Where it all began
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
I remember the first time I saw the word Ayurveda – I was walking into my first job as a massage therapist, there it was on the front window - treatments inspired by Ayurveda. “How do you even pronounce that!?” I thought... that was 18 years ago.
None the less, I was intrigued, I had to know more, I remember getting home and eagerly trying to find out as much as I could, I remember feeling disappointed, I remember feeling there was so much more to this than what I was able to access, information seemed limited, but I was hungry, I knew it meant something to me and I felt like I had discovered something special although I did not really understand how it would unfold in my life.
At the time, the only information I could find was about extensive Pancha Karma treatments involving very specific techniques to detoxify the body and everything was overseas! Barely anyone had heard of it, I certainly could not find any local practitioners, let alone study it. So, I had made the initial discovery, but was redirected to explore other things.
I continued with my work as a massage therapist, so grateful for my first job, It opened me up to so many new ideas - incense and oils filled the air, statues of Buddha and other deity’s on the mantles, the melodies of mantras and chants infused every treatment room. I learnt energy balancing techniques, was attuned with Reiki, used flower essences, essential oils and absolutely loved serving and nurturing others, every treatment delivered with reverence.
Through exploring these subtle aspects, I became more and more curious, I learnt about crystals, astrology, numerology, chakras, played with cards and read countless books about consciousness and subtle anatomy.
I guess like most things in life, you never really know where the journey will take you, but living wisely for me is about living in alignment with your interests and gifts, following your passions so that you can spend your days doing what you love.
Looking back, the 12 years that followed had me learning my lessons, honing my skills, meeting my husband and starting our family. But at the time I was feeling a little lost, knowing I was not ‘there’ yet but at the same time unsure what the next step was.
Then as the old saying goes, as one door closes, other opens, we must be willing and brave enough to take a step forward in the direction that feels ‘right’ not knowing where it will take us. That’s exactly what happened, almost as soon as I decided to sell my last business, within a week, a course to study Ayurveda locally landed in my lap! Just. Like. That. I had a toddler and a baby, and added full time study to the schedule.
So here I am, older, wiser and more excited than ever to share the benefits of Ayurveda, Yoga, the healing power of plants and dabble in all the ‘woo woo’ topics.
Three ideas that continue to guide me in life are;
𝟭. 𝗪𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 - remain open to all perspectives, be curious & use discernment.
𝟮. 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 - this is a journey of discovery that continues to evolve, we will never ‘arrive’.
𝟯. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗱 - practice humility, grace and circle back to point 1!
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Live Wisely, Abbie x
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