In recent years, pop culture has tuned in to Ayurveda as a way to create dietary guidelines for ourselves based on our unique bodytype, or “Dosha.” This is wonderful press for Ayurveda, which can absolutely provide specific guidelines for healthy eating– but this ancient Vedic science goes far beyond which foods to select or avoid. Ayurveda is consciousness-based medicine. It is about coming back to your True Nature and back to Nature itself.
Viewing the body as a sacred temple, we understand that keeping the body properly nourished is of utmost importance to physical health- Ayurveda gives us tools not only to nourish our physical bodies, but to unlock deeper meaning in our lives through coming to know ourselves and the world around us. Understanding that meditation is clinically proven to be the best tool for coping with stress, we become aware that cultivating a daily meditation practice is essential to keeping the body free of disease and the mind full of ease. By acknowledging the value of keeping stress levels low and optimizing health for the body, we can simplify the goal of Ayurveda into two vital concepts: Improving Digestion and Meditating.
What is “consciousness-based medicine”? Consciousness means, simply: The State of Being Awake. Medicine means: The science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Given those definitions I say consciousness based medicine is diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease through the state of awareness. Cultivating this “awareness” or “state of being awake” through developing a meditation practice is absolutely essential in Ayurveda. Far more important than what to eat and what not to eat, Ayurveda teaches us how to heighten our consciousness to improve our physical and mental health and improve the health of the planet as well.
What does “Coming back to your True Nature” mean?
It means going deep within and discovering or re-discovering that essential being that is YOU. The person you used to be before becoming a parent, before paying bills, before sickness and death in the family, before you built up necessary walls around your heart to live and fully participate responsibly in this AMAZING, challenging, beautiful, difficult, Wondrous Life that you lead. Through a series of meditations, journaling, sound healing experiences and a walk in the labirynth, you’ll have an opportunity to fully explore that space of your True Nature and learn ways to nourish yourself while honoring and embracing the multi-faceted responsibilities you have accrued.
Join me the first weekend in Spring and we Will Create Bliss with Ayurveda.