Originally published by Gary Chapman in 1995, The 5 Love Languages began as a tool for helping romantic partners discover the unique ways in which they each communicate and receive messages of love. The theory behind the book, was that each person expresses and receives love through one or more of the following five methods: words of affirmation, acts of service, gift giving, quality time, and physical touch. The purpose of this exercise is to increase awareness of both self and partner in a way that allows each to more effectively and intentionally give and receive love. Since then, there have been several more editions published for utilizing the 5 love languages in a variety of other ways, including using love languages with children and in the workplace. In this blog post, I'll explore what it might look like to utilize the love languages to communicate self love.Read More
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When it comes to exercise, the three Ayurvedic energy types have very different ideals. Take a listen to this playlist while you read over the activity suggestions below and get inspired to move your body!Read More
In addition to lifestyle habits, which I discussed in last week's blog post, Ayurvedic wisdom about diet can also be useful in informing our self care routines. Talking about food can sometimes bring up uncomfortable or painful emotions for people, so I want to make it clear that this post will not demonize or judge any type of food as "bad". Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to survive. It means sometimes overeating and sometimes not eating enough, but mostly eating an amount that feels comfortable to you. In terms of comfort, Ayurvedic wisdom tells us that, depending on your dosha, certain types of food are capable of providing more comfort than others.Read More
For the next three weeks, I'll be sharing posts related to Ayurvedic medicine and making specific suggestions based on the three different energies, or "doshas" identified by this tradition. If you missed last week's blog post, which provided an introduction to Ayurvedic medicine and a link to the doshas quiz, find it here.
The goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to help people understand and balance their energies. Imbalances often come from problems in one of three areas: lifestyle, diet, and movement. I'll explore diet and movement in the upcoming weeks, but for now let's focus on lifestyle. Lifestyle factors that contribute to imbalanced energies are different depending on the type of energy that tends to be dominant in you.Read More
Ayurveda is an ancient system of mind/body healing that has been used in India and neighboring countries for thousands of years. The word Ayurveda is sanskrit, and translates to "the wisdom of life." Today, Ayurvedic medicine continues to be used as a way for people to become self actualized; it allows us to strike a healthy balance and integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.Read More