Why should I do a spring cleanse/detox?

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Why you want to do a spring cleanse if the body can heal itself all the time

– An ayurvedic perspective.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px”][vc_column_text]The sun comes up. The air is getting warmer and I sense a spell of relief running through me.

Ah – finally spring is on our doorstep.

And while I am inhaling happily the joy of warmer days a thought pushes me of my high horse: ‘Spring brings about runny noses, congested eyes and sneezes’

 

What to do?

Some people go through their healing in different phases of life; with different remedies and at all seasons.

In fact, healing can happen all the time. And still, healing can move faster and smoother if we allow the forces of nature to assist us.

 

Let me put this into a picture for you.

Healing to me is like ‘cleaning up’. And like anything in your house, you will clean up what is dirty and not only focus on one part of your living space. So there is time for healing of emotions, time for healing your physiology and time to heal through diet.

So why not use what nature gifts us with to make more use of healing through adjusting your food patterns for a moment, to achieve an optimum in your physiology and ignite the power of self-healing.

 

How does that work exactly?

In the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, they consider the year to have truly only 2 seasons. they speak of the cooling and cold season (autumn and winter) and the warming and hot season (spring and summer).

Those ‘two’ seasons shift our desires in food. Warming and heating foods in the earlier cool season and lighter and cooling foods (like salads, fresh and juicy fruits) in the warmer season.

But with every teaching, we want to find the entrance point, where things are not at the height of their quality. So from this point of view, spring (=warming up to summer) is the point where the element fire starts to come up slowly.

 

Why is this so important?

Have you ever observed a fireplace? What happens if you put old oils with residues of pollution into the fire? The flames go high, burn quickly and leave a stink.

This is the same for your body. Fire is associated with digestion (transforming and burning foods). If your inner fire rises with the outer heat (like increases like) you are likely to burn through old foods and residues of undigested things from winter.

However, if you lighten the load, by decreasing your  (food) input, you will assist your body in doing what it wants to do anyways – clean up the house.

Your own body wisdom and in fact more clearly everything your body can do by itself, is enhanced when you give it the right space to mend itself.

In this manner, the body has the capabilities to heal, once it is aligned with its natural inner rhythm and workings.

Once all systems and channels are cleared, you will benefit from it by feeling you have a stronger immune system.

And with a stronger immune system, you are less likely to have allergic reactions that stem from your own system not being able to work full power. Why else would the body react to what we call nature and in itself is friendly? Why does our body react with a ‘wrong self-defense’. This is what your body does when you have allergic symptoms – it tries to eliminate wastes while it is perceiving nature as a thread.

 

Invitation to online detox

Not all cleanses are fasts.

And not everybody is capable of doing a traditional ayurvedic cleanse. These days I often assist people in finding, what is truly helpful for them.

So if you like to go through an innerspring clean, you can jump onto my Guided Ayurvedic Cleanse and work out what is working for you.

 

Join me in April to get ready to tend to your fire and kindle it so it shines bright and radiant.

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Ayurveda and what it is

Mother of All Healing—for 5,000 years in India, Ayurveda has been both a science and art of healing that has helped progress other forms of ancient medicine such as Tibetan medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine. It is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. Many of the principles of natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda, including homeopathy and Polarity Therapy.

Deriving its meaning from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge), Ayurveda means “the science of life.” Its wisdom reminds us that the entire web of life is intricately interwoven—not just the body, mind, and spirit but to its environment as well. With a unique emphasis on total wellness, the art, and science of Ayurveda work to harmonize our internal and external worlds.

 

Ayurvedic practice falls under any of its eight branches: 

  • Kaayachikitsa – Internal Medicine
  • Baalachikitsa – Pediatrics
  • Bhuta Vidya – Psychiatry
  • Shalakya Tantra – Ear, Nose and Throat Treatment
  • Shalya Tantra – Surgery
  • Vishagara Vairodh Tantra – Toxicology
  • Jarachikitsa/Rasayana – Geriatrics and Rejuvenation
  • Vajikarana — Aphrodisiac Therapy, Fertility, and Conception

 

 Ayurveda’s Strategy: Focus on Constitution; Work on Balance

Balance is the natural order; imbalance is disorder. Health is order; disease is disorder. 

The Ayurvedic strategy banks on the concept of universal interconnectedness. And thus, on the dynamics and connectedness of the body’s constitution (prakriti), and the life forces (doshas) around it.

