Oil gets a bad rep…
Yeah, of course, you don’t want to overdo the processed oils and fried foods. But, there’s such a thing as “good oils” that can actually make you feel more balanced, nurtured, loved, and even help you sleep better!
One of the things I’ve learned over my past 11 years of studying and practicing Ayurveda is that you need to adjust your self-care routines for the season. Life, just the calendar year, has different seasons. What looks like “balance” for you in 1 season can be completely different in another season.
Your body is always sending you signals. It’s your job to tune into those signals, get curious about what they’re telling you, and make adjustments so that you can live in alignment and harmony with life itself. When you do this, you find greater ease, joy, peace, and happiness.
I’m not saying any of this is easy. Actually, it’s a lifelong practice and journey. I always tell my clients “become a student of your life.”
So what’s all this got to do with oil?
It’s the Fall season. You may have noticed the leaves are changing color, there’s a crisp dry quality in the air, and a breeze rustling through the leaves outside. These are qualities of Vata, or the Air/Ether elements in Ayurveda - dry, light, mobile, cool.
These qualities are reflected in your body too. That can show up as dry skin, constipation, insomnia, and a general sense of restlessness or even anxiety.
Oil up your life!!
Physically, mentally, and emotionally, you want to add oily, smooth, unctuous things into your life. What does that look like?
Here are some examples:
Want more tips specific to you and the season of life you’re going through right now?
Let’s hop on an Illumination Call and shed light on what your body’s trying to tell you in this current season and what you can do about it. This is a completely free, no-pitch call to give you the clarity and results you’re after…
Your body is always sending you signals.
Are you listening?
It starts subtle. And if you don't tune in, the signals get louder...
Ayurveda says that all imbalance starts in your digestive tract. This is the first place you'll get your body's signals. That is, if you're aware and paying attention to it.
It'll show up as indigestion, heartburn, or feeling bloated.
When you don't listen and make changes at that level, the "imbalance" travels to other parts of your body, mind, and emotions. It shows up as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks.
And the thing is, it's not only what you eat that's causing this "imbalance" in your digestion. It's everything - your life experiences, emotions, and processing of those experiences. You literally have to "digest" all of those things.
And, when you don't, your body lets you know.
In part 2 of my podcast with Melissa Barry, brand strategist and host of Conscious Matters, we talk all about digestion and tuning into your body's signals.
In case you missed Part 1, I'm including the links to both below...
Tune in and let me know what you think! What are you biggest reflections or insights from this episode? Leave a comment below and let me know! (seriously, I love hearing from you and I reply to every single comment)
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I'll never forget that time I went backpacking through Europe with my best friend after graduating college. I thought I was being minimalist and hip with my Eddie Bauer backpack that my brother gifted me before the trip. Packed to the brim with quick dry sundresses, toiletries, my camera and film (yes, this was back in the days of film!).
Little did I realize that my "minimalist" backpack was actually super heavy to carry around the streets of Paris. My friend and I decided we had to send back some of our stuff. There was no way we were going to be able travel around for 3 weeks in Europe with these backpacks on, not to mention get souvenirs along the way. We packed up all the extra "things" and went to the post office to mail it back to the U.S.
Now, of course, back home, I would never wear the same 3 outfits in rotation, washing them in the bathroom sink each night and hanging them up to dry only to wear again the next day. But, when you're a fresh college graduate backpacking through hostels in Europe, that's totally normal.
So, why am I telling you this story?
Well, I thought of it for a couple reasons. First, I chatted with a friend from Paris last week on her podcast, and it made me think of all things Paris :-)
Also, because life is always changing. What you need in one moment is completely different than what you need in another moment. Depending on where you are and the circumstances, you need to adjust, adapt, and flow.
But, so often you're looking for balance....
...the complete opposite of what you really need, which is to be able to flow with ease through the ever-changing landscape of life.
So, in this podcast that I recorded recently with my new Parisian friend, Melissa, we talk about why:
Listen all the way to the end for my invitation to a "challenge" that'll set you up to start feeling happy in the now...it's completely free and easy to do!
Oh, and after you listen, leave a comment below to let me know if you accepted my invitation and what you thought of the episode!
Can't wait to hear from you!!
This was life-changing! A few years ago, I learned that eating raw veggies year round is the worst thing you could do for your health!
Ok, ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little. I'm sure I could think of a few other things that are worse for your health than eating salads year round.
But, it was surprising when I first learned that, according to ayurveda, it's harder to digest raw veggies than cooked. Summertime is the exception to this rule.
You see, according to ayurveda, your self-care and digestion isn't the same year-round. It's important to tune in and adjust your routines based on the season.
And, if you're going to eat salads, summer is the best time. In fact, it's one of the things I look forward to every summer (in addition to sunny days on the beach, bike rides, and outdoor concerts!).
I made the change a few years ago, and have noticed a huge difference in my digestion and how my body feels. (It was 80 degrees here last week, which is why summer's on my mind...)
Watch this 3-minute video to learn more about Ayurveda's seasonal recommendations.
Digestion is such an important part of your well-being that we spend an entire week on it in my 6-week group program. Speaking of, this program is starting up again in just a few weeks.
Join the waitlist HERE to be the first to get all the details!
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This is always such a time of reflection for me. This time of year. Maybe because my birthday is right around the corner. Or, the days are getting shorter and its getting dark out earlier. It's getting colder outside.
It's as though Nature is inviting you to turn inward. To reflect upon your past year and the upcoming one.
It's also an interesting time because this holiday season is going to be different than anything you've experienced before. The pandemic has brought all sorts of new challenges to the season.
But, you have the opportunity to see these as challenges OR opportunities. And so, I invite you to accept Nature's invitation to reflect inward.
This is the 1 thing to do...
Cultivate a mindset of reflection and opportunity through the challenges. This is what builds resilience and radiance. Happiness is an inside job and it starts with awareness.
Watch this 3-minute video for guidance and prompts to help you get started on your process of reflection!
For more on how to have a radiant, stress-less holiday season, download your free audio series HERE