I’ve always been interested in natural health and healing techniques. When my children were born, I would investigate all of the options available to us to treat any health issues that would crop up. I came up with so many different remedies that my friends would call me up to ask for advice for their own families. Finally I decided to compile all of this great information into a book. During the research phase for the book “The Healthy Family Handbook,” I came across Ayurveda – and I fell in love.
Everything about Ayurveda appeals to me: its simplicity, its practicality, its beauty and timelessness. I have immersed myself in the Ayurvedic lifestyle, with truly remarkable results. I learned early on that ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a condition that I discovered that I have after my first son was diagnosed, is often an imbalance of Vata dosha. Once I learned how to balance my Vata, the symptoms of ADHD subsided. I have been able to focus enough to author that first book, and another seven more.
Ayurveda teaches us that when we are in balance, we are our healthiest and happiest. And Ayurveda also gives us all the tools we need to both get into balance and to maintain that state of perfect balance so that we can be our best.
Ayurveda is The Science of Life. We could spend a lifestyle studying it and understanding it – the wisdom is so rich and full! The most important thing that Ayurveda teaches us is about ourselves. It helps us to explore our own true nature, and to accept ourselves, and love ourselves, exactly as we are.
And when we understand our own nature, we can then more easily learn to love and accept others for who they are. Ayurveda helps us to improve our health, and also the health of our relationships.
Although Ayurveda has been around for more than 5,000 years, we are just now beginning to use it as a tool to help bring balance to our western lifestyles. Ayurveda is a sister-science with Yoga and Meditation. As these practices become more popular, and we begin to see the benefits of incorporating yoga and meditation into their lives, we naturally seek to deepen our practice, and that’s when many people discover Ayurveda.
In India, all of these sciences are practiced together, as the energy created by them is synergistic, meaning that one practice helps to strengthen the benefits of the others. To practice one without the other would be like wearing a left shoe without a right one. You get some benefit, but you understand what you’ve really been missing when you put that other shoe on!
Ayurveda is such a natural, integral part of my life that I can’t imagine living without it. It’s all about living in harmony with nature. When we do that, everything flows easily, and fruitfully.