Happy Earth Day to our dear Mother and all her Beautiful Children (…that’s us!) ~
We are all born as creatures of Nature, and Ayurveda helps us understand that – no matter our location – we live ALL our days as creatures of Nature, too. We were designed to be nourished by Nature. All we have to do is say “yes!” to the truly natural relationship between our planet and ourselves.
Ayurveda helps us understand not only the impact of what we put in our mouths–what we taste–but also how vital it is to our health and happiness that all of our senses be touched by Nature’s wonders. Science continues to bear out what we truly already know. Nature is healing! A fascinating study was published last month demonstrating that simply taking a walk out-of-doors–even gazing out the window upon a green landscape– has the blessed power to restore our tired brains and quiet our busy minds. (Read more in this New York Times article.)
I feel so blessed to live in a healing natural setting, and for the rest of this month, my brain will be soaking up all the restoration Nature offers, day by day. I’ve just returned to New Jersey from my winter’s stay at my women’s Ayurvedic clinic, Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women, in South India after a very sad and shocking event in my personal life and healing work. My cherished adopted brother and the manager of Rasa Ayurveda, Sanjeev Kumar S. ‘Sanju’ passed away extremely suddenly. (Read about Sanju here.) I have been so engaged in caring for his widow and daughters during this big transition (more about Bindu and the girls, soon), addressing the needs of our patients at Rasa Ayurveda and managing the staff and facilities, my brain hardly had a moment to recharge.
Simply grieving the sudden loss of a close one requires a huge expenditure of energy on many levels of body and soul. I know that grieving cannot be avoided, and although I have to admit it is very painful, I am finding valuable wisdom treasures along the path in this necessary journey from darkness, into a new light, and I look forward to sharing these with you.
My brain and body are healing, partly with time, loving support and engaging the grieving process, and partly through my senses’ expose to Nature. Since I arrived in New Jersey, I’ve had my hands in the Earth (so healing) to prepare the soil for planting new life. I’ve started vegetable seeds in plastic produce boxes (the perfect mini-green houses). As I watch each seed sprout, rise and become strong enough for planting outside and stand without protection, I feel my own strength coming up, ready to be “re-planted” to bloom and grow in what is–for me–a new world. A world without my brother, Sanju. I know it will be very different from the world I used to know, but I have also seen that, no matter what else is happening, so matter how much is lost or how hard things sometimes get, the old saying is true:”Life goes on.” Life does find a way to go on! That’s because, as the prana or life-force in even the tiniest of seeds demonstrates, life wants to live!
Every living thing–if healthy–strives to live. With the knowledge of Ayurveda, we can harmonize with that beautiful energy in and around us that strives to have us thrive. No matter where we are or what we may be facing or recovering from– we can live, and live well!
A very special ‘Thank You” to all the Bless Yourself with Balance students from all over the world who graciously sent words of love and encouragement when, after some struggle to go on “as normal,” I announced that lessons would be delayed. I’m delighted to be posting our next lesson this week and really look forward to engaging with your observations and questions.
Wherever you are, I hope you can take at least a few moments this week to fully experience your primal relationship to Earth in all your senses! May you be nourished!
With great love and respect,
Niika ~ AyurMama
Want to do something nice for Mother Earth today?
Help protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides. These noxious chemicals are killing our beloved and much-needed pollinators!