Do you rub your mother’s feet?
A main struggle of yogis on the path is narcissism. The same struggle goes for vaidyas (ayurvedic practitioners).
The paths of yoga and ayurveda intrinsically invite us to greater and more subtle degrees of self-care (eat a sattvic, high prana diet, practice yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, study, inquire and contemplate … the list goes on. Add daily practices like tongue scraping and foot massage before bed and your day is just about booked, especially when juicing your kale-apple-ginger-celery zinger takes 15 minutes with clean-up time.
And how is all of our self-care showing up in the world? Are we so concerned with getting our own pristine nutrient intake that we forget to calculate the carbon footprint of the zinger?
Does our self-massage (a daily Ayurvedic self-care practice) get in the way of rubbing our own mother’s (sister’s, daughter’s, lover’s, neighbor’s) feet?
After reviewing the reviews from my Living Ayurveda Courses something grabbed my awareness. While students
reported an outstanding 100% increase in knowledge in seasonal routines and knowledge and an outstanding 100% increase in knowledge of daily routines and knowledge due to the course, students only reported a 50% increase in knowledge around improved ability to help their aging parents and nurture their children.
Well, I design my courses, so clearly the onus is on me. I’m aiming for 100% increase in knowledge around how to assist our elders and our dependents in terms of holistic wellness. And I’ll extend the family definition to our global family.
So, do You rub your mother’s feet? Please comment.
(p.s. Lord praise online survey tools.)
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