Decision Making

A big area of our lives where we get stuck is in decision making. There are 4  phases in decision making according to Jess Dewell of Red Direction in Colorado.

  1. Recognize that you have a decision to make.
  2. Be ready to evaluate possibilities & be ready to make a decision.
  3. Make a decision, choose a path, follow through, and stick with it.
  4. Evaluate the consequences.

 

We can apply these same steps in embarking on a new health path. When we are faced with changing our habits and moving to a new healthy pattern, it is easy to get stuck in 1 of these phases. Ayurveda is all about taking the reins of your own health; it is about being aware of what is supportive and not supportive for us on our soul path and making decisions.

  • Phase 1:
    • Stuckness could look like: FEAR, feeling like a victim (things happen to me and I just react), feeling limited or boxed in, forgetting that we are creators, not listening to our inner voice.
    • Success – sense of freedom, ownership, operating as a creator, connection with true inner self
  • Phase 2:
    • Stuckness : FEAR, saying no to every possibility because it feels too hard, being critical, being perfectionistic is such a way that no possibility exists that satisfies all of your criteria, feeling like you are not strong enough to take this on, getting caught up in the dreaming without ever moving to the next step.
    • Success: Have fun with dreaming and thinking outside the box but put a limit on how long that phase will last, know that you can make the best decision possible given the information you have at hand, connection with your true inner self
  • Phase 3:
    • Stuckness: FEAR of what will happen, indecision, being petrified of not making the right decision, stagnation
    • Success: Confidence that you made the best decision possible, listening to the truth of your inner soul, a gut feeling, a curiosity of what will unfold now, being present with opportunities of growth
  • Phase 4:
    • Stuckness: the INNER CRITIC over not appearing to have picked the right path, taking the short view and not the long view on the consequences,
    • Success: Learning from consequences, take the long view on the repercussions, being present with opportunities of growth as a result of your decision, taking the lessons with you to apply to next nexus points, feeling pride over your new-found creator status

 

We use Ayurveda and Yoga techniques to become more closely aligned with the inner Self. We become very clear about what the next step is, and we bathe in the trust that the path ahead is lined with opportunities to bring us even closer to our true purpose in life.

Mind Herbs

The difference between Ayurvedic herbs and Western Medicine  is that the ayurvedic herbs make you feel alive and the western meds help you to feel functional. Ayurveda can work on its own in mind conditions or in conjunction with Western medicine or other therapies such as Tibetan Cranial, chiropractor care, or acupuncture.  There are some people who must be on Western medicine for mind conditions, but Ayurveda can still help. Ayurveda can help keep the liver strong and the blood clean since western meds can leave toxins which tax the liver and blood.  Ayurveda can also support good digestion which also becomes compromised with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications.  And Ayurveda has specific mind herbs to support sattvic or balanced mind functioning.  An ayurvedic practitioner will also make recommendations with diet, lifestyle and yoga practices to truly address the root cause of the mind imbalances. Herb tinctures are a great way to penetrate the nervous system deeply to have profound effects.   I now carry Vata Calming tinctures and Pitta soothing tinctures.  Move towards your healing, enlightening journey, by taking the first step of seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner.  Commit to the journey and you will feel profoundly different.

Immune Tincture

Tinctures are more readily absorbed by the body.  If  you are working with cold or flu symptoms, or compromised immunity then using this tincture will be very beneficial.  $20/bottle. I can mail out tinctures as well. This Immune tincture contains: ashwagandha, punarnava, guduchi, kapikacchu, tulsi, turmeric, lotus root, rose, licorice, pippali, and auslese wine.

New Tinctures coming soon: Enhance Digestion, Parasite Purge, Mind Grounding,  Lunar Mind.

 

What is true Healing?

Healing is ——
the lessening of fluctuations between rajas (over activity of the body/mind) and tamas (lethargy or inertia) and gradually arriving at SATTVA (balance, harmony).
One applies abhyasa (effort and discipline) and vairagya (detachment from outcome) in the process of lessening those fluctuations.
In that sweet spot of sattva is surrendering to your dharma, ultimate healing.
The process is gradual just like the quieting of Newton’s swinging cradle of balls.

If you would like to start or deepen your healing process, call me for a free 10 minute consultation to help you identify what ayurvedic or yogic therapies might be beneficial for you. If you decide that this is where you would like to start your journey, we can schedule a more in-depth appointment.

Strong Container to House the Flame of Awareness

We look out,
we look within (the heart),
and we witness;
as the witness we burn and heal the memories of parent’s imbalances &
we burn  our past life hurts & current life pains.
Create the 3rd dimension of witnessing to truly heal.
We need a strong container to house our strong flame of awareness,
we need a strong container + the flame of awareness to be with something (pain)  & be in witness mode,
we need a strong container to contain the newly transformed Energy
created from the transformation of pain to Love.

