Adaptation. The currency of thriving.
When in crisis we get good at prayer, offering up heartfelt communication with the divine, all pervasive force that seems bigger and greater than our physical self.
I do it. Do you?
I also strive to cultivate a dedicated, sincere practice of daily prayer or communion with the divine. Call it what you will, I am comfortable to call it spirit or God.
It makes me feel more intimate, trusting and connected in relationship to this mighty presence in daily living. Not only when the proverbial hits the fan or in a state of crisis and extreme circumstance. In essence, it connects me more solidly with myself.
As you well know, each of us are impacted energetically by what is occurring with any living being, including every aspect of nature, anywhere in our world, at any given moment in time.
“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”
~ Martin Luther King
Thank goodness for prayer!
Striving, faith, partnerships of hope that we may each and all be what we are capable of becoming.
The world has been praying and offering all kinds of generous support for Australia as we have (and still are) experienced unprecedented bush fires this summer.
There is clearly great discord in the spirit of the land and the people. What happens when we need to purify, burn off the layers of accumulation and residue that become an impediment to our real nature? When we experience a disconnect to the land, to our elemental nature and the essential impulse of love itself……
Well, just as when a child is ready for a developmental leap of growth in all aspects of the child’s being, fever will assist the process. Our land has a wild raging fever at this time. The inner fire will separate the dross from the gold. The child will never be the same. What has been is gone. What is coming is new and the child now grows and expands to meet it.
It is a process of transmutation that supports adaptation. And, what is adaptation?
Well by definition it is the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment.
That sounds very familiar indeed. Often, regularly resisted, sometimes embraced but certainly familiar. And, it ought to feel inherently familiar, because as a living being you are in constant process of change, adaptation and renewal.
Adaptation is a naturally occurring process in order to thrive and survive as a living organism. The only impediment that get’s in it’s way is YOU! (not only you, me too!). How we digest, assimilate, make meaning of, discern and integrate, all effect and determine the health of the adaptation process.
At this time on the planet, we are commanded to meet the task of adaptation. A threshold moment presents. Ayurveda gives us the capacity to not only remain grounded, adaptable and well in the face of extreme circumstances but gives the capability to recognise the discord and realign with the nature of things.
The ancient intelligence of this science of living, gifts simple, practical healing tools to care for oneself in the heat of change and adaptation. The practical tools and home remedies support the inner fire where a tension or friction exists. You do not want to put this fire completely out. The fundamental creative purpose and potential of it is to create new impulse and expanded qualities of understanding and being.
However, you do not wish it to rage like an out of control bush fire that consumes and destroys all in it’s path, either. That means pacifying and creating healthy inner warmth. An inner environment conducive to meet the outer environment and be able to thrive.
Remedies and lifestyle that support your capacity to breath are most beneficial. Your lungs are the earth component of your physical body and looking at the world presently, perhaps could use some intentional and dedicated focus.
Given that the average woman breathes some 21,600 times a day it’s kind of significant activity right?
Breath work, deliberate breathing exercises, prānāyāma.
Nettle tea (I prefer to make an infusion of nettle tea and drink it cold. This iron-rich tea is also most beneficial for women to build blood and support uterine health).
Ayushakti Astaloc herbal remedy to strengthen lung function (a gentle class of herb this is to be taken for 3 months).
Immune boosting tonics to bolster, strengthen and enliven. This imparts a robustness to one’s vitality and adaptability.
Immune building remedy (and strengthening lung formula
– 1 tsp turmeric powder
– 10 tulsi leaves or regular basil leaves.
– 1-2 whole black peppercorns.
Crush and add turmeric powder
Add 1-2 black pepper corns crushed
Mix with water and drink.
This home remedy builds immune system, lung power and respiratory function. It helps to combat the carbon in atmosphere that you ingest.
At times remedies to support trauma, shock and grief which can include:
Arnica creme or Aurum creme applied topically to the heart region.
Ayushakti Mind Power herbal remedy.
Weleda or Southern Swan Arnica drops
D6, Cardiodoron or Aurum Cardiodoron remedies.
Heat Pacifying Tea: Take 1 tsp each cumin, coriander, fennel seeds and add to 2-3 cups hot water (you can infuse in a tea pot, thermos or simmer in pot on stove).
Pour a small cup of the tea and add to it 1tsp ghee and drink first thing in morning and before bed in evening.
This tea, as given by Dr. Smita Naram of Ayushakti Ayurveda, calms the mind, reduces anxiety and pacifies pitta (calming aggravated metabolic heat).
Massage small amount of ghee into the temple region around eyes, for few minutes, daily.
Avoid or be moderate with wheat and dairy in diet, particularly if digestion is low or compromised, as these two foods have the tendency to block channels which will effect immune efficiency.