Healing With Inner Medicine
“No medicine, no matter how powerful, can replace your own. Life is simple. We’ve made it complex by adding massive amounts of material appendages to it, living in a state of over-stress, exaggerating our needs, believing that ‘more’ is better; but more options and more choices serve only to make an already packed life more weary and complex. The more consciousness you cultivate the fewer choices you need.”
May was a big month for me–lots of learning that I’ve been bursting to share with you. My brain was so overloaded that on day three of the first training program while we were learning tongue analysis, mine was bright red on the tip (the area connected to the brain!) My teacher laughed and said that my Vata brain couldn’t handle any more information. LOL–Vatas love to learn!
I began the month at a certification course on diagnosis from Wise Earth Ayurveda, taught by its founder, Maya Tiwari. Always at the core of Maya’s teaching is Inner Medicine–the healing power innate within every living being on Earth. We need only reconnect to that source within us and live in harmony with Mother Nature to experience a balanced, healthy life.
Ayurveda is such an ancient practice that the date of its origin is unknown. It was an oral tradition first and eventually recorded in the Hindu scriptures, the Vedas, around 7,000 years ago. Although Ayurveda originated in what is now India, the ancient Rishis, or enlightened sages, who brought forth this earliest-documented medical system, did so for all of mankind. The knowledge (or science) of life which is Ayurveda, is all about balance–knowing our individual constitution and staying in rhythm with nature.
I love Ayurveda because it is a gentle, holistic approach to not only healing but living a full, healthy and balanced life. It always seeks to find the root cause of an imbalance–be it emotional, physical or mental–rather than band-aid it with unnecessary and invasive measures.
Food, breath, and sound are the basic elements of Inner Medicine and the core of Wise Earth Ayurveda teachings. They are simple yet profound tools to balance and help heal the body, mind and spirit.
There are, of course, other important practices which help keep our mind, body, and spirit healthy, such as meditation, journaling, exercise and healthy relationships. Today I wanted to put my focus on food, breath, and sound because of the incredible potential for good health that they hold.
I also want to mention that while herbs may play a role in healing our bodies, they should be a last resort when implementing Inner Medicine practices. Maya Tiwari cautions against becoming dependent on herbs in much the same way that we as a culture have become dependent on pharmaceuticals. Ayurvedic herbs are generally only prescribed for short periods of time to help with stubborn imbalances.
I hope that I have inspired you to tap into your own Inner Medicine. When I decided to take back some of the power and responsibility for my own healing, a door opened and everything changed for me. I became whole again.
“Healing is simple. It is initiated within yourself through this awareness. Healing is a subtle thing–it is about the character of your ongoing relationship to the earth, sun, moon, sky, water, forest, animals, and children.”
P.S. Here are some wonderful resources to help you connect to your own Inner Medicine.
Women’s Power to Heal by Maya Tiwari
Living Ahimsa Diet by Maya Tiwari
A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari
Be Your Own Shaman by Deborah King
Breathe Deep Laugh Loudly: The Joy of Transformational Breathing by Judith Kravitz
The Healer Within by Roger Jahnke