time it approaches the halfway mark, that possibility decreases exponentially.  

That is the meaning of the injunction to avoid expending more than 50% of our capacity at any given time. There may be some exceptional moments and situations that require a greater effort, but the rule must be conservation and restoration.  

Besides regular sleep, we must withdraw a little from time to time, at least for a few hours, on a regular basis. At times, we must withdraw for a few days, and still others for extended retreat periods. Otherwise, we cannot replenish pranaadequately, and inevitably suffer sequelae of impaired function and structural decay.  

Each individual must come to know what that halfway mark is, and not transgress it often. But until we come to experience exhaustion with mindfulness, we cannot begin to prevent it.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to The 50% Rule

  1. Blue Garuda says:

    Love and Compassion are inexhaustible and unique in that as we give we also receive.
    To do so, we need our bodies and brains to be at their very best, and they are fragile and precious servants to our minds. 🙂

  2. Yue-han Su says:

    Isn’t it good to empty the tank once in a while?

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