I think a lot about how it is possible that those of us in the Western World know so little about the ancient Ayurvedic and Yogic teachings from thousands of years ago. It is baffling to me, because I now am finding so many of the teachings from ancient scriptures and sciences fascinating and compelling.
And believe me, I'm someone who has always found history boring.
What an oxymoron that ancient teachings are brand new, enlightening and energizing to me!
And not just ancient yogic teachings with roots in Hindu philosophy, but ancient Christian teachings and Buddhist teachings and Jewish teachings and the list goes on. The similarities of the various religions and practices are much more evident in the ancient teachings. Even yoga in a traditional sense is completely new to me, only beginning to be understood and uncovered in the last couple of years of my life.
Equally surprising is that the ancient Ayurvedic-Yogic principles and remedies - work!
I've practiced yoga asanas for more than 10 years now, on and off and to varying degrees. And I consider myself a well educated person, with a keen mind and intense curiosity about life. Yet I had no idea that so much of the information I'm learning existed for thousands of years and is highly applicable to life today.
The divide of information and lack of understanding of different cultures is what divides us. Appreciating the unity in diversity seems so sensible to me. I'm glad that this Ashram lives the principle of Unity in Diversity.
This week, we had a number of interesting speakers for the Easter Symposium on Yoga and Sacred Healing, and on Easter we will have an Easter Sunrise Service.
Two of my favorite presenters this week were Richard Moss and KP Khalsa. I mentioned Richard Moss last week, as he did a two day program before joining the Easter Symposium.
Richard is a man that is thoughtful, peaceful, aware and very powerful in his rather gentle quiet nature. His talks had us spellbound, not from platitudes or in a 'sage on the stage' way. Rather, his open and genuine sharing could be felt by everyone, and his words flowed out simple and wise.
His calming and pleasant energy could be felt, much like a breeze as it fills a room.
KP Khalsa, my guide for the Ayurveda study, and internationally known herbalist, was a treat for me to see. We meet regularly via Skype, but I had not seen KP in person since last year's Ayurveda Conference at the Ashram - and then we didn't know each other at all. I was an audience member, and he was a presenter.
It was wonderful to again listen to KP present to the entire Ashram population, sharing the wisdom of the ancients as he learned them - from his guru (teacher). KP Khalsa personally trained with Ayurvedic master Yogi Bhajan for 32 years.
I've discovered here, that those who have a close connection to a guru, teach in a very unique way. The teachings are rarely, if ever about them, but rather the teachings are shared through them.
KP's knowledge is vast and extremely impressive, but he does not come across as self important or arrogant, and is an approachable human being. He has selflessly shared the knowledge he learned from his guru with me, by prescribing herbal medicines to rebuild my body to a healthy and more balanced state.
I was a total stranger to him. Yet he believed that what I was proposing for the year long study could make a positive difference for me and for many in our world.
His guidance and support in my living an Ayurvedic-Yogic lifestyle has transformed me in many ways.
Each of us radiate energy through our level of vibration. And I continue to work on increasing my level of vibration.Thinking of this vibration, not as nervous and fast and agitated, but rather like a car wheel that turns so fast, it appears to not be moving - transmitting stability through its motion in perfect balance.
I'm still wobbly at times, but I'm balancing more and more each day:)
Sending You Love from the Bahamas.
Thank you for taking this journey with me!
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