To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget, -Arundhati Roy
Namaskaram Dear Ones,
How are you rooting and blossoming into Kapha season? Kapha is the Ayurvedic dosha that alongside pitta and vata governs all of life, but we feel it most in it's season, spring. Kapha embodies the gross and subtle elements of earth and water. As the earth becomes more damp, heavy and dense, these elements predominate overshadowing air, fire, and ether. You can feel stuck, tired, sluggish in spring lacking inspiration and iccha shakti (will & determination). The science of Ayurveda suggests we clear, energize and awaken. Spring is a season to dust off the cobwebs, clean out closets, clear our minds of old habits that accumulate over time.
In the yogic tradition it is said that we have 72,000 nadis in our bodies, rivers that direct to the central channel, the Maha Nadi or greatest river, Sushumna Nadi governing the chakras and kundalini, the serpent snake of awakening. These channels get blocked by life. Adding too much to your plate, over-working, spending too much time out of the service of your dharma or simply not receiving enough rest. The Spring Equinox is a great time to reorient oneself toward goals of holistic wellbeing.
My work lies in liberation and rest. What does that mean? It means that in spring we go outside for more walks, spend more time outdoors and less time on screens even when the body is feeling the sluggishness of kapha season. It's a great time to consider our current distractions and let them go for a period of time, a renunciation practice! Many religions practice this around the spring equinox. I encourage you to consider what you could give up this spring. I've chosen all social media platforms. I said to my students last week, as a woman of color it's difficult to find promotional support for the work that I do, but I've found again and again the use of social media comes at a cost. The deeper I get into bodywork, (marma chikitsa and biodynamic craniosacral therapy), yoga and Ayurveda the less time I can spend in front of a screen. It's created a bit of despondency and dulled my creative energies. I gave it up and replaced it with more abhyangha (self massage with oils), walks outside, books, meditation, guided relaxation & nidra, music. Make a small revolution for yourself this spring. A clearing practice to energize your mind, fuel your body and feed your spirit!