Our hibernating time is coming to a close and some of us are ready to burst forth with stored energy and fresh ideas from the winter. March is the perfect month for clearing out both internal and external clutter. Call it pre-spring cleaning. Gloomy March gives us a few weeks to tackle some things that have been crying for attention in our inner and outer worlds. Mind/body/spirit AND your clothes closet and relationships!
Here in the Northeastern US where I live, the transition from Vata Season to Kapha Season has begun. You can feel the sudden change from dry (Vata) to damp (Kapha) the minute you step outside. Wet snow and sleet are coming down outside my window as I write. The season usually begins mid-February and runs until May, when the weather becomes warm and dry.
In either case, Ayurveda believes that the transition between seasons is perilous in terms of our health, and we need to be particularly vigilant as our body adjusts to the changing climate. I say a hearty good riddance to Vata Season! It’s been a very challenging time for me this year.
Inevitably in our lives we find ourselves dealing with trauma. It might be ours or a friend or loved one’s. I have learned that no one is immune, and no one’s trauma is any more or less important than someone else’s. This is a very crucial lesson we need to learn. Because the danger lies not so much in the act itself, but in our reaction to it and how we process it.
Trauma runs the gamut, of course, from the unthinkable–such as being the victim of a violent crime or witnessing the horrors of war–to hurtful or unwelcome words spoken to us. In our modern world, the trauma is often delivered via text or email. And there’s the trauma that comes along with grief following a death, a divorce, or the loss of a home or a job. They are all valid and equally in need of our attention.
Many healthy tips we hear nowadays have their roots in Ayurveda, dating back thousands of years. So while you might think that scraping the tongue, detoxifying the body or practicing mind/body medicine are newfangled ideas, they are not. They have withstood the test of time. Handed down for ages by word of mouth, the wisdom of Ayurveda was eventually written down in the ancient Hindu texts known as the Vedas. Even Chinese Medicine originated from Ayurveda.
I have compiled ten of Ayurveda’s best principles/practices. Some are simple, some a little more complex. Pick one. Or two. Or as many as you want. The point is, focusing on even one of these valuable gems might be a game changer and put you on a path to a better quality of life.
The “H” word still provokes feelings of intense anxiety for me. I was in a store at the end of October and when I saw the word holidays, I felt my body tense up. I know people who love the holiday bustle, cooking for big family gatherings and joining the crowds shopping for bargains. For years (especially while raising my children) I tried to be one of them. But I failed miserably and inevitably was left feeling depleted and resentful.
I love twinkle lights, the smell of pine and cinnamon and cloves. I love holiday music (as long as it’s post-Thanksgiving). I love slipping into a church and sitting in silence. I love seeing all the beautiful paper and ribbon. I love the decorated windows uptown and seeing the Rockefeller Christmas tree all lit up. But I don’t love the commercialism, the frenetic and wasteful buying just for buying-sake. This is a very reverent time of year for connecting on a spiritual level (it’s no coincidence that there are so many religious holidays in December), and the benefits are profound if we can somehow get quiet, slow down and go within. I think I always knew this instinctively and longed for the peace of the season but never tapped into it. Now that I have that mindset I am consciously choosing that path.
Vata, which is the dosha of change and movement (think air/space), can easily become erratic and unbalanced, especially during fall and early winter–Vata Season. When a Vata imbalance arises, it’s time to S L O W D O W N. Sooo hard for Vata people. We are the busy bees and the hummingbirds, who like to flutter from one thing to the next. We tend to have high energy that quickly crashes and can easily become depleted.
For someone who states on her website that she suffered from fibromyalgia for seven years, it’s odd that I’ve never really written a post about it. It was such a defining moment in my life, and yet, thankfully, I never let it define me. So I’ve been hesitant to write about it. It happened, it changed the course of my life, and I moved on.
But if I never had fibromyalgia, I might not be writing this blog about holistic health and healing. I might not be part of an amazing community of energy healers from all over the world. And I might not have discovered the ancient “science of life” known as Ayurveda.
Even though the official date of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is September 22nd, it’s time to prepare for the seasonal shift. Ayurveda would say that it’s critical to our health.
The junctures between the seasons are the perfect time to cleanse the body of any excesses which might have built up, both in the body and the mind. Failure to do this is an invitation for disease to set in, if the body/mind is in a weakened state.
During the summer months of Pitta Season, excess heat is likely to have accumulated and it is imperative that we find ways to release that heat before Vata Season (fall-early winter) is underway.
Have you ever wondered why the heart is the first organ to function during the fetal development process? One of the reasons why the heart is the first organ to function is, because it is an electromagnetic field generator that acts like a broadcasting device. As the heart beats, it sends out electromagnetic waves that contain essential information. These waves of information are received by all cells of the fetus; therefore, they affect how the fetus is developed.
Today is the Summer Solstice for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in New York City where I live, the weather bounced back and forth like a ping-pong ball for several weeks. I love ping-pong, but my body had a really hard time adjusting to all of the weather fluctuations. In the month of June so far, we went from hot and humid 90’s, to windy and rainy 50’s, and back to warm and sunny.
Ayurveda’s seasonal calendar revolves around the three doshas–Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The doshas are forces or energies comprised of the five elements–space (ether), air, fire, water and earth that make up our human physiology. The same elements that are in Nature are within us, as well. According to the Ayurvedic calendar, we have entered Pitta season (late spring through summer). The elements associated with Pitta are fire and water. It is the energy of transformation, the metabolic force in our body that rules digestion. Pitta also rules our intelligence, our eyes, body temperature and skin coloration. It is seated in the stomach and small intestines.
Kate Middleton is planning to use hypnotherapy to ease the agony of labour when she gives birth in July.
Ayurveda is such an ancient practice that the date of its origin is unknown. It was an oral tradition first and eventually recorded in the Hindu scriptures, the Vedas, around 7,000 years ago. Although Ayurveda originated in what is now India, the ancient Rishis, or enlightened sages, who brought forth this earliest-documented medical system, did so for all of mankind. The knowledge (or science) of life which is Ayurveda, is all about balance–knowing our individual constitution and staying in rhythm with nature.
I love Ayurveda because it is a gentle, holistic approach to not only healing but living a full, healthy and balanced life. It always seeks to find the root cause of an imbalance–be it emotional, physical or mental–rather than bandaid it with unnecessary and invasive measures.
Food, breath, and sound are the basic elements of Inner Medicine and the core of Wise Earth Ayurveda teachings. They are simple yet profound tools to balance and help heal the body, mind and spirit.
Through the field of Epigenetics, it has been proved that our DNA does not bring through hereditary traits such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or alzimers. Our DNA adapts and changes to our internal environment, it does not react to our external environment.