Following this concept, disease is understood to be due to an imbalance or stress in a person’s consciousness. And as such, the goals of treatment aid the person by eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing resistance to disease, reducing worry and stress, and increasing harmony in life. Its strategy is to encourage lifestyle interventions and habits to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment.

Like everyone’s unique fingerprint, each person has a particular pattern of energy—an individual combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics—which comprises the constitution. This constitution is determined at conception by a number of factors and remains the same throughout one’s life.

Ayurveda also centers on the senses. The five senses serve as the portals between the internal and external realms, as the five great elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth move around and influence the dynamics and balance of our doshas. Ayurveda groups these five elements into three basic types of energy and functional principles that are present in everybody and everything—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Ayurveda

Balancing the Three Principal Energies

Vata, pitta, and kapha are combinations and permutations of the five elements that manifest as patterns present in all creation. In the physical body, vata is the subtle energy of movement, pitta the energy of digestion and metabolism, and kapha is the energy that forms the body’s structure.

Many factors, both internal and external, act upon us to disturb the balance of our doshas and are reflected as a change in one’s constitution from the balanced state. Examples include one’s emotional state, diet and food choices, seasons and weather, physical trauma, work, and family relationships. Understanding these factors is crucial and a precursor to taking appropriate actions to minimize its effects or eliminate the causes of imbalance and re-establish our original constitution.

Ayurveda, as a science and art of healing that focuses on lifestyle, have benefits that are unique to the practice. Here’s some the major benefits that you can immediately reap from adopting and practicing Ayurveda.

  1. Stress Buster

Ayurveda teaches several methods to release stress: yoga, dinacharya, or waking up early before the sun rises to give you peace of mind; meditation; drinking green tea which has stress properties such as L-theanine to keep you calm and to reduce anxiety.

  1. Aids in Weight Loss

Healthy weight loss comes naturally after detox and adopting a healthier diet.

  1. Balances Hormones

Detox also flush away toxins and fight the chemical imbalance in your body which usually messes up with your hormones!

  1. Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is usually caused by poor diet, lack of sleep, and stress. Ayurveda’s herbal treatments, yoga, and meditation promote conditions such as good sleep, a calmer mind, hence, controlling the excessive inflammation. 

  1. Removes Toxins From the Body

Ayurveda consists of practices that cleanse the mind, body, and soul. A vital Ayurvedic intervention called ‘Panchakarma’ is used to get rid of toxins that interfere with the normal functioning of the body.

Ayurveda addresses all aspects of life by understanding the forces and elements that surround and influence everything. But it also recognizes that each of us is unique—responds differently to the many aspects of life, possesses different strengths and weaknesses.

It may be ancient wisdom and practice but it offers renewed access to our natural intelligence. And Ayurveda offers the promise of a more harmonious future for us, people, AND our planet.

Embrace the fear and let it go – Astrid Walsh

Many times, the things that you’re scared of usually aren’t as scary as you think they are. The thought of the thing is usually scarier than the actual thing. 

Astrid Walsh’s journey to save her vision was witness to this. Having been confronted one day by a diagnosis that meant she won’t be able to do many of the things that she loves doing and a possibility of being derailed from her passion for the visual arts, Astrid allowed herself to be scared off by what she thought would be the worst. 

While being treated conventionally for Lyme disease, she noticed episodes of flashing in her vision. Later on, she was told it was a detached retina and surgery is the only way. But that night of the soul pulled her inwards to wait and hear an answer, led her to discover a world that taught her that healing occurs so much deeper than and after the treatments and interventions that we do for our body. 

Astrid took her health on her hands: for better or worse, she relied on what she feels. She had the inner knowing but had to find out what it is. So Astrid researched and found Ayurveda as the only healing modality that looked at the senses specifically. Alexandra, as a long-time friend of Astrid, introduced her to that world and went deeper—into Panchakarma. 

Astrid spent weeks in a tiny village in India, being taken care of by Dr. Ashwin Shastri and practically the whole village. These weeks led her to discover so much about herself and the world we live in. Panchakarma and all the detox she went through taught her that healing is about creating space for and letting in what could heal us and letting go of the things that intoxicate, not only our bodies but also our mind and soul.  

More than the interventions, big and small, Astrid learned that it was really about tuning in to the self, about attachments and sufferings, about the way we look at life and death. And ultimately, about letting go. 

