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"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." ~Lao Tzu

Apologies for my recent absence—I’ve been knee-deep in my Ayurvedic Panchakarma journey, and let me tell you, it’s been quite the adventure. These days, my main focus is on nurturing my nervous system back to its serene state.


I’ve streamlined my meals to include easily digestible delights like kichadi, daal, white rice, and tandoori chappatis, sprinkled with seasonal vegetables and just a hint of salt and gentle spices. But oh, how my taste buds have protested! It’s astonishing how deeply intertwined our emotions are with the food we consume. Removing those familiar flavors—sour, sweet, salty, spicy—has been a test of willpower, to say the least. Who knew food played such a pivotal role in mood elevation, emotional avoidance, or even numbing?


Distractions like work, food, people, sex, and money- these are all these tangible things in our day-to-day that take us so far from our intangible selves.


I've stumbled upon a precious gem—a new technique for regulating my nervous system!

So here I am in my intangible self stuck in my cyclic emotions that have lodged themselves inside of me (or am I gripping on to them…?)


Being here in India has coerced me to slow down, especially during the sweltering midday heat. Back home, when anxiety rears its head, my instinct is to dart around, distract myself with exercise, or drown in a flurry of unfinished tasks. But here, the heat and unfamiliarity of my surroundings anchor me in stillness. So, I’ve discovered a ritual: a few deep breaths, a gentle hum, and then I nestle onto my left side, enveloped in a blanket cocoon. As I lie there, allowing the rush of emotions to wash over me, something magical happens—the surge abates, and I find myself lighter, liberated from the weight of unprocessed feelings.


I would say this technique works better than any other technique I have used for anxiety (other than chanting) including using a distraction and exercise. I found that my emotions process better and QUICKER than they do with exercise and other healthy techniques.


Why not give it a shot? Curious of your experience – let me know in the comments!

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