Last year, I embarked on the most precious journey of my life! It was about learning ‘Ayurveda’, the ancient ‘Science of Life! It was very rewarding.
According to the Ayurveda, Life is Divine, and as such, needs to be taken care of with utmost care and dedication!
I want to briefly describe my learning and the daily practices I have adopted, which have turned into amazing personal and spiritual growth.
My morning rituals include: waking up early, doing ‘Kara Darshan’ (a Self-affirmation exercise to affirm the powers of abundance in the form of Goddess Lakshmi, knowledge in the form of Goddess Saraswati and transformation in the form of Goddess Durga in the palms of my hands), worshiping the Sun, and expressing gratitude for the light and energy.
I perform a water cleansing ritual to let go of what is untrue and illusory. I do exercise, yoga and pranayama. The movement is rejuvenating for my mind, body and soul. I learned about the importance of proper elimination and how to regulate it by making appropriate diet and lifestyle changes.
I learned about the Ayurvedic Doshas (mind-body bio forces) and how they modulate day to day, month to month and season to season! I am now armed with the knowledge of the food choices I ought to make according to the Doshas and the Seasons. I have become more disciplined and respectful of my diet and meal times, such that my digestive system operates at its optimum efficiency.
With knowledge of the tastes and various spices, cooking and mindful eating has become very joyful and therapeutic for me.
Spiritually, I have learned to be mindful and aware of my thoughts, emotions and actions. I meditate once or twice a day.
Acquiring all this knowledge would not have been possible without our charismatic leader and Guru Ananta ji. Her wisdom and maturity is beyond her age. She embodies ancient knowledge, wisdom and spirituality! She practices what she preaches. She is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher. What is more admirable is that she wants all her students to be the Wellness Ambassadors and spread this valuable knowledge to others!
I am now naturally drawn to volunteer social services for my community.
I feel blessed to have joined this loving and caring Ayurveda Family. I am determined and inspired to be a Wellness Ambassador and Spiritual Warrior to assist our beloved Ananta ji in spreading this life-changing knowledge and practice. I encourage you to join our Ayurveda Family by visiting our website and look forward to seeing you soon!
Namaste and Best Regards,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PRAVIN SHAH is a graduate of The Ancient Way’s 2021 Wellness Ambassador Program and an Assistant Teacher for the 2022 Wellness Ambassador Program. He came to the USA in 1975 to get his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State Uni. He worked for Owens Illinois glass company for 35 years as an Engineer, before retiring in 2007. He is married to his loving and beautiful wife of 42 years. He has two wonderful grown-up children and two adorable grandchildren. His Gurus and Role Models, who profoundly influenced my life, are his own Dad, who practiced simplicity and non-attachment, Mahatma Gandhi, Eckhart Tolle, Sister Shivani and Wayne Dyer. He believes that Ayurveda and the Wellness Ambassador Program are essential tools and ways of holistic living for ultimate liberation.