Just as we humans are complex so is the definition of health. Ayurveda looks to the Sanskrit word svastha to define health. Svastha means “to be established in the Self”. It leaves us with a philosophical debate on what health entails.
What is health. No really, what is it? The definition of health from the Western medicine perspective is the absence of symptoms. But what does that really mean? I attempt to answer this question by outlining the 6 stages of disease. Knowing these six stages helped me a lot to place where I am at on my healing journey and what measures I needed to take to get me back to perfect health.
Five percent of the world’s population suffers from depression. Getting out of it depends a lot on what choice we make. Are we choosing the light or the darkness? Having gone through periods of depression myself, I know that while in the darkness it is incredibly hard to make that choice but I also know it is possible.
Food is about more than just taste. Food is nourishment for the five layers of our being. It impacts not only your physical body, but our minds, emotions and spirit as well. Shifting your attention away from solely tasting food to asking yourself “how does my body want to be nourished today” and “how does earth intent to nourish me today” provides for a completely different approach and culinary experience.
The average age of menopause is 51 in the US. Entering menopause before 40 is considered premature. Brodie Welch LAc, MSOM shares the advice she gives to herself and the wisdom she passes on to her patients.
The four stages of life describe our focus, aim and role in life over a 100 year time span. These stages were outlined in the ancient Indian texts, the Vedas.
Being able to verbalize the four stages helps us to become more conscious and choose our orientation, engagement, actions and attitude in each phase of life more skillfully.