This whole journey, for Astrid, brought closer together two worlds—traditional medicine and Ayurveda—to teach her most precious take away: let in, want something, but let go of the necessity to get it and you’ll find peace in your decision. 

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Healing

Podcast Highlights 

  • Every illness brings death with it to a certain degree. Dr. Ashwin Shastri showed me the terror of death, blindness. As a visual artist, I overly relied on my eyes and blindness equaled to death. I was coming to grip the reality of death. – Astrid Walsh 
  • I came from a culture where death was the absolute worst-case scenario. Whereas from Ayurveda and India’s cultural perspective, there’s rebirth. The way we see it isn’t necessarily the only way to see it. – Astrid Walsh 
  • In modern times, we live in a very fast-paced environment that we almost have to learn patience. – Alexandra Kreis. 
  • You can only have the energy to do these things for yourself, it’s all self-responsibility in making the choices every day. But you can only actually do that if you’re supported in some way. Big interventions can give you a good place to start. Because sometimes, you just have to act now, in a big way. But then after that, you have to integrate it into your new reality. And that takes time and patience. – Astrid Walsh 
  • Ayurveda gives you the stability to be able to face health problems and not get panicked. The sickness can’t travel so deep if you keep an eye regularly on what is falling out of shape in you and what needs amending. – Astrid Walsh 

Guest Bio 

Embrace the fear and let it go - Astrid WalshAstrid Walsh is an amazing visual artist from Ireland. She has done numerous individual and collaborative exhibitions across the country and received awards and recognitions for her work. She started first started her healing journey and discovering Ayurveda when she was undergoing treatment for Lyme disease in 2003. Later on, she was diagnosed with a detached retina and that’s when she dove really deeply into Ayurveda, which she practices until today. 

Innate Resources For Healing Trauma – Patrick Harraghy

Sleeplessness, anxiety, unhealthy eating habits—we often regard these as just part of the “modern life”. But these can have more far-reaching effects on our well-being. And many times, people don’t realize that these often disregarded factors can be traced from an unaddressed trauma. 

The discourse around this becomes extra important as the world navigates a 180-degree shift in our lives as individuals and societies to cope with a pandemic. People explore a newly evolving world of work, mostly, with uncertainty and a small support system. 

But this episode’s guest, Patrick Harraghy, a therapist specializing in trauma, is out to take listeners through it with his five resources to stabilize our lives, whether traumatized or not. 

For Patrick, these five key resources—exercise, food, engagement, relaxation, and sleep—may seem simple and have always been a part of the health and wellbeing narrative. Yet people continue to take for granted many of them, especially sleep. 

A lot of healing happens during sleep—both for physical and mental healing. But trauma—whether developmental or shock trauma—often messes up one’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. And hence, the lack of it affects the body’s ability to recover and heal. And so it is important to know and practice some techniques to get a good night’s sleep. 

Practicing sleep hygiene would usually involve small habits such as not having caffeine in the evening, not eating late, not taking alcohol, trying to go to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time (so activate the internal clock), and preparing for sleep like a baby like going for a bath and doing something but not watching TV, etc. 

In Ayurveda, this has been discussed in Samhita—how you run your day, creating an evening routine, and creating the atmosphere for sleep. 

But dealing with trauma is a long-haul flight. It can be activated later in our lives. The body tends to protect us from that trauma, shifting us to avoidance mode for so long, but then something might come and trigger it. A lot of people become self-reliant because of trauma and develop difficulty in reaching out. Hence, creating a safe space and opening up the self to external support is key to addressing the trauma for good. And of course, practicing these five resources works wonders! 

To Patrick, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help. Life is not a rehearsal and so life should be lived in its full potential. There’s a good life out there to be lived. 

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Podcast Highlights 

  • A lot of healing happens during sleep. – Patrick Harraghy 
  • Self-care is very important, so I can be more available for the clients. – Patrick Harraghy 
  • With covid, a different kind of stress builds up within the home, especially with people working from home. Get out for a walk, even for just 10 minutes. It’s important to get out of the environment and respect boundaries. – Patrick Harraghy 
  • Don’t freak out; reach out. We all struggle. But life is there to be fair. We’re all just human beings. – Alexandra Kreis 
  • Seek help. Life is not a rehearsal. And so life should be lived in its full potential. There’s a good life out there to be lived. – Patrick Harraghy 

 

Patrick Harraghy

Guest Bio 

Patrick Harraghy is a psychotherapist at Centre Professional Therapy, specializing in trauma. His practice deals with trauma caused by traffic accidents, industrial accidents, shootings, sexual abuse, bullying, etc. Patrick is currently in Ireland and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy(IACP). Patrick met Alexandra in yoga with a common interest: to help people in their journeys for a more stable, well-lived life. 

