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How Improv classes can help you succeed in your health goals

They say writing is practise. Just write. I'd like to add a common denominator that I've personally seen in writing, working with clients, improv classes and from the mouths of subtle teachers with their self awareness tips. The genius is in the gaps between attempts at things.

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The power of Pink and using your environment to heal

Sometimes you notice colours. Sometimes people have such a strong impact on you, you get your laptop out whilst in transit at the airport and feel the maddening need to write something about it.

A young girl of about 10 with a pink jacket, pink hairband with a bright pink flower in it, and a pink tshirt that read “Be Happy every Day” just walked past me and gave me the biggest smile and the smallest wave. And she brightened my day.

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The friendly darkness

It has been an interesting week, one of stillness and a sinking, heavy feeling of the year moving through me. I have body aches, headaches, a sluggish digestive system and I'm breaking out. I can't sleep at night because I'm having such strange experiences, both in dream and half slumber. I look terrible. I feel terrible. And the fog before my mind is thick and unrelenting. I'm thankful for the practise's I've done beforehand to be able to detach. I know better than to try and shift it. I'm observing from afar and keeping still. It would be perfect to do a cleanse right now but I'm not in my space.

The relationship between you and the earth

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is an inspirational book on many levels. It considers the art of creativity as the entry point to understanding a benevolent relationship with the divine. It considers that deep within our psyche there is the possibility of symbiosis, serendipity, the unexplained, a sense of being guided along as a co-creator, but mostly an opportunity for each of us to take the hero's journey to the centre of our hearts where the golden egg or pranic ambrosia resides.

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The exhaustive depleting state of obligation

Everyone is exhausted. All the time. How are you? Busy. (Well ok, that ends that chit chat). If I was a cartoonist I would draw the "fullness" of everyone in every walk of life, with little angels flying above trying to find who they can drop "opportunity" on before the expiry date.

I'm going to say this  - I think we have discovered life outside of the planet earth because we're too busy to take on any more evolution.

So what's at the core of this phenomenon? I've mused on this idea of obligation as a culprit.

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The possibility of Trump-ism in your quest for Dharma

USA I desperately want to make you happy. 

There is a brilliant cartoonist that lives around my way called Michael Leunig. Someone in my small odd town told me he suffered from depression. Interesting comment to make. I don't actually know if this is true. And it's not important and it is.

He has this way. A way of "dark crystallising everything" (yes one of my favourite of all times), meaning he doesn't opt for good over evil, he puts them both in the same pot and, as Dr Lad says when he talks about bad food combinations, they learn to get along.

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Write your own notes on Ayurveda

The truth and the select few that interpret the truth. It has been the stalwart of society that we have few that are privy to knowledge and the rest that get it piecemeal. Think of the way businesses ran back before the advent of the internet and the smart techy people that allowed us to be our own people of enterprise. 

We may be more polluted than ever, but in a way we are more free.

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The Ojas of Yes

The book called The Dice Man by George Cockcroft, is a story of a psychiatrist who starts making decisions in his life via the casting of dice. It's very intense but shows up the play of will vs surrender and reminds us that we are just a big bunch of daily decisions. There is no simpler game than the game of Yes vs No. It can be life changing in many aspects of our lives. How do you know whether you make the right decisions for yourself?

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Pitta likes it pretty

Pitta you visionary, you truth seeker, you penetrating gaze. Of all the doshas, Pitta is the one that "eats" via the eyes. I mean, they will seek things that are visually appealing, things that are sweet on the mind if in balance, and intense and feisty if out of balance. 

How my dogs obedience school pacified my Vata dosha

Let me give you the background. I chose my Bella from the rescue because she looked independent and fiesty. She was 7 too so I figured that she might have got the ants in her fur out of her system and would sit calmly by my side.

Wrong.

How my dogs obedience school pacified my Vata dosha

Choosing your teachers in Ayurveda

Dr Svoboda's blog had an entry on how to find your guru. The internet is saturated these days with people that are afraid to make a bad decision (whatever that actually means) vs those that are more than happy telling others how they should think.  It's a perfect match, and I would never dream of suggesting this marriage break apart. We are all where we need to be, as they say.

But it made me start thinking about my own teachers. Some have come into my life for a short period and others have stuck around longer, but each added to the creation I am today. And in each evolution, as I inch closer to death, I have been fortunate to encounter teachers that have guided me in my strengths, and shown me that my inner voice was right....all along.

Personalizing your vedic astrology reading

I was told I had a planetary war going on between Saturn and Mars in my 6th house, of which Venus was also occupying in her own house. In all, quite the busy party going on, with everyone talking on top of each other vying for attention. And with my Jupiter being in first position it was always 'guys, guys, can we talk about this? can we get along?' but just not loud enough for the others to hear. 

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The difference between holistic and disease focused medicine

I had an astrology reading recently. It was a good reading. What does good mean? For me personally, it means that I was explained the cause of tension, symbolically, and where I should pay attention to ease that tension in my current life. She saw where I was holding on and where I should let go. But mostly she saw who I am and who I can become. And we focused on that aspect; how to logically move through the tension parts to open up the magic part. She encouraged my Prakruti and it was the focus point of the session. And it was such a wonderful relief for a reader to "see me" and not the drama that engages life.

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Do you need the yoga prop?

