Spring is a time of new beginnings. And with that, comes the desire for cleansing, detoxification and/or weight loss. Now is the ideal time to start thinking about this since it is a transitional time of the year as well as a spiritual time for new beginnings and cleansing out the old to make room for the new. This not only applies to our bodies and the toxins that have built up in our tissues and organs throughout the year, but also to our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies where we store memories, emotions and every experience we have ever had. It is important to take stock and look at how the relationships in our lives either serve us healthfully or contribute to toxicity in our lives. Everything in existence is about relationship. So whether it is the relationship between the cells in our bodies or the relationship with our significant other, kids, friends, business colleagues, or our relationship with the Divine, we need to look at how these relationships either serve to keep us healthy or serve to make us sick.
We all know how being in the wrong relationship can either make us feel wonderful or dreadful. Everything we think, say, and do, has an effect. This is how Karma works - it all counts - not just when we are meditating, praying or doing our affirmations, but all the time, 24/7/365. Every thought, word and deed is essentially a prayer, in every moment of every day. When we take the necessary actions to take care of ourselves, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, the universe responds and supports these intentions to assist us to make the most nourishing choices – from the food we ingest, the thoughts we choose to think, the relationships we allow to nourish us, to how we express our connection to the Divine. This is the time to think about that which is serving us to make us vital, strong, and healthy, or that which is contributing to stress, digestive disturbance and weight gain, fatigue, or illness. Set a san kalpa, an intention, a Positive Transformation, to detoxify your body, mind and spirit this spring so that you may live a life of strength, vitality and health as you minimize the toxicity in your life. At Kalyana Centre, we will support you in this process by providing a vast array of services such as Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Spiritual Counseling, Meditation, Massage, Yoga, Reiki, and more, so that you may live a life of health, vitality and love.
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The answer is, it depends. In my opinion, having been deeply involved in the worlds of both Eastern and Western medicine, I have come to believe and know that there is a place for everything. Generally, and unfortunately for now, natural remedies and alternative medicine is tried as a last resort rather than a first, and it needs to be the other way around. When a disease process begins, it does so at the cellular level creating generalized symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression, GI upset and malaise. These are so easy to treat with some lifestyle counseling about diet, exercise, meditation, stress, and even some herbs, oils or other therapies like massage, hypnosis, acupuncture, and even prayer that may be suggested. These symptoms, while considered minor, are the “seeds of illness” – the indications that something is off in our body-mind, heart and/or spirit. These symptoms, when ignored, can inevitably progress to ulcers, heart disease, infections, auto-immune diseases, Alzheimer’s, and cancer which are clearly more difficult to treat and where the “big guns” of pharmaceutical intervention becomes necessary and frankly, makes the most sense. So right there should be your incentive to focus on preventing these things before they gain momentum and become terminal. That’s not to say that natural lifestyle remedies should not be employed in addition to western approaches - they absolutely should so that the treatment can work even better. To learn more about this and other topics on holistic/medical approaches, contact me, and I will be happy to help you discern the options that are right for you.
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Doctor of Metaphysics & Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda, Meditation & Yoga Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and animal activist.