The Ayurvedic Path

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What it is and Why I'm on it

 

I first felt drawn to Ayurveda about 8 years ago. I'm still not sure how I came across it - maybe i'd heard about it in a yoga class, maybe an experience from a trip to India many years ago. However it happened, i'm glad it did - because it has transformed the way I interact with myself and the world in the most astounding of ways. 

 

Translating to mean "science/wisdom of life" Ayurveda is an ancient science of harmonious well-being between both our inner and outer worlds. It involves practices and philosophies that enhance our state of well-being and that of our planet, and views our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health as non-seperate. 

 

What attracted me to Ayurveda in the beginning, was that it offered a multitude of ways I could enhance my health through the use (or discontinued use) of certain herbs, roots, spices and foods. At a time in my life where performing at my best mentally and physically was my only priority, I was looking for a way to optimise my definition of health naturally, using a specific approach that suited my constitution (dosha). My daily ritual involved taking about 10 different herbal supplements that I believed were making me think clearer, work more efficiently, train harder and look better. And that's just what happened - for a while! But I was totally missing the point...

While I was busy working later, training for hours a day and fixing all the world's problems, I began to notice how unfulfilled I felt within myself and as a result, in many of my relationships. I had only just scratched the surface of Ayurveda, which I thought was something I could use to accentuate my super-woman archetype and I was paying for my western naivety with a deep feeling of discontent and restlessness. 

Such a superficial grazing of a deeply spiritual system brought forth some massive personal shifts that only now in retrospect can I begin to understand. As my admiration and curiosity for Ayurveda deepened, I realised that it is not a diet nor a handbook for how to become super human. Nor is it a fun or fair game to guess people's dosas (body-types) and start psycho-analysing them based on uneducated assumptions!

Now, Ayurveda represents a path of healing, humility and knowing yourself before you can offer a single thing to anyone else. I am learning to see and treat myself as a whole, integrated being, instead of a body... and a mind... and a soul. As I continue to learn and grow through this profound practice, I am starting to realise a deeper motive for continuing on this path. Having always had a sense of knowing I am both:

a) part of something much bigger than myself and

b) myself, much bigger than my parts

Ayurveda has given me a framework to understand and feel safe with this sensation, as well as a compass for finding out who I am and a map to navigate the world around and within me. 

 

I will be detailing many of the practices and learnings I have found personally rewarding as I delve deeper into the study of Ayurveda, but here are a few ways my life has changed since choosing this path. By learning how my personal constitution both differs from and relates to the world around me, I have been able to implement new practices, shift old beliefs and change my perspective to improve my:

 

  • digestion
  • relationship with others
  • mood/emotional health
  • digestion
  • sense of self-worth
  • relationship with God/Divine/Higher Self
  • outlook on life
  • mental clarity
  • overall health

 

It is my plan and pleasure to be able to share this journey with the NHP community. Stay tuned for more Ayurvedic adventures and upcoming events! 

 

With love,

 

Holly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather KaneComment