We seemed to think that yoga as a performance art here in the West (and now the East...ahem) has a determinable offering. We assume the product in the market is fixed, that it has a link to the divine as part of its business plan. We tend to forget that it, as a product, has a growth, a sustainable period and end. It has it's own life cycle both economically and as part of service to the clients it attracts.

When I started yoga in the 90's it was all gung ho. You aimed and stretched and pushed your 80's left over spandex to its full capacity. One needed to catch up in class so we could all be One (om) together. A class that headstands together enlightens together.....we thought. 

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How well do you eat your friends?

You heard me. No typo. It has been a theme of late amongst a few folks I know, that the company we keep is becoming prime importance as part of our well being care plan.

The comparison occurred to me as I was waxing my usual self in lecture on the importance of a food spiritual practise, which involve such things as prayer, chewing, beautiful setting, resting after eating, quiet and emotionally stable. I explained that when you eat a meal well you will not crave a snack and the eating will produce strong and stable tissue, which leads to great immunity. And when you eat like this you don't need a lot of food, your system gets better and better at converting the information to energy so that there is minimal waste. Kind of the way we like our industries to perform these days, with minimal carbon footprint.

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Invigoration and the Kapha dosha

Philosophy on inertia is lost on the inert. We learn in Ayurveda that to move from inertia to a state of clarity/balance one must move it, move it. Jiggle, dance, cartwheel, skip, raise your arms in the air and say YEAH. 

Since Kapha dosha's home site is in the stomach and the Kapha dosha likes to sit at home and do nothing when it's out of balance, we must sneak into their house when they least expect it (never) and throw them a surprise party. 

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Playfulness and the Pitta dosha

Frolicsomeness, gaiety, jest, merry making, and waggishness are some synonyms for playfulness.

Pitta peeps are SO GOOD at getting it done. When spending more time with their fire than their water, their sharp pointed focus bores a hole into the object until it weeps from the heat "ouch it hurts, have it your way!" And they do, they do get what they want usually but it may be at the cost of frying themselves like crispy (vegetarian) bacon to do it.

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Integrity and the Vata dosha

Integrity means "the state of being whole and undivided" according to google.com

Integrity appears to be more in need these days than ever. So where does one buy it online and what guru can I spend time with (that has a money back guarantee) and how many months in India does it take until it finally dawns on me (will I be on a mountain top somewhere?)

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Growing more refined not older with Ayurveda

I talk about myself a lot as an example of Ayurveda, in workshops, with clients, I see myself as the most interesting experiment and I try to encourage others to do the same. I never came to Ayurveda to improve my outward expression, it really just made sense to me immediately, it was an innate truth I was hungry to find out more on.

In the meantime I seemed to heal reproductive, digestive and mental issues with Ayurveda from a simple faith to follow the daily routine and live in harmony with my capacity. That meant not only my capacity with food, sleep, relationships, work but also my spiritual capacity. Too much of the ether and talking about God and I was losing my grip

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The Ojas building factor of nostalgia

Horn! Horn! Hooooooorrrrrrn! Horn! Horn............Horn! Horn.Horn.Horn! 

In India the rickshaw horn means these things - excuse me would you please move, hey you! get outta the way! Hey, just saying I'm here? C'mon! Passangers late for train! Hey cow, hey cow, hey cow....c'mon move today..... Tourist,my friend, good price! Oh Ganesh I'm in the wrong lane....

So I got a little sick in India, as was mentioned in previous blogs, and even though it was my fourth visit here, the horn was killing me this time.

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Knock out the head cold through your gut

Every time in India. I seem to come here to purge the river ama (toxins) that have built up. You can't hide here - Mother India will pick you up by the scruff of your neck and shake you until you're clean. Some do Pancha Karma, me, apparently, well I prefer to have it beaten from me.

I have bled a very heavy menstrual river at the Vaidyagrama conference, then cleaned my bowels with a pretty violent diarrhea river at the beach, in the middle of it all a glaring eye infection, and now Niagara Falls from my nose in the form of a head cold....two days before I leave. India you're squeezing my fortitude on this one.

But I'll give you the last one, because I made a boo boo.

the Zero Philosophy man and letting life come to you

I want to write. The electricity goes out. And like every obsessed writer, I search frantically for every plug in my rented room here in Fort Cochin, India. The fan is working, why doesn't my computer charge? My phone is dying, my laptop just died. I suppose I'm hungry. I get the point...leave the house.

I leave the house and walk towards the shops for water. At a junction I hear the horn of the tuk-tuk and turn my head - oh yes, the Kashi art cafe I said I would check out later. Go that way.

Does your kid fit into the square angled box of the school system?

I met a mama recently that told me her kid was expelled from school - he was five. The nurses/teachers wanted him to be tested for ADHD as he wasn't paying attention. I met the kid and looked in his eyes and he is present and has that wonderful wicked spark of being alive; he likes to listen to Leonard Cohen for goodness sake. He was SUCH A DELIGHT to watch at play. He was such a delight to talk with. No baby talk here, he paid more attention to our conversation than I've had with some adults. They have decided to home school him instead.

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Anyone for tennis (ayurveda style)?

What's your counterattack? How are you going to position yourself when you've lost your footing or just feel too tired to play the game? What if the plan of attack fails mid way, how will you keep up with your opponent? How will you figure out a defense?

It's a really good thing to be preventative. Being preventative is a lot easier when you know yourself and your tendencies and have a framework to put them in. That's when you become the chef de cuisine..

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