 

Julie Williams – Healing through Reconnecting the Constellation of Consciousness

This episode’s guest is a healer and geneticist, now living and thriving in Ireland, who took her love of science and learning to the holistic art of healing and helping people in their journey to wellness. Meet Julie Williams. 

Growing up a very sensitive child, Julie realized she had shut down all those intuitive and empathic abilities early in her life. Finding the love for science, her curiosity about how things work got her a degree in biology and genetics. Her exceptional work on clinical research and pharmaceuticals brought her up the management career ladder. 

Julie had it all. But this same fact made her more afraid, unhappy. This took her out of the corporate world and set her off on a sail—her growth process and journey—not in a big bang but a gradual, step-by-step one, deeply reconnecting to her truth each time. 

In this thoughtful conversation, our guest inspires us that it is possible to live what you dreamed of by living your truth. Through the help of mentors and teachers, who’re there to keep perspective, we are not alone in finding that truth. But the answer to the questions will always lie within ourselves and ourselves alone. 

Listeners also get a sneak peek at the family constellation work— a modality, a therapy of healing. Julie, through the various practices she explored, brings that work under the umbrella of consciousness medicine. Using the power of consciousness to heal, this work is done to release the issues and, hence, the suffering that’s constraining the flow of love within the family and the self. It focuses on clearing that suffering so we can fulfill our dharma, embrace life, and channel our energy to help our community and the world. 

To Julie, “We can’t get it wrong. It’s not unicorns and rainbows; it can get difficult but it’s okay. Living from that place of trust is what will bring so much joy and confidence to you.” 

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Podcast Highlights 

  • I began to realize that the more successful I became in the business world, it was actually not making me happy. All that success factors that people talk about—I attained all of those; it was beautiful but there’s something within me that didn’t feel fulfilled. And that’s what prompted me in this journey that eventually aligned me with my truth. And as I began internally, my external world also aligned with that. – Julie Williams 
  • We want things to change really quickly but it’s the universe that will tell us that it’s time. I did not try to think about the ‘why’, ‘how’ or ‘when’; just the ‘what’. And that’s when my life took a complete turn. – Julie Williams 
  • What helped me was aligning with my truth. I asked myself: what are my needs, what is my truth. Just because I’m good at something, I thought it’s what I was meant to do. I did it but it felt constrictive. – Julie Williams 
  • To really trust in uncertainty is one of the most difficult things to do. – Julie Williams 
  • One of the fundamental premises under family constellation work is to release the entanglement to suffering. It’s about reincluding everybody, not cutting the ties. – Julie Williams 
  • We are a matrix of bodies—physical, emotional, energetic, ancestral, and spiritual bodies. I realized that promoting lasting change needs work on all these bodies. – Julie Williams 

Guest Bio 

Julie Williams is a healer and scientist who “combines her love of science with extensive training in sacred and holistic healing arts for a powerful combination with a heart-based approach.” From California to Ireland, Julie moved from her training and career in Molecular Biology and biotechnology and clinical research to realizing her true calling as a healer in 2003. She brings her science background to ground her practice called Consciousness Medicine and certifications in complementary healing therapies such as NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Hellinger Family Constellation Work, Shamanism, Non-Dual Tantra Yoga, Neuro-Muscular Massage, Chakra Healing, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Reiki. 

 

Jon Thorisson – Healing the Mind through Recreational Substances

In today’s episode, Alexandra and her guest, Jon Thorisson, take us on a critical conversation on two topics that many people evade or find uncomfortable: death and recreational drugs. Jon, who tried ayahuasca out of curiosity to later find out that he will have to confront the possibility of dying at an unexpected time, is giving this often perceived as a ‘dark’ topic’ a shed of the bright light of life, hope, and happy living. 

Alexandra met and became friends with Jon when he moved to Berlin from Iceland in search of reinventing himself and how to move on with his life after finding out he has lung cancer. He was 60+ and does not have good prospects of recovery during the time of his diagnosis. His tumor was removed and was introduced to psychedelics for his recovery. This led him to a healing path less taken. 

