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    Apr302013

    Spring Musings

    The weather has changed delightfully, and I am reminded just how much the weather affects us.  Our moods, our bodies, our plans.  Last week was drizzly and cold and dreary and I think it matched the way a lot of us felt here in the Boston area after the events of the last few weeks.  It has been a crazy ride and I was very fortunate and grateful to be able to go out to the Berkshires last Wednesday and stay at Kripalu assisting the new class of Ayurveda there for five days.  I really needed this respite from the craziness of the city and the disheveled-ness of my own home.  We had just moved on the weekend of the marathon, and we didn't do a whole lot of unpacking that next week.

    The weather was very nice the day I left for Kripalu.  The sun shined and the birds sang.  I opened the windows and dove forth down the road to that constant of the Berkshires.  I needed someplace to feel like home and Kripalu certainly did.  I was thrown right into assisting a Snehana Cikitsa (Oil therapy) training right when I got there.  The students were giving each other bodywork with copious amounts of oil.  I find it interesting that the word for oil in Sanskrit is also one of the words for 'love' - Sneha.  Oil equates to love in Ayurveda.  Of course the basic premise of Ayurveda after you strip everything else away is just that - Love.  One of our teachers when I was in school, Dr. Claudia Welch, taught us to tap into the neuroplasticity of the mind by letting love be the first thing that we felt when we woke up in the morning.  She said to cultivate that feeling before doing anything else.  By doing that, she said, we would be able to approach the day with kindness and we would be more open and receptive to learning and being.

    Spring is a time for new beginnings and I have some things percolating that are going to be so amazing for all of us!!  I will share soon, as it is all coming together!!

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