As a student in Hale Pule’s 600-hour Ayurvedic health counselor program, I know now that the issues I was experiencing (what the doctors called Irritable Bowel Syndrome) were a direct result of my highly stressful career as a litigation consultant and my choice to push my health aside to meet demands and deadlines.
Making changes with Ayurveda
I implemented more Ayurvedic concepts in my life and things calmed down in my digestion and my mind. As my life became more peaceful, I began to notice how many people around me had chosen high-powered careers and were overwhelmed with the task of taking care of themselves. Ayurveda gave me so many tools to find space to heal despite a stressful career. I saw how I could use my personal experience to guide others to find peace in the storm and stop letting their lives be defined by overwhelm. When Hale Pule launched their Ayurvedic health counselor program, I signed up right away.
What Ayurveda has taught me
I’ve also learned that illness and healing begin in the mind in the form of the choices we make. Every choice I make either brings me closer to or away from balance. That means that I can no longer blame external things for how I feel. If I choose to eat food and I feel bad, it is not the food’s fault. If I choose a stressful career, it’s not my job’s fault that my body is depleted. This awakening has taught me that I’m responsible for maintaining balance in my life, and this guides every action I take, including how I treat myself and how I treat and respond to others.
A new career with Ayurveda
I know how easy it can be to forget to take care of yourself in stressful situations. As I walk this road of building a new career as an Ayurvedic health counselor, I want to demonstrate to my future clients that no matter how busy we are, health can be a priority. And as I learn to put my health first, I fall more in love with Ayurveda and all it has taught me.