Author: Mary Westley
Some people have been asking about the conference and my panchakarma experience. Both were amazing and it is my intention to share more about them soon.
The conference went to the heart of what Ayurveda really is and its future direction…and not everyone agrees on what that should be. In India Ayurveda education is looking more and more like a western medical degree, when in essence Ayurveda isn’t actually a medicine, it is the science of living. The deep conscious awareness that underpins Ayurveda is being replacing with double blind controlled experiments. An interesting time.
Even though I tried not to have expectations the panchakarma was different to what I expected. A lot of people have commented on how well I looked afterwards. Like everything you get out what you put in so I took the opportunity seriously and spent 4 weeks doing what would drive most people crazy…nothing.
I spent 4 weeks in a room with myself, the curtains were drawn and I didn’t even go out on the balcony. I saw my doctor and therapists each day and only left my room for a daily treatment. I didn’t use my glasses for 2 weeks so I didn’t even read. Food was very simple – rice porridge and steamed vegetables every meal.
What did I do you ask? Well a lot of stuff comes up and I had quite a few interesting conversations with my mind about its behaviour. It is now working under the supervision of the heart because it can’t be trusted to go out by itself.
More next time.
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