As part of the Meditation According to Your Dosha series, we’re going to talk about Pitta types today. Pitta people need to meditate in order to release anger and aggression and to release their desire to control life. Pittas usually have good concentration and can meditate more easily than other types. Meditation and mantra practice can be a good way for Pittas to focus their strong mental energy in a positive manner.
Pittas should be careful to meditate peacefully and not look at it as something to achieve or conquer. Meditation can become too focused and controlled for Pittas, they need to learn to expand their minds and hearts in meditation, using their inner light to reveal truth. When done right, meditation should leave Pitta types feeling cool, calm and collected.
As a Pitta, once you have done your meditation and feel relaxed, consider doing pranayama. (Pranayama that is cooling, emphasizing lunar breathing or breathing through the left nostril. Shitali is also a good one for Pitta types).
In so far as visualization, Pitta types should focus on non-fiery images like a mountain forest, an ocean or a lake, the deep blue sky, the moon or the stars, flowers with cooling colors.
When it comes to affirmations, Pitta types should focus on affirmations that increase forgiveness, compassion and love and releasing anger. Prayers for peace and happiness are also good. One that I’m especially fond of is Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.
When feeling anger, Pitta types can benefit from mantras like SHAM, SHRIM or OM. Repeat these mantras silently, (in a slow and relaxed manner), as these mantras are beneficial for Pitta types when emotions get elevated.
Stay tuned for the next installment in this series, especially of interest to Kapha dosha types.