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Savoring the Present Moment with Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, the way most of us get carried away in our daily lives is due to the vata or pitta dosha. Vata is made up of either and air while pitta is made of fire and water elements. Each has its own way of influencing our bodies and beg to be understood...

August Theme: Savoring the Moment

Savoring the Moment August seems to be one of those months in which I find myself inevitably caught in looking back and looking forward. As the first day of school creeps toward us, I wonder at the speed of the now-almost-past summer; I look ahead to the return to...

August: Embracing Change

“Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.” –Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams The monsoon rains have arrived, marking the threshold between summer and late summer. Their arrival marks a...

Pitta Season: Friend of Foe

As we navigate the summer months, we are immersed in pitta season. According to Ayurveda, pitta, composed of fire and water, helps us to transform and digest all that life throws at us. It is the digestive enzymes, acids, the hormones that we produce as well as the...

July Theme: Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire It still takes me by surprise each year: the sudden onset of the hot, hot season in the Southwest. I’m not always good about it. I complain, get irritable, take a little too long to remember: it’s actually a very beautiful thing that nature retains this...

The Power of Knowing Yourself

Human self-reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence. As a perpetual student of our human experience, I am constantly searching for more ways to understand our...

June Theme: Navigating Your Personal Landscape

There’s a piece of my spine that knows when I’ve been working, ruminating, processing too much and not practicing enough. It’s at the back of my heart, between my shoulder blades, that upper thoracic place that seems to act as a hook upon which to hang my stress....

Fertile Ground and Ayurveda

This month, let’s look at the definition of fertile ground: fertile. … And “fertile ground” can be arable land or a situation that provides the perfect opportunity. The Latin root, fertilis, means “bearing in abundance, fruitful, or...

May Theme: Fertile Ground

“Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt—marvelous error!— That a spring was breaking Out in my heart. I said: Along which secret aquaduct, Oh water, are you coming to me, Water of a new life That I have never drunk? Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt—marvelous...

Routine as Ritual

I am fascinated by the idea of ritual.  I am bored, yet comforted by routine. Why is this? I perceive ritual to be filled with shakti, filled with ancient wisdom, loaded with spiritual practices, and magical enough to create miracles. Routine on the other hand can...