Purpose. A reason to get out of bed in the morning. A reason to better myself and others around me. To create & incorporate a balanced wellness system to realize a healthier body-mind-spirit. A reason to live an actual fulfilled life.
Realizing my true purpose in life in 2019 was a MAJOR wake up call. And an intensely new feeling. For close to 37 years, I had trolled along this planet, dragging myself along with heavy chains tied around my ankles, moving carelessly from one moment to the next. Mostly overwhelmed with sadness, lethargy, shame, grief, victimization. I picked up some skills and fell into some "careers" along the way, but nothing that ever helped me to feel whole, or remotely satiated. And yes, most of these feelings revolved around my alcohol dependency. The first step to any sense of a meaningful life began the day I stopped drinking in 2017. And the second step to realizing my true life's potential and purpose came a year after that in the form of Ayurveda. I fell in love with it at the beginning of 2019. And just how most love stories being, I wasn't even searching for it and BAM! it appeared.
What is Ayurveda? Its history dates back over 5,000 + years to India. It is said to be one of the oldest health systems in the world. Although it comes from great ancient wisdom & tradition, so much of this common-sense wisdom is completely applicable to the world we live in today. Maybe even more so. Western medicine is consistent with 2 elements - a) treating those who are already ill, and b) more focused attention on the physical body. Ayurveda is more concerned with treating the whole system - body/mind/spirit - and providing daily practices that aid individuals at creating a healthy system which ultimately will prevent illness, seeking to halt imbalances in the body which creates many of the diseases our society is faced with today.
To me, Ayurveda is a complete wellness system targeting mind-body-spirit. It allows for the individual to take control of their health - What they put into their body. What type of movement they take. What routines they incorporate into their daily life. What breathing and meditation techniques are integrated. What forms of self-care are being really focused on. When I stopped drinking and started taking inventory of how I was living my life, I began by taking small steps. Changing my diet - removing anything processed, frozen, included excess sugar, cutting out caffeine. Getting my stagnant body moving again - yoga, strength training. Seated in meditation - Calling back in my Transcendental Meditation training. The black, sticky, dense fog that used to live over me started to fade away. All of this was preparation for my discovery into the magical world of Ayurveda.
Ultimately, only you have the power to change your patterns, behaviours, habits. And to heal. If you aren't up for that, cool. If you are, continue to join me through my personal evolution and reflect on some of my personal experience with Ayurveda and the immense impact it continues to have on me.
31 DAYS OF AYURVEDA - JANUARY 2020
I knew I wanted to help women struggling with alcohol dependency once I gave up my own in 2017, I just didn't know the vehicle that would become the tie that binds with which this would all take shape. Enter the beautiful healing practice of Ayurveda. Since embracing fully the context of this mind/body/spirit healing modality, my physical, mental & emotional health has positively increased exponentially. If all goes well, I will be heading to California this October to enrol myself in Ayurvedic studies, but until then, it's on me to continue to learn all that I can to continue to better myself and the community around me.
With that, I decided to post one thing about the magical world of Ayurveda for the 31 days of Jan on my Instagram and Blog Pages. Given I am still VERY new to this practice, the content will be elemental and basic, however it's the sharing of something that is so pure and meaningful to me that is the true purpose. So if you have the time and are interested in learning a bit more about Ayurveda, head to my insta page - @vivifycalgary, or check out my Blog. Happy healing.
Thankfully, Ayurveda is getting more and more attention in the Western world today. Much of that has to do with a younger generation showing interest and adding a more westernized flavour to this beautifully ancient health modality. I am happy to see that many of the Ayurvedic practices however are kept in tact, it's more the diet and recipes which are given a little more of a modern twist. This is due in part to what's available in terms of fresh, organic, seasonal foods in North America as opposed to India, where most all of the Ayurvedic recipes emerged from.
Many of the books I will share on this page are considered 'recipe books', but they also will include brief introductions to the Dosha, the seasons (with which many Ayurvedic meals are based from), specific spices, and daily practices from the Ayurvedic world. There will also be more in-depth books which begin to dive deeper into the ancient wisdom of the Ayurvedic practices. You've come this far! Why not go a little deeper and immerse yourself in this magical practice by picking up one of my favourite books below.
eat feel fresh - By: Sahara Rose
This is a great book for beginners looking to get basic knowledge on Ayurveda from a very pleasant aesthetic viewpoint. Great modern recipes as well with a take on many ancient Ayurvedic recipes.
the self-healing REVOLUTION -
By: Noelle Renée Kovary
I appreciated the authors no nonsense approach to Ayurveda in this book. It too is an Ayurvedic recipe book with a modern twist, and also includes some amazing daily practices to incorporate into your schedule.
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy -
By: Mukunda Stiles
Considering Ayurveda & Yoga are considered sister sciences, I was so interested to get my hands on a book which would help me start to connect the two. Stiles takes much consideration on choosing which Yoga Style compliments each specific Dosha and how they can be utilized to bring back harmony to the student. Just a beautifully thoughtful book.
The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda - By: Michelle Fondin
This specific Ayurvedic book is really detailed in that it speaks to you taking control of your entire being. She teaches how to use the 8 "spokes' of the Ayurvedic wheel of healing through your Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Healing Your Past, Relationship, Occupational, Environmental & Financial Health.
The Ayurveda Way -
By: Ananta Ripa Ajmera
"108 Practices from the World's Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More." Doesn't that sound like something you'd be into? Yeah, me too.
everyday ayurveda cooking
By: Kate O'Donnell
I love love the modern twists and details given by the author in this book.The recipes and tips that I have tried so far have become fast favourites of mine.