Ayurveda & Healing Stories: Gage Roman, Part 4

 

“Who even said that health conscious foods need to be dull? We have an abundance of herbs and spices at our fingertips, ready to transform the tasteless into a sensory euphoria.”

I think the biggest misconception about healthy living is that we almost feel obligated to give up flavorful foods and adapt to this bland lifestyle. Going back a year ago, I would have endorsed that statement up completely. I remember when I started a fitness journey, I gave up a lot of the food I loved and tried to adhere to strict regimens where flavor was dead and excitement about eating turned into aggravation to complete a now frequent chore. After a while, I noticed how I kept slipping further away, reverting back to old habits. But who even said that health conscious foods need to be dull? We have an abundance of herbs and spices at our fingertips, ready to transform the tasteless into a sensory euphoria. Think of the food as a blank canvas now. Youíre about to create art at least three times a day. And the best part about that, is that youíre creating it based upon you, how youíre feeling, and what you need. It wonít ever be the same, and if it seems the same, itíll affect you differently each time creating a new experience.

“After twenty some odd years of living, I think itís time to start LIVING and diving deeper into this human experience.”

The thing Iíve cherished the most through my learnings of Ayurveda is that our soul is encased by this intelligent vessel. That the body is aware of what it needs and communicates that to us. Itís up to us to listen and act accordingly. We need to be knowledgeable about how to administer the appropriate actions and be ready to allow the body to perform to its full potential. But I canít say what is good for me, will be good for you. And your friend canít say what is good for them, will benefit me as well. Every person is different, every body has different needs, and Ayurveda makes it possible for us to doctor ourselves. Due to the fact that it is so individualized, WE, as the individual, have to do the research and decipher our bodily requirements. Sometimes the symptoms are blatantly obvious, but other times itís ever so subtle. Our bodies communicate through these symptoms, feelings, and emotions. We just have to be more mindful of that and more familiar with what helps keep the body and the mind in its healthiest form.

“After twenty some odd years of living, I think itís time to start LIVING and diving deeper into this human experience.”

If youíre anything like me, the slightest pain, twinge, or minor sense of uncomfortableness sends you flying off the deep end, scrolling through pages and pages of ďoh no, this is it, but itís also this…and thatĒ, coming up with the most outlandish situations. So now, I stray away from the internet when it comes to my symptoms. You want to know why? Because all itís done for me was intensify everything I felt and gave me no solution to my supposed problem. And yet, Iím still here, writing this post about how in my head I am, being completely aware that Iím definitely overreacting, but also telling everyone to not overreact and get off the internet because it will almost every time make you more neurotic about something that isnít really occurring. But now I know that I can help myself through a number of different things such as exercise, creating some routines, and food. Food is medicine and the earth has provided me with everything I need to nourish my body and to optimize this divine healing vessel Iíve been living in. After twenty some odd years of living, I think itís time to start LIVING and diving deeper into this human experience.

“I imagine the grass, flowers, herbs, and vines sprouting from underneath me, completely wrapping around me binding me to the earth. In those moments, any aches or pains, thoughts and worries that arenít serving me, kind of melt away and its silent, and its beautiful.”

My father used to run his own landscaping business. We called it ďDown to Earth LandscapingĒ. For some reason, that name has always brought comfort to me. The business has been long gone, and Iíve thought about going to school and starting it up again, but then I talk myself out of it because an internal war wages between my mind and my heart for the reason that neither of them know what they want. But I guess thatís where I get my love for the earth, from my father. No one in my family does anything outdoorsy anymore, theyíre all just too focused on work and making a living, but Iím definitely different. I think about this business, down to earth landscaping, and then I evaluate myself. Iím in my head too much, I have heightened anxiety often, and I feel that Iím lacking a sense of belonging. But down to earth, I need to ground myself down, grab a hold of my mind and my heart, tell them to get it together because the time is now, and I have to start making some life decisions! Iíve been acclimating myself more and more with nature. I started hiking, kayaking, gardening, even just laying in the grass and being more aware of the energetics bleeding out from the ground, into me. Then a sense of calmness takes over me and I suddenly feel like I belong to something. Sometimes I lay there and softly close my eyes. I imagine the grass, flowers, herbs, and vines sprouting from underneath me, completely wrapping around me binding me to the earth. In those moments, any aches or pains, thoughts and worries that arenít serving me, kind of melt away and its silent, and its beautiful.

“Eating correctly can be rather exciting, itís now something that I look forward to. Once you start to explore the realm of herbs and spices, you start to have a more profound look on what youíre eating.”

I needed to find a way to start bringing nature and herbology into my everyday life. What better way to do that then with my new ayurvedic outlook on nutrition and health. Eating correctly can be rather exciting, itís now something that I look forward to. Once you start to explore the realm of herbs and spices, you start to have a more profound look on what youíre eating and the energetics of it according to how it makes you feel. It can be rather daunting at first, since the wide array of herbs and spices seem to be endless. But regardless, this is still an exciting time. A time to explore, a time to learn, and a time to familiarize yourself with the earth and how it impacts you as a person. Now, I havenít started much gardening, just a few small flowers and plants, but its given me an opportunity to start the develop a sort of green thumb. Keeping in mind my natural constitution of Pitta, I decided the best kind of herb garden to start with would be herbs with the natural ability to extinguish this crazy pitta heat inside me.

“Itís this beautiful connection between the body and the earth. When you can pin point symptoms and use food to aid that, you start to see food as medicine, and thatís exactly what it is, Natural Medicine.”

But the vata is higher than ever with this season. Since Iím more aware of imbalanced vata symptoms, I feel like the season has hit me harder than ever, or maybe it hasnít, maybe Iím just more conscious of how vata manifests within my body. Regardless, Iíve noticed excessive dry skin, feeling cold more often (which, as a pitta, NEVER happens to me), irregular digestion, and very scatterbrained throughout my days. Along with cooling herbs that Iíve been eating to keep the internal flames at bay, Iíve also been eating more cinnamon, ginger, and garlic for itís heating qualities. Ever since Iíve been given the knowledge, Iíve been able to feel the qualities of food and herbs as I eat and digest them. Itís this beautiful connection between the body and the earth. When you can pin point symptoms and use food to aid that, you start to see food as medicine, and thatís exactly what it is, Natural Medicine.

“If we take care of the earth, then we will be taken care of as well.”

I feel that people arenít as connected to this earth as much as we should be. If we take care of the earth, then we will be taken care of as well. Donít drop everything in your life, quit your job, throw away all your possessions, start gardening and living in the wilderness just because Iím saying that there is a lack of an earthly bond. But I am, however, trying to show people that once, I was a skeptic. I gravitated towards nature here and there, but I never felt the connection that I have now. I started to hike and immerse myself within the environment, away from city streets and the materialistic possessions I owned and Iíve noticed a world of difference. A difference in my thoughts, the way I felt, and my outlook on life. So for now, Iíll be tending to my small indoor garden and keeping the always fluctuating levels of vata and pitta balanced with earths natural remedies.

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