Monthly Archives: December 2017

How & why do you escape your life?

‘True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from’

This came up on my facebook feed recently and it grabbed me straight away, particularly the part about needing to escape. Two things came to mind. Firstly, the difference between having or doing something because it is enjoyable versus needing something to feel OK or better, i.e. to escape. The second, is the point at which doing something for enjoyment transitions into pain relief i.e. escaping.

A long time ago I used to use alcohol to escape but it didn’t start that way. Social events always included a few drinks, and getting a bit tipsy…or a lot…was just part of the fun. At some point though having a drink became something more than just about having fun. It was a gradual process. Working full-time with a family meant that life was very full and very busy. Having a drink or 2 after work became the norm, it helped me to switch off, wind down, let go. As the kids got older and my jobs gotbigger, my stress levels went up, so did my need to escape, and so did the number of drinks.

Having a drink started as something I enjoyed and at some point, on the journey it became something I needed. Another example might be the enjoyment of those first few cups of coffee to a point where you can’t face the day without one and if you do it’s with a blinding headache.

The first step in any Ayurvedic treatment is to identify and remove the cause. If we feel the need to escape, the question to ask is not, “what should I do or take to support this escape”…but “what in my life am I trying to escape from”. If I need something to feel ‘better’, what is it about me that feels ‘less than’ better? If I need something to ‘let go’, what am I holding onto? If I need something to ‘wind down’, what is causing me to feel wound up?

The message…by all means have a wine, a coffee or a piece of chocolate cake but notice if it shifts from being some you enjoy to something you ‘need’ to get through the day, the night or the week. That’s when it changes from being something you enjoy to pain relief.

Step 1 – Take the time to pause and reflect on whatever it is about the day and your reactions that create the need to escape.

Step 2 – Remove the cause and replace it with something that keeps you firmly grounded in a life you love to lead.

2WiseWomen retreats are intended to help you do just that.

The Science of Yoga & Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda: Fantastic practices but are they really sciences?

The definition of science according to Sciencemadesimple is:

“…. a system of acquiring knowledge. This system uses observation and experimentation to describe and explain natural phenomena.

The term science also refers to the organized body of knowledge people have gained using that system.

Less formally, the word science often describes any systematic field of study or the knowledge gained from it.”

The systems of Yoga and Ayurveda arose from observations of the natural environment. These observations were tested and refined through repeated experimentation using case-studies and repeated over hundreds of years. Now that’s what I call a longitudinal design! These systems are truly holistic in that the individual is acknowledged as multidimensional having physical, mental, energetic and spiritual dimensions.

There’s nothing new about Yoga and Ayurveda. It’s straight-up, good old-fashioned (and I mean really old– fashioned) science, and to this day the experimentation and refinement continue. This is one of the reasons why your yoga teacher bangs on about awareness and to observe what’s going on for you. It’s plain old scientific inquiry – observe, test, refine, re-test.

The name 2wisewomen refers and pays homage to these sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda and the many practitioners/experimenters who have contributed to these vast bodies of knowledge. These sciences compliment and inform the other and together they give us models and tools for understanding the natural world, our place in it and how to flow in tune with nature’s rhythms. (Ayurveda actually translates as, ‘the science of life’.)

2wisewomen invites you to undertake your own experiment as both the experimenter and  subject. Immerse yourself in the controlled environment of Narasoma for one week and see what you observe. Use your findings to inform how you choose to live from here on.

You can expect from a 2wisewomen retreat exactly what Yoga and Ayurveda offers any sincere seeker – Knowledge and Empowerment.

Over to you.

http://www.2wisewomen.com.au/events/