Jon’s willingness to go through healing the mind through substances was mind-blowing for Alexandra. And Jon, who openly speaks about it, takes that sharing about his healing journey as an opportunity to help people in similar situations. 

Recreational substances open people to new experiences and things. This is where the therapeutic benefit of healing through substances comes in—it massages us through revisiting old trauma and memories and looking at it from a different perspective. It rids people of the baggage that impedes the healing of both the body and mind. 

But before his diagnosis, Jon has tried ayahuasca out of curiosity. Introducing him to the experience and idea that demystifies death, he felt this made him ready and more accepting of the possibilities when the news of big C came. It opened a new world for him. He was calm because ayahuasca has taken away his fear of dying. 

Things like this happen and we try to give it meaning. To these two friends, the more important question lies in finding the excuse for not giving up and the springboard for a new determination. Yes, of course, we know we’re all dying. But we do come in egotistical intent when we want to die. So when we are faced with the scenario of dying younger than we intend to, then that’s when it scares us. 

Lessons from Jon’s extraordinary healing journey are extraordinary gems, too, because it confronts death by approaching life. It’s important not to feel that we are just victims of our circumstances. Letting go of the baggage, as well as possessions, are immensely freeing. And so we must go for the experience. 

Just stay open. Be curious. Embrace life. 

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Podcast Highlights 

  • It was this fortunate discovery—that dying is not the worst thing—that made me accept and ready for the possibilities of having cancer. I had the presence of mind to make my own decisions about how I want this to evolve. – Jon Thorisson 
  • People think that death is something that can be totally avoided. With the pandemic, we’ve become so risk-averse. When you’re not afraid of dying, it doesn’t mean you want to die, but it makes you more relaxed in your approach to life. – Jon Thorisson 
  • People who came up with healing methods came out of situations like Jon’s. People make choices and embrace death, and in embracing and accepting it, is where the healing journey actually starts. In moments when we feel helpless, we want to get help. But sometimes, that help is like somebody else taking over our mind and guiding us to something, while the crucial part really is our own mental aspect in it. – Alexandra Kreis 
  • When you’re not controlled by fear, you’ll see the opportunities. You approach life with an open heart and a positive mind. And that influences whatever situation you enter. – Jon Thorisson 
  • At the root of healing is letting go of old ways, of old tricks, and becoming more connected to our nature. – Alexandra Kreis 

 

Adair Finucane – Breaking Free from Trauma

This week’s podcast brings us another enlightening conversation about trauma and healing. Thanks to our guest, Adair Finucane, who allowed us to hear her most vulnerable and most decisive.

Diagnosed with Celiac disease at three years old, Adair’s journey was about discovering her trauma through her trauma research and nontraditional social work. She started with her theory that the immunological celiac condition she had has something to do with her emotional balance. She could not eat a lot of food; her siblings and other kids could otherwise do. Growing up with supportive parents and the environment indeed helped her, but her parents didn’t know what to do; they didn’t have the right tools to heal her fully.

She was rageful at 6. And that rage turned into anxiety and depression over time. She had this tumultuous inner world with a lot of pain behind her seemingly ordinary social world. She was capable of joy; she was socially and academically on-point, but she was so sensitive to pain.

Adair became a trauma expert when she was on a journey of calibrate her emotions and life. She was 22 years old when she met a psychotherapist with expertise in dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness practice who gave her the crowbar to smash all the boxes that enclosed her. From there, she fell in love with social work and providing service.

But her continuing search for healing brought Adair to different spaces. She studied with amazing mentors and discovered Kundalini yoga. She got trained on eye movement desensitization retraining (EMDR) and other trauma healing techniques. That’s when she realized she was not intended to go on a traditional social work path. Adair decided and since then has been helping healers to be able to continue helping others. Taking care of the self is part of the dharma, and Adair is sharing this now with her yoga health coaching.

Alex gracefully draws out from Adair’s own experience that at the root of all classical traditions of awakening or trying to reconnect with yourself, the journey to being awakened is never a straight path. It takes a lot of tools and not just one process.

So from these two wonderful ladies, this podcast profoundly reminds us that we have to go too far and too disciplined and undisciplined. Somewhere in between, they assure, we get to be alive and hopefully happy. Embrace and love life.

