Self-care is a tool for enhancing and maintaining health. This tool is pro-active, supporting longevity while ensuring a healthy life through seasons and cycles. Understanding the science behind the mind-body connection, combined with a paradigm shift into holism and recognition of your own individuality, will support body health, spiritual freedom and personal satisfaction.
No single modality, therapy or lifestyle teaching holds a monopoly over health and longevity. Traditions and approaches are transmitted through different means, as an efficient and effective organization tool. When these avenues become rigid belief systems, they also become dead-ends, cutting off the option of unlimited expansion. Likewise, many individuals become turned off to the concepts of holistic, organic or spiritual, simply because some groups or approaches have aligned themselves with a rigid or extreme set of beliefs surrounding these subjects. These terms have become 'trendy fads', cliche, exclusive and/or militant in nature. In reality, holistic, organic or spiritual, are individual endeavors, with personal definitions created through research and self-education, with intuition being paramount.
Longevity is both and art and a science. Self-Care through massage and other tools, is one of Ayurveda's essential pillars for creating a foundation of health, beauty and longevity. Ayurveda's approach has always held that longevity is both a method and a state of being, one that includes living a long, healthy and fulfilling life, based upon your definition of these terms. Each person holds his/her own right path, that is found only within, not through an external or morally imposed definition. (Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words "ayus" and "veda." "Ayus" means life and "Veda" means knowledge or science. The term "ayurveda" thus means 'the knowledge of life' or 'the science of life'. According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, "ayu" comprises the mind, body, senses and the soul. Source: About.com)
One of the original aims of both Ayurveda and Taoist longevity arts, was to prolong life in order to achieve awakening of consciousness, through the body. True longevity encompasses a freedom and personal sovereignty that is rooted in personal power and knowledge. Technological advancement may provide you with mechanical approaches to prolong life, heal disease and create seemingly magical outcomes. Yet, the individual does not usually awaken inner potential through these methods. Self-care with nature's intelligence, the wisdom and potency of the plant world, provides you with access to this inner potential, personal power and knowledge. Nature's Intelligence awakens the magic within you, your body's own self-healing capacity, the spark in your soul, fire in your mind and heart and beauty of your inner wisdom.
Through working with Lady of the Lotus Botanicals you will accumulate, over time, a wealth of knowledge about essential oils, aromatherapy, flower essences, and most especially, the mind-body-spirit connection. While your knowledge will be in part intellectual, this component will be in service to your direct, embodied experience of this information. Emotional intelligence, subtle energy body and intuition, will all become honed through this type of self-care. The art of discernment is a natural outcome. These qualities are at the root of self-empowered healthcare, a choice you make that allows you the freedom to determine the course of your life more readily. It's a beautiful, beauty-filled thing, so enjoy your self-care, knowing it's health and wealth care, too!