Monthly Archives: March 2011

Benjamin Franklin’s Schedule

On last night’s radio show (episode 12) we were talking about how to calm down chaos and focus on what really matters so that we aren’t lost in the spinning spinning spinning of life. We breezed over what my routine is in my busy-busy world and we also talked about managing everything when there’s SO much to do.

Most importantly we talked about the Ayurvedic daily routine and how important it is to stick to a schedule! After the show my highly resourceful husband shared Benjamin Franklin’s schedule with me. It made me want to cry! Look at it compared to the daily routine. They are pretty much the same!! Look at the sleep times. Look at the work times. He took time for lunch. He took time for some sort of spiritual outreach in the morning. He spent the evenings relaxing, cooking, and putting things in order from the day. He did not work longer than 8 hours a day. He did not go home and do more work. He did not let the stress of the day overshadow an otherwise pleasant evening.

MOST importantly, look at the questions he asks himself. In the morning he writes, “What good shall I do this day?” and in the evening he writes, “What good have I done for today?” WOW. Is that simple and full of heart or what!? I was so inspired by this because in no way was Mr. Franklin unproductive, nor was he bored, NOR did he seem stressed! He just did what he loved and organized it in a way that he had a pretty perfect work-life balance. He took time to just “be” and look how immensely productive and effective he was in his lifetime. Truly inspiring. And who knows, the man was really smart…maybe even he knew a little something about Ayurveda :) xoxo.

Tiny Buddha

Ohhhhh, my sweet sweet coworker turned me on to this website/blog, www.tinybuddha.com, and I just love it. I especially love this post about not being perfect.

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/we-are-all-imperfect-how-to-own-it-and-keep-growing/

I was recently talking to a client who feels very much “in the weeds” in her life, yet in order to get out of the weeds, she needs to make sure everything is in perfect alignment. She caught herself in her own  thoughts of perfection and then in one short hour (she’s vata, moves fast) she was able to turn her anxiety into productivity. She took one thing at a time and while not perfect, she completed everything she set out to do. Yeah! Anyway,  I thought of her when I read this and wanted to share with everyone.

I resonated with this as well because I screw up all the time, only I’ve become much better at admitting it. I didn’t used to be like that (and I still don’t really like to be wrong…) but once I started getting a little more real, I just became more fuzzy and settled in my own skin. And I like it. I have to say, when I found Ayurveda it really opened me up and seemed to give me permission to just be me. Maybe that’s why I love it. Maybe that’s why I promote it. Maybe that’s why I want to extract all of YOUR authenticity, so that you can see it and realize how beautiful you are. Life is about learning how to love ourselves as is, authentically and fully. Only then can we appreciate, empathize and open-heartedly understand others without judgment. :) I still have a long way to go, but I’m always workin on it and it feels good. XOXO

Kapha-balancing brainstorm!

Okay for those of you who think kaphas “can’t eat anything,” that’s just not true. Kaphas have a very large variety of foods and spices that they can enjoy and all of it is mighty tasty! It does take a little creativity (no grabbing for a bagel with cream cheese, guzzling a frappochino or fast food), but hey, isn’t life more fun with creativity anyway?!

So, all day I’ve been thinking about all the lovely things kaphas can eat and while I am a terrible recipe person (I like to concoct and don’t always know how I end up with the final product), I do have a ton of ideas and ingredients you can pull from to make some awesome dishes. There are a couple websites, The Joyful Belly and 101 Cookbooks where you can find some nice kapha-balancing recipes too. 101 Cookbooks is not Ayurvedic necessarily, but she IS health conscious and a great user of tasty spices (kaphas have to be leery of salt) and vegetables. ALSO! Try The Kind Diet, book by Alicia Silverstone. She is vegan but don’t let that scare you – she’s got great recipes that might help shift your idea of what “good” food is :)

Maybe these resources will help my kapha friends become more creative. AND above I’ve included my brain dump of kapha-balancing foods and ingredients. BE CREATIVE! See what you can create! If you create a brill recipe, send it my way and I’ll post for others. I love you kaphas!! You’re super!!

Kapha Diet – in a nutshell

Okay peeps. Kapha season is not that hard, it’s just different. THIS might help you. Think of a kapha diet as Asian cuisine. Spicy soups, rice/soba/udon noodles, lots of veggies, edamame, spicy, warm, brothy sauces, ginger+garlic. Seek out Asian-inspired recipes, just be mindful of the salt content. Does that help!?

Ama and my dosha

I got this question last week on my radio show when we were talking about ama and how to avoid getting sick. If you missed it, check out episode 9 to catch up! I missed Karen’s question and promised that I would answer in a blog post. Thanks for your question Karen!

Karen D. asked: You may have answered this already, but does the location of ama depend in part on one’s primary dosha?

To recap (although I highly suggest listening to le show), ama is toxins in our body-minds. Karen’s question was brought up because I was talking about when we have ama in our bodies, it seeks out weak tissues and based on who we are (doshas) ama will lodge in those tissues and create disease. I used examples of a vata person might find that ama settles in their bone tissue which might cause dry joints, causing cracking or stiffness. A pitta person might have ama in their blood tissue which may cause acne, rashes or herpes. A kapha person might have ama in their fat tissue which can cause low quality but high quantity fat, causing weight gain.

SO! Now that you’re all caught up, let’s answer Karen’s question. She is correct, it does in part have to do with one’s natural dosha(s) balance AND it may also have to do with a dosha that becomes imbalanced. They key here is to look at the tissues not the doshas. Uh oh, did I just confuse you? Let me simplify. Knowing what type of dosha(s) you are will help HUGELY in preventing ama in the first place, so then you don’t have to worry too much about where your ama goes…cause you shouldn’t have any :D

So yes, based on what your dosha is, you can anticipate where ama might go if you have an issue. I say, leave figuring all that out to your Ayurvedic Practitioner should you get to that point. YOUR job is to a) recognize ama b) clean it out when you know it’s there c) pay attention to what you’re made of (take the test!) and d) Follow the daily routine and lifestyle recommendations for your dosha.

Thanks for the question Karen!! I hope this helps! xoxoxo, MonicaB.

Bit Of Wisdom {33}

I was writing to a friend of mine about blogging and I said, “Be patient and consistent, nothing is instant!” I thought that was a good thing to remember …even about changing our health habits too, right? xoxo. Stick with it everyone – slowly we make the changes.