Archive for March, 2009

My Path of Ayurveda

Today is March 2, 2009 – it is my first day of formal study in Ayurvedic Medicine on my path to a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, with specializations in Pancha Karma (detox and cleansing), Ayurvedic Body Therapies, and Ayurvedic Herbalism.  What is Ayurveda? It is a “complete” science of well-being and healing, health and preventative medicine. It exists to keep human-kind healthy; it is an ancient science – the oldest medical system in the world – with the ultimate goal of health, balance, and longevity, and connection to our true natures as spirit.

What this means to me is EVERYTHING. My health and longevity, quality of life, wisdom and growth, and ability to heal self and others is EVERYTHING. We are all healers – when we make the right lifestyle choices. Through this process of healing and cleansing comes the clarity and energy to also pursue the path of Enlightenment, a permanently established link to time-less Self and Divine Love. What that feels like is spotty to me still since this experience with this Power has come in very small increments, yet has left me with a knowing that is irreversible and magnetic.

Meanwhile, manifestation of other activities has come to light lately – dreams I have had for 16 years, for instance, my opportunity to run a sushi bar a couple nights a week while the owner is on vacation. This is the food I am most familiar and excited with since childhood, have a palette for, and a passionate history rich with direct experience in sushi bars all over the world (even German-speaking Japanese in Switzerland), and with Itamae-sans from Japan who I have bellied up to and learned Japanese from and the art of sushi, japanese food, and cultural nuances.

It doesn’t matter to most people how much experience or passion I have, or even the level of sanitation, cleanliness, and consciousness I bring to this business, because most people have no idea what goes into their food or where their food comes from. My earliest business plan right out of college was for a sushi bar, and unless I start one from the ground or am honored by a Japanese trained chef behind the counter or someone that is beyond talented and creative with respect for the process (or one that is aspiring to be), it will never be good enough for me. For me, this is the last real food I can trust because I can see the entire process before my eyes. I have watched it my entire life and know when corners are being cut and fish is too long in the case. What do you call sushi or food that isn’t true to the real process or integrity of process or culture. Truth is it’s all over the U.S. right now and the Japanese have set up an organization to try to keep integrity in the process and preparation of Japanese food outside of Japan, which includes extensive training, education, and out-reach. This is evidence of how special they think their food is, and so do I.  When sushi rice is crunchy because someone didn’t take the time in the process to cook it properly and coat every grain of rice with vinegar and love, then what do you call that?   Not sushi.

In the end, no matter how important things seem to be to US, or ME, or YOU,  if people have different perspectives and life experiences when coming together – we cannot expect people to see as we do especially if they do not want to or need to; and here we are with expectations that this person or people will see as we do and have our expectations too – wouldn’t that be something! Wouldn’t it be so exciting that we have something to offer them that is special and beneficial and they SEE it!  This is not how it works usually. But as time goes by, as we change our environment and associations to reflect our passions, pursuits, and vision – more opportunities will arrive that are in-line with our intentions and energy. IT is up to us to be clear, and seek and embrace the opportunities where people really do realize and respect our gifts and truly want to benefit from them with eyes wide open. Otherwise, we are un-authentically, on someone else’s agenda, and are compromising our values, reputation, and diluting our abilities to produce to perfection or to our optimal potentials.

By the way, never let anyone talk you into mediocrity. Never listen to excuses based on ignorance, or the imbalanced ego which blocks people from accepting instruction, education, compassionate criticism, and loving guidance.  When two different perspectives come together, have compassion. Leave the situation if you can’t deal with it compassionately. When there is a clearly defined difference of vision, action, opinion, and experience – learn from the situation, let go with LOVE, and find those people who are like-minded and whom you want to associate with because of likeness of vision, striving for greatness, and mutual respect, admiration, and appreciation. Otherwise, you are in for a lot of paddling up a mountain with a broken paddle in a dry creek bed. This is called building community. It’s also what you do when you build a business.

That leads me to healing and the path of Ayurveda. When one has the ability to impact other’s lives with special wisdom and education, conscious care, and specific experience, do not expect everyone to embrace and follow this path you are expecting for them. Each person is on a unique life journey that will either resonate with you or not, they will either be magnetically drawn to you or dramatically repelled from you. It is up to us as healers, practitioners, friends, and family to do our best, be our best, and work with and associate with people who are embracing the many opportunities life is offering to fill significant roles at perfect times for us to serve each other and make a difference in each other’s lives. Don’t waste this precious human life.  This creates harmonious relationships on many levels in our lives and has a ripple effect that is very empowering, healing, and inspiring that effects so many indirectly as well.

Remember that the Universe is building Community even while we sleep, in the form of lessons, new experiences, and crazy unexpected connections that are based on our intentions and energy (actions), our higher purposes (the reasons we wanted to be here on Earth at this time),  and how hungry we are for wisdom and evolution.  All experiences are for our growth and evolution so honor the mystery of life and milk it for all the Joy you can.

Namaste. Peace out. D


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