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Resiliency and Ayurveda

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Resiliency and Ayurveda By Nancy Carlson What is resilience, how do you get it? How can we cultivate and maintain resiliency in our daily life? How can we adjust, within such constant changes in life? Can we re-create oneself, body-mind-spirit, allowing passion and joy into one’s life and work? Do...
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Resiliency and Ayurveda

By Nancy Carlson

What is resilience, how do you get it? How can we cultivate and maintain resiliency in our daily life?

How can we adjust, within such constant changes in life? Can we re-create oneself, body-mind-spirit, allowing passion and joy into one’s life and work? Do we want to just survive, or to live well?

“Resiliency is generally considered to be a positive trait involving the capacity to cope with stress and adversity.” -McCraty & Childres, 2010

When we believe in ones-self, we have the capacity to “bounce back” in changing times. This comes with practice, bringing a deeper understanding of insight around lifestyle behaviors, awareness and choice.

To develop the capacity to be resilient is to take time for self-reflection, identify what’s important and live in a way that reflects that. Build your resilience slowly but surely.

By developing ones-self to be sensitive, non-judgmental and respectful of self and others, we can truly be present. Practicing self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, balance and mindful-awareness are the qualities of resiliency. It is a positive attitude in the face of suffering.

By observing, with intelligence, our own action becomes self-awareness. Daily insight, self-inquiry, being fully present with self and others, builds resiliency.

Reactivity vs Resilience

Do you react instead of observing your thoughts and feelings? Do you react in the fear of change? Can you pause, thoughtfully, before you speak? Can you bring yourself to center, before you react?

By using the tools of contemplative practices, we learn to receive compassion, to stay connected with others and develop self-inquiry thru an Ayurvedic lens…bringing awareness and choice to our decisions. We find meaning in change, and in connection by creating a new understanding of life in sync with nature’s rhythm.

What is important, your priorities, why are you here, what are the gifts you can share, what are your connections and how do you seek guidance?

Do you feel gratitude, optimism, joy, love, meaning and an inner hold on life?

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to feel meaning in the suffering, the ability to see something good in adversity is the central trait needed by all of us.”    ~Victor Frankl

Ayurveda, as a holistic healthcare system, follows the rhythm of nature, change of seasons, time, ageing and emphasizes mind-body-spirit wellness.

By cultivating a deeper understanding thru the view of Ayurveda, we can be in relationship with the world around us and adjust within the ever-changing times in life. Change is inevitable, constant, birth and death, illness, loss and suffering. We learn to respond in a healthier way of how to live in our lives, everyday.

Ayurveda teaches how to maintain balance by connecting with nature and it’s rhythms. Ayurveda promotes self-care, self-love, wellness, and true self-knowledge. Ayurveda re-balances our imbalances, builds resilience and brings us back to center.

In the practice of dinacharya, new daily routines are integrated slowly, creating positive change in our choices and intention. By observing the qualities of our food, environment, thoughts, emotions and senses, we build strength, awareness and resilience.

By being aware of our senses…sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch…we learn what is best for our constitution. Through our senses, we digest all that we take within, deciding what serves our wellbeing and what does not.

With knowledge of the 5 elements…space, air, fire, water and earth…that are found in all matter, including our-selves, our own unique constitution is understood. We notice that what is within, is also without…the connection of our microcosm and the external macrocosm.

This understanding brings the importance of our relationships…of self, others, the earth, plants, animals, countries, the world…it goes on and on. How we care for ourselves, determines the nature of all our relationships…healthy or not healthy.

Practices….

A daily routine is essential for maintaining balance by being inline with the cycles of day and night, seasons, age, environment and food. When disconnected to these natural rhythms, we can experience imbalance, illness, disease, isolation and suffering. The littlest of things are so important for prevention and maintenance of our health and wellbeing.

Ayurveda practices:

Seasonal lifestyle and diet

Walking in nature

Regular meals and betimes

Mindful eating, thoughts and acting

Exercise

Observing the qualities of the mind

Healthy digestion

Meditation – the witness, clarity, passive awareness, decreased reactions, healthier responses

Yoga – opening channels, decreased tension, flow

Pranayama – the vital breath, life force, vitality

Herbs, spices and fresh organic foods

Change can be seen as harmful, fearful, or change can be seen as adaptive, new beginnings, meaning, intelligence, health and wellbeing.

Ayurveda grounds, nourishes and rejuvenates to create balance in change. It is a holistic individualized healthcare system. It teaches to listen to ones true self and self-knowledge. Gradually, by growing one’s awareness, the light of one’s inner knowing and intelligence is seen. Listen….

