Many of you who have talked to me recently know that I’ve been learning more about Ayurveda (literally, the knowledge of life) and using the tools of this ancient practice to work towards optimal health and happiness. If you haven’t heard of Ayurveda, you can read about it on the Svastha Health website. And if you think you might be interested in the wisdom and guidance that Ayurveda has to offer, I highly recommend using this website to set up a consultation with Dr. Siva Mohan. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and also super easy to talk to.
Long story short, my journey with Ayurveda over the last couple months has turned out to be much more than I bargained for, but in a wonderful way. I, like most people, initially came to Ayurveda with the idea that I could change my diet, change my daily habits, and maybe drink a few herbal teas and suddenly I would be exactly where I wanted to be in my life. What I didn’t yet understand was how Ayurveda addresses a person’s entire being, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. (Sounds a lot like yoga, right?)
So this process has forced me to practice svadhyaya (self-study) in a major way and start weeding through some of the samskaras (impressions embedded in the mind) that I’ve carried around for years or even my whole life. If I had to explain the work I’ve been doing in a nutshell, I would say I’m learning to:
- visualize my life as I truly want it to be
- genuinely believe that I am worthy of that vision, and
- create the right conditions for abundance to flow through my life
Part of this involves cutting out the things that don’t seem to resonate with my highest self. We all have those things, whether it’s jobs, relationships, habits, etc. that, when we’re really honest with ourselves, just don’t feel right, that energetically drag us down, and may be holding us back from creating the life we want to live.
I encourage you to do some of your own self-study now, to take a look at the various aspects of your life and decide what is uplifting you and what is not serving you, what aligns you with your dharma (life’s purpose) and what needs to be eliminated from your life altogether.
Please write to me if you have questions about working with an Ayurvedic practitioner or if you simply want to share your insights on this topic.