I had a good idea last week... these come often to me at 4:00 am, and I wake up, make a short note in my phone, and then come back to them when I have time. It's great to use dreamtime for this practice, because it's a time of day when our minds are most creative. So instead of being bothered by the creative bursts in the middle of the night, say thank you, brain-dump them onto a notepad or into your phone (I draft an email so I actually remember to look at them!) and then you can tell your brain to fall back asleep and come up with some more great ideas later! 💡
This week's AHA was to bring some of my enlightening conversations of the week to you directly. Every week is peppered with conversations that inspire me - whether that's in an individual coaching session with a client, a conversation with one of my peers, a session with my own coach, or a download from my High self, it always comes as an AHA to me as well.
I think these topics will come as a timely reminder or insight to you because of our global collectivity - when one of us is going through something challenging or has an inspiring idea, the rest can benefit.
So... let's begin!
This week I had two enlightening conversations I wanted to share:
One on Ayurveda and the other on grieving a pet. I will only share the highlights of these conversations, with a coaching tip... so you can see my coaching style and decide whether or not a coaching session with me is something you need right now.
Topic #1 - Ayurveda 101
I have been a student of the Ayurveda principles since 1993 when I was introduced to Macrobiotics and proper eating combinations. These practices stem from Ayurveda itself, as to most of our healthy lifestyle principles, because the practice of Ayurveda is the oldest form of medicine and healthy living coaching that is recorded in our modern history. Use your favorite search engine to discover that, and let's skip to what my friend Kelly talked about on our hike this week!
The premise of Ayurveda lies in our physical composition and is based around three primary body types or "Doshas." These doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha and what exercise, food, and mindset we desire and have can be based around the energies of these doshas! They each have their own physical composition (average), elemental energy (air, earth and fire), and healing solutions for coming back into balance. This is just the beginning of a much longer conversation as it applies to health but here's what I recommend:
1. Get your dosha tested - it's so interesting! Finding out your dosha can help you understand so much about your physical composition and needs as well as health solutions.
My favorite testing site: https://chopra.com/dosha-quiz
2. Take it bit by bit - this is a 3000+ year old practice, with diet, yoga practices, and so much more that goes to it. But if this interests you, and if you're someone who likes to learn about health, this is a great practice to adopt. Here's my favorite book that I've had on the subject since 1994 and is updated regularly. Ayurveda: A Life of Balance: the Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition and Body Types with Recipes by Maya Tiwari
3. Compare it to your astrology - if you're into that (as I know many of my followers are!) and you will see some very interesting similarities! For instance, in my astrology chart, I have 5 planets in fire and my dosha composition is mostly Pitta (fire). This can mean I don't tolerate spicy foods well because my composition is already fiery... and so many other interesting things.
Topic #2 - Grieving Your Pet
This week I spoke to a friend who's dog was older, but not old enough to pass in her eyes, and he was hit by a car. We talked about how she felt like she knew he was going to leave; he had a look, she had a feeling. And then sure enough, that afternoon, he was gone. We talked about how perhaps this was because he didn't want her to go through the often-hard ending that our pets endure in the end (cancer, for instance), and how sometimes it's just easier to say goodbye quickly, than to say it slowly. This friend will never know for sure, but it's so much better to trust the process, and to trust her dog had a purpose - and a singular mission of love, and that it's OK.
It's also ok to grieve a pet for however long you need to. Sometimes we'll hear loved ones say "it's just a cat/dog," but we know, we had a stronger connection than that. And grief is a many-stage process. So honor that. I lost my dear cat at 17 years old, after watching him fade through 3 months of cancer, in the fall of 2019. It was hard to get over not having him there every day, not seeing him and loving him daily, and even though we still had another cat, I didn't have the same connection with her. Rider was soul family, and sometimes we just know that and there's no explaining it. So giving yourself time to grieve is extremely important, and whenever you're ready to get another pet to fill the void, you'll know when that timing is right. Trust that, too.
I look forward to continuing to bring you bits of the conversations I'm having each week, in hopes to help guide you, clarify topics, or open your awareness to new concepts!