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Nancy Carlson, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach, brings a multi- dimensional approach to her work by combining her experience as an RN in conventional western medicine with holistic healing modalities.

Thoughts on Prayer

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I have been sitting with this poem for many months, waiting for the time for it to be said. Contemplating what prayer is for me and all the forms it may take. Each day is a new prayer…It arrives on a beautiful snowy morning, as I offer my prayers to...
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I have been sitting with this poem for many months, waiting for the time for it to be said. Contemplating what prayer is for me and all the forms it may take. Each day is a new prayer…It arrives on a beautiful snowy morning, as I offer my prayers to the Divine in my morning ritual.

And inspired by Mother Theresa’s quote…“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting yourself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our own hearts.”

“The act of prayer

not for something I want,

desire, or desperately need

but to pray in awe

of a vastness,

incomprehensible

a true mystery

where I am held, tenderly

part of an expansive

eternal wholeness.

So big, beyond the edges

and borders

there is freedom within

a Love beyond reason.

Even in this tiniest of moments,

it is made known,

it is there, as it always was

Source, the Divine, Reality, Truth….

always present, never alone, never waiting.

So I pray

from this experience

with humility and gratitude

for being a part of this

Great Love,

in relationship with the Divine

and all others

from this knowing comes

a way of living in this world.

We are love, we are loved,

we act from love,

our perception, choices,

words and thoughts

begin to change and unfold

from a place much bigger

than who we think we are.

As Love moves through us

we pray in gratitude,

we pray to remember,

we pray for love

and for that eternal connection

and all that we do and are

becomes Devotion.”

~by Nancy Carlson

**Posted on womenspiritualpoetry.blogspot.com  -March 2014

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Nancy Carlson, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach, brings a multi- dimensional approach to her work by combining her experience as an RN in conventional western medicine with holistic healing modalities.

“Shaman Girl – dancing between worlds” by Meghan Gilroy

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A few of my favorite quotes from Shaman Girl: (free download here) “I want to kill. How is inducing me to want to kill someone part of the process of becoming more enlightened?” “All of time unfolds. The beautiful. The brutal. The pleasure. The pain.” “Crap. We are locked in Machu...
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A few of my favorite quotes from Shaman Girl:
(free download here)

“I want to kill. How is inducing me to want to kill someone part of the process of becoming more enlightened?”

“All of time unfolds. The beautiful. The brutal. The pleasure. The pain.”

“Crap. We are locked in Machu Picchu, with our llama friends.”

“So with a gleam in my eye, we stood back to back, like cowboys about to draw guns, on cue, we turned around. “Be nice….” Shaman Guy tried to cajole me.”

Shaman Girl – dancing between worlds by Meghan Gilroy is a fun, entertaining, raw, witty and honest memoir detailing Meghan’s heart-driven journey from overachieving Pittsburgh-raised good girl to shamanic healer trained in the lineage of don Miguel Ruiz.

Meghan’s fine storytelling kept me laughing and crying with her as we traveled from white bread middle-class upbringing through personal heartbreak and life purpose crisis, introduction to the Toltec community and finally study with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements. Then on to meeting her Shaman Guy, marrying him on top the pyramids in Teotihuacan 2 weeks after their first date, and trekking back across the USA to Marblehead, MA, where we would become friends and colleagues. Though I knew the skeleton outline of the story already, having it fleshed it out was eye-opening.

Throughout the book, I was inspired and encouraged by the way Meghan shows us how to merge the muck with the magical, the mud with the mystical. It’s messy sometimes, and mind-blowing others.

Shaman Girl is a good read, regardless of whether you are looking for your own life purpose, curious about what it’s like to be an intimate part of a spiritual community, or you just want to find out how Meghan and Company get released from the locked gates of Macchu Picchu.

Gracias a Dios.

P.S. – Meghan will be leading a retreat on “The Secrets of Sacred Ceremony” in Teotihuacan from Sept. 27 – Oct. 3 2017. I will be joining her as part of the support team. 

If you are interested in coming to play with us, please email Meghan@meghangilroy.com to be put on the First to Know details list. 

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Janeen Barnett is a Massage & Energy Therapist and the Founder of Au Soleil Healing Inc. As an interpreter and translator between your body and your conscious mind, she helps you reconcile and release experiences for deep healing.

In Hope for Spring…

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Ayurvedic tips to help maintain health and wellness balance in the changing of the seasons…. Spring is the season of transition, birth, new beginnings, renewal and growth. In Ayurveda we learn to observe and understand nature, so that we can understand ourselves. When we allow ourselves to be “in tune”...
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Ayurvedic tips to help maintain health and wellness balance in the changing of the seasons….