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Road to self Care

Podcast Highlights

  • It was really grounding to be in a space where what I’m dealing with was not unusual. Dialectical behavioral therapy had me learn coping skills which let me track my progress. The shift was extreme. It got me more into my yoga and meditation. It also led me to love social work and the activism world. – Adair Finucane
  • I started learning coping skills and I realized nobody ever taught me how to breathe. It’s very simple stuff. Western culture is very sick for not having it a part of how children are raised.  – Adair Finucane
  • It’s funny that some of the most uncomfortable experiences in our lives can bring such huge joy and clarity. One of these brought me to Kundalini yoga practice, like my second crowbar, which helped my energy explode. It made me realize that I could control my energy, turn it to joy and power.  – Adair Finucane
  • We often see experts with an annotation to their name. But I think experts are also those who really lived life and who walk the talk. – Alexandra Kreis
  • I wouldn’t be drawn to the teachers I’ve trusted and been with if I didn’t know my heart, soul, and gut that I’m supposed to be with them. But they’re not gonna be there forever. I have to be my own teacher. Stick with your gut. Stay close to your friends who know you. Always be willing to stop a practice; never think you have to do a practice in order to be on the path. Because it will just be attachment and it will confuse you. – Adair Finucane

 

Guest BIO:

Adair Finucane - Breaking Free from TraumaAdair is from Rochester, New York, living with her big love James. She started out as a social worker who’s now in the Ayurveda health and wellness practice to help people heal and turn life into a passionate and fulfilled one. She grew up with the Celiac disease and finding full healing on her own. She was a social worker, worked around labor, environmental justice, among many others. She’s now helping healers, coaches, teachers to take care of their own trauma and self with her own yoga health coaching With Adair.

 

Aisha Harley: Coming Home To Yourself After Severe Trauma

Welcome to Outer Travel, Inner Journey Podcast. In this episode, we speak with former photographer and doTERRA essential oils presidential diamond leader Aisha Harley–who shares her inspiring healing journey from Lyme disease.

Aisha, currently living happily with her husband Larry and her band of parrots, chickens, ducklings, and dogs in Portland, Oregon, shares here the darkest roads she had traveled and how facing her own anxieties got her to the bright happy place she is in right now. Struggling from Lyme disease, which she didn’t know she had at once, and the massive drop she felt in her body with the onslaught of stress, and pain from toxic relationships brought her to realize that healing has to start with yourself. And that we are all capable of it.

In her healing quest, she found love and the wonders of therapeutic essential oils which led her back to reconnecting to nature and to herself. As magical as this sounds, to her, that moment was like a seed she planted from which everything started to flourish.

Before the magic unraveled there were moments of scariness that dealing with a serious disease can uproot. But her story of collaboration with her physician and actually taking ownership of her healing is truly inspirational.  Ayurveda has been teaching us, listening to a deeper level with what the body is telling us is a crucial aspect of healing on all levels. Only when we combine all parts of us, we will be able to come home and heal. We have to be ready to process on so many levels and be our own advocates.

Her message for the listeners is simple: We can keep living and behaving in the same way as before we fell apart or we can choose to start taking baby steps and do things differently. There are endless possibilities that can actually be done to recreate ourselves when we’re in that moment of surrender. It will be uncomfortable, yes, but it’s worth it.

I’m so excited to share this with you!

 

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Free Meditation Challenge

Podcast Highlights

  • The two biggest blessings in my life that helped me in my awakening process are: (1) my husband Larry and (2) essential oils. Larry was an amazing reminder to me that I needed to take my power back. He held a safe, loving space for me to be healed– something I have never really experienced. –Aisha Harley
  • The essentials oils to me represented a reconnection to nature which essentially opened up a reconnection to myself. When essential oils started working in my body and healing me, there was a gentle reminder and a nudge of returning to who I really am, to my essence, and to awakening into truth. –Aisha Harley
  • There are different ways for different people to discover how to let go and keep falling back into the backseats of nature and finally letting go of the concepts. When we start trusting the universal peace or love, start surrendering, we find the right way and the moment to come along. –Alexandra Kreis
  • I thought my peace existed outside myself, in some other person or relationship to distract myself. As much as I resisted it, everything got stripped away and there I was standing alone, with nobody but by myself. But in that process, I realized that the anxiety wasn’t driven by anybody else and it wasn’t gonna be taken away by anybody else but it was me finding that happiness, peace, and contentment within myself. My happiness needs to be with and without and that I need to stop thinking. –Aisha Harley
  • Ironically, we’re born into love yet we develop masks and shields until we feel like we’re flawed and we don’t have compassion for ourselves. But as human beings, we just want to be heard, seen, cared for, and loved. –Aisha Harley
  • Take ownership without being demeaned within systems because you know best. –Alexandra Kreis
  • We are capable of healing in mind, body, and spirit– the whole being. But change comes in time. Be patient with and love yourself. –Aisha Harley

