My mission should you choose to accept it…
Over the last many years, I’ve listened
to many inspirational speakers
and read a great many more inspirational books
and quotes of all natures.
In the past year, I’ve really focused on finding my purpose
and worked toward appreciating my choices,
following their path to where I could identify
my passions and strengths. With that, I intended
to come up with my purpose or as I’m affectionately
calling it these days…my mission.
I’ve been a teacher for over 30 years.
I’ve taught French, Italian, English as a Second
Language, Methods of Teaching, Linguistics.
I began teaching yoga 13 years ago and that
evolved into teaching Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga.
It’s the Indian approach to health and well-being.
I find it to be a very compassionate approach,
encouraging practitioners to move “in the direction
of” health and well-being and not expecting
transformation overnight….or even over a year.
It’s a patient, plodding, intentional way of walking
through life. It’s way of saying everyday, “I love myself.”
“I’m worth the work of becoming aware and making
Have you run away yet?
I’m so glad you’re still here, exercising patience as
I move in the direction of the point!
I’ve had as a rather nebulous goal over the last many years
to bring health and well-being to as many people as possible.
I have now embraced it as my MISSION!
What? How? When? Where/
Well, if we live near each other, I’ll be inviting you
to a series of workshops this summer–all FREE–
to help you embrace my mission as YOUR mission.
For those of you who don’t live so near, I decided
to share what we do in the workshops so that you
can at least think about what you could be doing for
yourself, your family, your environment.
Heck, you may already be doing some of these things
and you need to congratulate yourself and celebrate
Get healthy. Clean up your act! Stay healthy!
Incorporate little things into your life that will have
Ayurveda believes that the mind, the body, and the
spirit are one. Indivisible. United. What you do to or
for one, you do for all. (Remember the 3 musketeers?)
I will give you key principles of Ayurveda.
Then I will give you some ways that ALL people
can honor these principles in YOUR life.
The key ingredient is this: Mind/body/spirit
are one. What you do to or for one, you do to
or for all.
Ayurveda (which, by the way, in Sanskrit — the historical
language of yoga and of Ayurveda) means knowledge of
long life. The goal of Ayurveda is to help each of us
live a long life.
Ayurveda believes that all disease begins in the digestive
system. So, it’s critical to take care of your gut–to eat and
drink appropriately, to sleep appropriately, to honor how
our individual body processes food and everything else we
put into it.
Ayurveda believes that we are born with a certain
constitution, unique to each of us, and that life
takes us out of balance. It’s our job to do all we can
to keep bringing us back toward balance.
It’s a lifetime job.
We’re worth the work.
Ayurveda believes that we have a responsibility
to ourselves to honor that whole self
(mind/body/spirit) and that whatever we do,
we should do it with joy.
In Ayurveda, no one is better than anyone else.
No constitution is more desirable than another.
They each have their strengths. When in balance,
their strengths flow; when out of balance,
the more challenging aspects begin to manifest.
When we notice, and we act to take care of
ourself and bring us back into balance, we get to
enjoy those strengths with only minimal blips of
When we ignore those manifestations of imbalance,
they just get worse.
It’s most helpful to consult an ayurvedic educator
or practitioner for a complete assessment of your constituion.
But you can develop a bit of awareness by taking one
of those little quizzes you can find on the internet.
I recommend Banyan Botanicals, Joyful Belly,
and Dr. John Douillard as great resources. (Or me
if we live near each other!)
With just a little bit of knowledge, you can begin to make
choices that can help cleanse you, can help build
your immune system, can help keep you healthy.
For example, here are some healthy tips for ALL
Drink room temperature beverages instead of cold.
(An occasional ice cold drink is ok. Remember, we’re
moving in the direction of; we’re not perfect.)
Drink hot water with a quarter lemon first thing in the
Before you put anything in your mouth in the morning,
scrape your tongue. That coating that’s on your tongue in the
morning is the result of your digestion system working during
the night to cleanse the body of toxins. Scraping your tongue
gets rid of those toxins. You can use a spoon or a tongue scraper.
They’re available for about $5 at most drugstores. You can
certainly pay more for a stainless steel version if you’d like.
Do NOT brush your tongue. That pushes the toxins back into
the tongue instead of clearing them off.
Toast your bread before you eat it. Cooked food (even a little)
helps ease the digestive processes. Raw food is reserved for
those with a very strong digestive fire and even then, it’s only
recommended in summer. If you’re crazy about salads, you
may want to look at other gentler, cooked foods.
Establish a ritual of expressing gratitude. Ask yourself
and your loved ones
first thing in the morning and last thing at night:
What do you feel grateful for?
Write in a journal. Say what you feel grateful for aloud.
Say it in your heart.
An attitude of gratitude results in greater
immunity, better sleep, better stress management and in
one study at the University of Connecticut was found
to protect against heart attacks.
Cleanse yourself gently with a tea made with
an equal amount of roasted cumin, coriander,
and fennel seeds.
Steep about a tablespoon of the mixture in about 1/2
gallon of hot water. You can add organic, dried rose petals
or lemon if you’d like. You can drink this throughout
your day either warm or room temperature.
Whatever you do, do it with joy!
And if you’d like, remember that I’m here.
It’s my mission, remember?