Spring is the season of transition, birth, new beginnings, renewal and growth. In Ayurveda we learn to observe and understand nature, so that we can understand ourselves. When we allow ourselves to be “in tune” with nature, we learn to be in the flow with each changing season.

Winter is a season of building; spring is a season of releasing. We eat more heavily in the winter for insulation and our digestion is stronger. By the time spring arrives, most likely we have accumulated some of the heavier foods of winter and the channels of our body can become clogged. One may notice that our appetite has decreased, we feel a heaviness in our bodies, we are susceptible to colds, coughs, allergies, congestion, increased mucus, fatigue, weight gain, foggy brain and lethargy. Some of us will crave salads, greens and lighter foods. Spring is the time to support the elimination of any accumulated excess and allow our channels to re-open and flow.

As the temperature starts to become warmer, the snow and ice melt, rivers flow and get muddy, sap flows from trees and we see little sprouts and buds starting to grow! It feels that there is a renewal or cleansing happening, there is more light and warmth and new growth begins.

Spring is the hope of a fresh, clean start. Whatever we are carrying around from winter is released, cleansed, de-cluttered and makes space for energy to flow, channels to open and room for new life to arise. Spring-cleaning happens outside in nature and inside all of us. It is time to sweep, open all the doors and windows and let the light in!

In Ayurveda, it is said, that “like increases like” and opposites are used to create balance. The qualities of spring are: heavy, cold and oily. To create balance, use lightness, warmth, dryness and sharpness in our lives. In winter we eat more sweet, sour and salty foods. In spring we eat more pungent, bitter and astringent to create balance. Mother nature provides those foods in dark greens, asparagus, rhubarb, pomegranates and many others.

Some spring Ayurveda tips…

  • Eat less when the appetite is less. Make breakfast and dinner smaller meals and lunch the largest meal of the day.
  • To strengthen the digestive fire, eat light, warming food and add more pungent, bitter and astringent foods. Use spices to cook with, such as, ginger, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander and fennel.
  • Avoid cold, heavy, oily foods, iced drinks, processed foods, frozen, canned, non-organic, GMO foods, deep fried, leftovers and heavy sweets. Use dairy, foods that are sour, sweet and salty, raw foods and breads in moderation, or not at all. These are all hard to digest.
  • Keep it simple…steamed vegetables, spicy brothy soups, lighter grains, sweet juicy fruits cooked with spices and use less oil.
  • Exercise early in the morning, sometime between 6-10am or in the evening 6-10pm.
  • Avoid snacking and have an early dinner, then take a walk outside.
  • Drink herbal teas such as ginger, dandelion or CCF (cumin/coriander/fennel) to strengthen digestion and promote cleansing.
  • Scrape your tongue to remove bacteria and use a neti pot to clean nasal passages.
  • Dry brush your skin in the morning to assist in lymphatic drainage. Use warm sesame oil for self-massage for the whole body, leave on for 15-20 minutes and then shower.
  • Breath deeply and take time to turn your attention inward with meditation, journaling, reflection, gratitude and discover new intentions, creativity and joy!

Mother Earth is waking up and so are we. Spring is a season of celebration, movement, inspiration, love, sunshine, bird song and the bloom of color returning. Align oneself with the flow and beauty of spring. Keep the chest open and the heart-space expanded…wishing you all a happy springtime!!

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Nancy Carlson, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach, brings a multi- dimensional approach to her work by combining her experience as an RN in conventional western medicine with holistic healing modalities.

Introduction to Ayurveda

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Please join me & Valerie Lauro for an afternoon of exploring the “Science of Life” ~ Ayurvedic theory of foundational principles as related to the elements of nature. ~ How nature’s elements align in us to create 3 mind-body dosha (personalities) – vata, pitta and kapha. ~ Understanding one’s own dosha’s...
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Please join me & Valerie Lauro for an afternoon of exploring the “Science of Life”

~ Ayurvedic theory of foundational principles as related to the elements of nature.

~ How nature’s elements align in us to create 3 mind-body dosha (personalities) – vata, pitta and kapha.

~ Understanding one’s own dosha’s (constitution) with information to begin the journey of maintaining balance and harmony, increasing personal awareness of self-
care, health and wellbeing.

~ Teaching you a way of Life to maintain and protect your health through the foods you eat, yoga & bodywork treatments.

~ Design a lifestyle to compliment you!

Introduction to Ayurveda

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Date:
March 25
Time:
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost:
$75

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Nancy Carlson, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach, brings a multi- dimensional approach to her work by combining her experience as an RN in conventional western medicine with holistic healing modalities.