Science of Spirituality Series: Embracing Ancient Wisdom and Modern Wellness
Ancient Wisdom: A Journey into Holistic Wellness
Do you remember a time when your mom or someone nurturing would mend your cough with some old-school recipe?
I mean, come on, did you sometimes wonder if the cure was just an old wives’ tale? I certainly do. I recall a chilly day visiting my aunt in England just before winter. I had just begun feeling a sore throat, that classic precursor to a nasty cold.
As I sipped the warm cup she handed me, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. It was a pale yellow, looked odd, and smelled a bit like curry. The taste, though, was surprisingly pleasant. It had this smooth, creamy flavor with hints of ghee and spices.
Years later, I learned that what I had been sipping on that winter day was an Ayurvedic drink many in the West now fondly call “Golden Milk.”
As an adult, I carry many of these Ayurvedic and ancient practices into my daily life.
The Fall Equinox and Reflective Wisdom
As we transition into the crisp embrace of fall, I find myself reflecting on the dynamic interplay between our health and the changing seasons. It’s a dance that’s been particularly relevant recently as I recover from an upper respiratory cough. The shift in the weather reminds me that we, as humans, are holistic beings intricately connected to the rhythms of nature.
This connection led me to explore the ancient Eastern practices of Ayurveda, which offer a holistic approach to health.
Ayurveda, which means “the science of life,” recognizes that our well-being is intricately linked to the world around us. It’s a system that considers not just our physical health, but also our mental, emotional, and spiritual balance.
In this month’s blog edition, I explore the beautiful synergy between ancient practices like Ayurveda and modern wellness.
We are, at our core, holistic beings, intimately connected to the natural cycles of the Earth. Our bodies respond to the changing seasons, our energy shifts with the lunar cycles, and our overall well-being is deeply influenced by the world around us. We are intuitive beings, but often, we’ve become disconnected from this innate wisdom. Holistic practices aim to restore that connection, helping us tap into our intuitive intelligence.
Moreover, these practices remind us that we are part of something larger, something grander than our individual selves. We are threads in the vast tapestry of the universe, and our well-being is intertwined with the well-being of the world.
As we embrace holistic awareness, it’s crucial to recognize the scientific merits of these holistic approaches. Modern research increasingly validates the benefits of holistic living, from the way we nourish our bodies to the way we navigate life through our often-underutilized intuitive force.
Bridging Ancient Wisdom and Modern Wellness
In our modern wellness landscape, practices like Ayurveda and Intuitive Medicine can sometimes be perceived as too “woohoo” or esoteric.
However, when we delve deeper, we find that these ancient traditions often reveal the subtle yet profound interplay between our inner selves and the outer world.
In a world where wellness trends come and go, it’s easy to dismiss practices like Ayurveda as mere relics of the past.
However, beneath their seemingly esoteric exterior lies a profound understanding of the human experience that modern science is only beginning to unravel.
Let’s break it down.
- First, we are holistically part of the natural cycles of the Earth.
- Second, we are intuitive beings, but we’ve become disconnected from our intuitive faculties.
- Third, we are energetically connected to something larger than ourselves, something that science is only beginning to comprehend.
The Scientific Merits of Holistic Living
Holistic living goes beyond stereotypical notions like chanting mantras or sipping herbal teas. Ayurveda and practices like yoga aren’t religious dogmas; they’re spiritual sciences applicable to anyone’s journey, regardless of religious beliefs. These sciences foster self-realization, deepening our understanding of our spirit or soul.
This holistic lifestyle approach considers the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. It involves nourishing our bodies with the right foods while tapping into our often-underutilized intuitive force.
Consider Ayurveda; it extends beyond dosha balancing. It comprehends the subtle interplay between our bodies and the environment. Intuitive medicine also acknowledges our body’s innate intelligence to self-regulate when we attune ourselves.
Ayurveda represents a holistic approach to harmonizing body, mind, and environment to prevent and cure ailments. Holistic awareness recognizes that our bodies aren’t just mechanical entities to be fixed; they’re intricate systems in constant interaction with their surroundings.
In our journey of holistic awareness, remember it’s not confined to rituals or herbal remedies. This approach encompasses our being entirely – mind, body, and spirit. It’s about nourishing ourselves, embracing intuition, and acknowledging our interconnectedness with the world around us.
As you delve into holistic living, consider these three tips:
- Nourish Mindfully: Choose foods that support your body and mind’s well-being.
- Trust Your Intuition: Listen to your body; it holds remarkable wisdom for better decisions.
- Connect with Nature: Spend time outdoors, breathe in fresh air, and harmonize with nature’s rhythms.
Embrace these principles, and step into holistic living, recognizing the intricate dance between your inner and outer worlds.
In this journey, it’s important to understand that much of holistic living, including practices like Ayurveda, relies on the harnessing of subtle energy through holistic practices like meditation.
As Paramahansa Yogananda beautifully expressed, ‘Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm…The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion, it may bear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice.’
In essence, yoga, and more specifically, meditation, helps us achieve a tranquil mind, allowing us to tap into our intuitive wisdom with clarity and precision.
The guests from September’s theme of Energy Awareness: Holistic Awareness offer wisdom-filled insights into various aspects of a holistic lifestyle approach.
Energy Medicine Educator
Amy’s mission is to educate and empower those who are struggling with their health on how to reconnect to their bodies’ innate intelligence using Mother Nature as a guide. She finds that when we awaken to our inner light and wisdom we can sync the mind with the body and spirit. Amy combines the “power of the plants’ along with Energy Medicine techniques and Breathwork to allow you to live in harmony in your body and environment as your authentic self.
Aimee Leigh, founder of Soul Happy, is a dynamic international spiritual teacher, intuitive consultant, energy worker, author, and speaker. She is an expert in the field of intuition and energy awareness. Aimee mentors and teaches individuals empowering skills to create highly fulfilling, inspired lives and businesses by developing their intuition and learning energy skills to live and lead at their fullest potential.
Her consultations offer intuitive energetic insight and guidance to create success and well-being in life and business.
Dr. Lara May is an Advanced Practice Clinical Pharmacist, Functional Medicine Health Coach, and Master Attuned Intuitive Healer & Teacher, who specializes in getting to the root cause of disease via functional medicine & energy medicine. After working in emergency rooms and adult acute care for over a decade, she transitioned into integrative health. Due to her struggle with her own health, Lara started studying & practicing Usui & Angelic reiki in 2014, then functional medicine health coaching in 2017. Lara’s passion & mission is to empower patients to take an active role in their health so that they can create their health on their terms.
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