Rest is Required

Summer is typically a time of expansion, movement, and vacation. Of course, this year is anything but typical.  On top of the usual summer provocations, we are surrounded by a global pandemic, widespread economic insecurity, massive protests against racial and economic inequality, and a lurking apprehension about possible threats to our civil freedoms.  This is … Continue reading Rest is Required

Eye-Opening Teachings on the Causes (and Solutions) of Epidemics

Today, the descriptions of epidemics recorded in the ancient medical texts of Ayurveda sound like prophecy. For example, the Charaka Saṃhitā itemizes 4 primary causes of epidemics: pollution of the water, the air, and the land of a country, and disturbance to the natural seasons.  When these 4 factors are present, the text explains, then … Continue reading Eye-Opening Teachings on the Causes (and Solutions) of Epidemics

Immunity and Epidemics: Ideas to Stay Healthy

In this time of global health focus and the helplessness many feel regarding the coronavirus, I've found some reflection on Ayurveda's view of immunity to be helpful. While I also find it useful to study what is currently known about this new, or newly prolific, coronavirus, I've appreciated considering an ancient perspective on the larger … Continue reading Immunity and Epidemics: Ideas to Stay Healthy

The Powerful Promise of Spring Cleaning

In Spring, the body naturally prepares to shake off the weight of hibernation, readying itself to lighten the load both physically and mentally.  Compared to dry autumn, in spring nature starts getting wet and “mud-luscious,” to use e.e. cummings’s evocative phrase - yet simultaneously the first flowers miraculously rise up out of that heavy mud. … Continue reading The Powerful Promise of Spring Cleaning