Eye Care in Summer

Eyes are considered a Pitta organ in Ayurveda.  For Dry Itchy Red Eyes: A Lovely Ayurvedic Remedy is to put 1 drop of castor oil in each eye before bed. Then in the morning, place a few drops of rose water in each eye. Your eyes will be bright, white and the castor oil extracts the impurities & irritations from the eyes.  Or make an appointment and come in for a Netra Tarpana Eye treatment.  A dough ring is placed around each eye, and then the eyes are bathed in ghee. The ghee and dough rings are removed and turmeric smoke is wafted near the eyes to cause natural tearing. Then rosewater eye drops are applied, and the client rests.  You will have sharper and clearer vision with soothed eyes.

Liver Health – Love Your Liver

Liver Health – Love your Liver !

All drug activities and environmental toxins involve the liver, plasma, blood, and pancreas. The 2 most common sites for drug side effects are the GI tract, and the Nervous system. The liver is one of the most important and metabolically active organs in both Western Medicine and in Ayurved.

The functions of the liver include:

  • detoxification,
  • bile formation and excretion,
  • glycogen storage,
  • synthesis and metabolism of fats and proteins,
  • decomposition of RBC’s,
  • synthesis of plasma protein,
  • and hormone production.

The hepatocytes or liver cells are responsible for:

  • heme synthesis (for hemoglobin),
  • mediating the immunity in blood-borne diseases,
  • protein synthesis, protein storage,
  • breakdown of carbohydrates,
  • synthesis of cholesterol, bile salts, phospholipids,
  • detoxification and excretion of toxins (ama),
  • and the formation and secretion of bile.

The liver is the final step in breaking down food into the elements needed by the body.  The monosaccharides from breakdown of carbohydrates, the amino acids from the digestion of proteins, and the fatty acids from the digestion of fats all move into the liver, and specifically into the hepatocytes. The hepatocytes contain a high number of mitochondria, the organelles that generate ATP. Mitochondria take in all of these elemental substances and use them in the Krebs’s cycle or TCA cycle to produce ATP or energy.

Through the lens of Ayurved, we see the liver as converting the dissolved food into the 5 elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space to be used by the whole body.

The liver houses the Bhuta agnis or the elemental agnis which are the manifestations of the digestive fire.  All 5 transform ingested food into biologically useful substances. In other words, the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are broken down by the enzymes of the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and small intestine into a dissolved food entity, or chyme. Then the liver converts the dissolved food into the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether to be used in the health of the organs and tissues. Rasa and Rakta come together and communicate in the liver. The liver, spleen and bone marrow are the seats of rakta srotamsi. When we improve the health of the liver in Ayurveda, we automatically improve the health of the rasa, and rakta, and improve immunity. We also improve digestion by working on the bhuta agnis, and consequently all nutrition is effectively extracted from the food we ingest. Emotional outlook is improved as the liver is the site of stored anger. Energy level is improved and overall health is improved when the liver is in good health.

 

Blood and lymph mix in the sinusoids and the Kupffer cells filter out the toxins or ama. The nutrient rich blood is then sent to the heart via the inferior vena cava.  When the liver is overloaded with toxins, the liver pushes the lipid soluble toxins into the fat layer. Our nervous system is comprised of fat, particularly the white matter, and therefore these toxins can end up in our nervous system.  Examples of toxins that may get stored in the fat layer include: heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, food additives, pollutants, plastics, and other environment chemicals. The specific mechanism that does this is the smooth endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The liver sinusoids contain an abundance of smooth ER which is responsible for lipid and protein synthesis. This organelle pushes the excess toxins into the lipid layer.  Once they are in the fat layer, they are difficult to remove and the only way to remove them is to do a purification therapy that allows the body to enter a fat metabolism mode. In fat metabolism, the body uses the fat layer as a caloric resource and breaks it down. This causes the toxins which have been pushed there to be released into the blood and converted to water-soluble toxins for the kidneys to excrete. But if we take good care of the liver and avoid these types of toxins as much as possible, we will avoid the toxin deposition in the fat layer.

 

In Ayurveda, one of the first things we treat in any disease is the liver. There must be good liver health in order to extract nutrients efficiently from food and to generate ATP for energy. Some herbs that improve liver health are: guduchi, kutki, kalmegh, bringaraj, and aloe.  The bitter taste of greens aids the process of cleansing the liver and blood, removing toxins and parasites, and it enhances the release of digestive secretions and digestive enzymes. Yoga asanas that stimulate the digestive fire are: peacock (mayurasana), maha mudra, twists such as ardha matsyendrasana or bharadvajasana, marichyasana C or jathara parivrttiasana, focusing at the navel center (agni bhavana), Uddiyana bandha, agni sara, and nauli.  Massaging bringaraj oil over the liver marma point (yakrut) in a clockwise direction is also beneficial. Pranayama exercises which will help the liver include: alternate nostril breathing, and holds after the inhale and exhale. The hold after inhale builds the digestive fire, and the hold after the exhale allows the ama at the lower 3 chakras to be held in the fire longer.  Some meditation practices that will enhance the fire in the liver and in the GI tract include chanting the mantra, OM SURYA NAMAHA, or OM RAVAYE NAMAHA, or OM RAM NAMAHA. By bringing in these practices, you bring health to the liver, and you show your liver LOVE.