In response to an email from a reader who felt the need to give me critical feedback about my use of personal funds to come to India for healing when I could be offering those personal funds to the programs for which I act as the fundraising coordinator and fiscal sponsor (Breitenbush Hot Springs and DAYA Foundation):
It’s a privilege to be here at Vaidyagrama Healing Village. Given the numbers of people on the planet and the comparatively far fewer people who get to come to places likes this, and the numbers of people who are fortunate to meet Vaidyas, doctors, who hold such ancient, indigenous medicines in such high regard and who make those medicines available to the people who seek them out, I am both very privileged and very fortunate to be here.
Ayurveda is an ancient medicinal tradition focused on the wisdom of life. Ayur means ancient system of life. Veda is wisdom. I’ve come to this Ayurveda healing center to focus on the healing that my Western medical team is not able to fully satisfy.
Cow. Cow. Cow. Another Cow.
This morning I went for my last walk before the “Ghee Days”. Stepping out the door of the healing village, I was halted by the sight of 3 beautiful cows with amazing horns, strolling down the road. They were followed by a cow herder giving them cues as he casually shifted their reigns. I began to step out to cross the dirt street when I realized that a baby cow was running to catch up with the first 3. Untethered but obviously dedicated, this baby cow was earnestly following the hoof prints of the bigger cows.
Though it was a baby cow, I waited. After all, a baby cow could do some damage if it knocked me over. I already have two concussions!
People often go to a retreat or a healing center with a set of symptoms that they identify as “their symptoms”. The things they wish would go away (perhaps so that life could “go back to normal”.)
Yet, those symptoms have underlying causes.
Often much deeper than we imagine.
A retreat or a healing center that is dedicated to the transformation that our lives are capable of (and dedicated to that transformation creating better citizens, a better society, a more connected world), won’t likely allow us to believe that these are just the pesky symptoms of our life which, if we just solved them, we could go back out to the world to be “productive members of society again”.