Now, as in the past, long periods of silence and self-reflection have given me the best opportunity to honestly and accurately assess where I have been and where I am going. Silence is a tool I often reach for when I need clarity on something and a period of rest from busyness. Silence is a blessing for me, especially since I spend so much of my time speaking in my work as a teacher and practitioner. I love guiding students and clients to the next step on their journey to health, but I must first tend to my own garden so I can support others to plant theirs.
I expect to return from my time in India with a deeper sense of purpose and enthusiasm for the work we do at Hale Pule, as well as my own personal practice of Ayurveda and Yoga. We have done a lot of great things this year at Hale Pule, including launching a 400-hour Ayurvedic health counselor certification program. In 2016, we will build on this through intensives held on Kaua’i focused on Ayurvedic cooking and treatments. Much of the inward focus I am engaged in now is preparing me to lead this next phase of our work. What started as a spark to heal my own life with Ayurveda and Yoga is turning into a broader community of practitioners, teachers and students who see the kind of powerful transformations that are possible with the authentic practice of this work.
Life is continually unfolding – so it is never too late to improve your experience. With that thought, I hope you, too, can find some space in this transitional time for your own personal reflection. Instead of focusing on the outward, find time –four weeks, four hours or four minutes – to go within and set the intention and direction for how you would like your life to unfold in the coming year and thereafter. This is the most important gift you can give yourself. Honor it and make it a regular practice and I promise that you will come back to your true self over and over again. And each time it will be even more beautiful than the last.