 

Guest Bio

Aisha HarleyAisha Harley is a former photographer, now Presidential Diamond Leader at doTERRA Essential Oils. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Larry, two parrots, 6 hens who just hatched 7 chicks, and two dogs. She lived for almost 20 years with an undiagnosed disease, which caused her to question her mental health and capability to show up in the world. She’s the founder of The Essential Wellness Community– a vibrant and flourishing global community of oil users and educators. She writes and gives advice to anyone struggling with health challenges or are interested in starting an essential oil business through her blog.

 

Jody O’Neill – Experiences with Autism

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Today I sat down with Jody O’Neill a writer/actor that found late in her life that she is affected by autism. How she put the dots together and then created a successful play to talk about autism to a (non) autistic audience in Ireland.

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selfcare is bullshit

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px”][vc_column_text]How often do you see people treating themselves to a massage or a pedicure all in the name of selfcare.. Of course, self-care can mean different things to different people, but somehow over time, it has become a simple beauty treatment, rather than something that can refuel and revitalize you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px”][vc_column_text]I used to describe my non-yogic work as being a “self-love and care coach,” but now I can barely stand how the term has evolved. Self-care is not about expecting yoga sessions, massages or goji berries to correct the injustices of our economic system, sexism, racism, all of the other -isms. And it’s certainly not about pedicures. It shouldn’t be a momentary escape from your life so that you can get back to making a soul-sucking situation slightly more tolerable. It also shouldn’t be seen as selfish or self-indulgent or even optional; it’s essential, to you and your wellbeing, if you’re going to get anything done in this world in a sustainable way.​

One thing we can all agree on is that we all have busy lives

– rushing from home to school drop-offs to work, meetings, study, dinners and so on.. And so when we finally find a moment in our week that is free to do as we please, it is essential to be more mindful about how we choose to spend this time.

Ayurvedic Cleanse - # selfcare is bullshit

We’ve believed the myth of self-care for too long. True self-care is embodying self-respect. This means you have to get to know yourself to speak your truth and begin living your values. It’s taking care of yourself in the same way that you’d want someone you love to care for themselves. Now this will require some extra time to thoughtfully decide on which kinds of practices will lead to resilience, strength and joy in your life. 

At the end of a long week at work,

you might be looking forward to the weekend, when you finally have a day off to watch a movie, go to the hair salon or indulge in a fancy dinner. However, embodying self-respect might mean choosing not to fall into these selfcare patterns and instead spend more time in nature, meditating, going to a yoga class, hanging out with your bestie, your kids or your partner, or even just alone.​

We are all different and self-care is different to everyone, so first of all we should get to know ourselves to discover how we should be spending our time and what is essential to take care of ourselves. For some of you, this might mean focusing on body-care – adjusting your diet, ditching the sugar and eating more plant-based foods. It might mean creating a rock-solid morning routine that gets you confident and ready each day to do your best work. For others, it might mean focusing on your mental-care – quitting an old belief or pattern that doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore. It could be as simple as resting when you’re tired or changing your mindset that rest is not something you have to earn.​

For me, I discovered that self-care is about striving less and appreciating more. Honouring my ‘being’ as much as my ‘doing’. And while I’ve found this hard (because so much of my identity is wrapped up in accomplishing things), I’ve felt an undeniable rightness about it that reverberates within me. And the best part of all is that the benefits of my selfcare go beyond me. I’m more present for my husband, my daughter, my dogs, and of course my clients and community – a sentiment I hear back all the time. We have more to give when we’re living from a place of deep alignment.

​So what’s one step you could take right now in the direction of embodying self-respect, for real?​

Creating Space is a program that works as an incubator for personal growth, starting with some core habits that yogis, sages and contemporary researchers agree are key for health, happiness and resilience. If you don’t know what truly mean selfcare for yourself, then our community can help you to discover this.

The next round starts in February, so now’s the time to get on it.

Go on, treat yourself!

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