Ayurvedic Counsellor Bernie Rowen-Ross tells us, now is the time to fix our mindset and start to become conscious of what we do, and what we don’t do.

Following various Facebook pages, I am always amazed at some of the news which appears in them. I see so many helpful people answering questions, helping find ‘a tinker, a tailor, a candlestick maker’ – as does this magazine. During the summer of lockdown, we saw rules broken, hearts broken and systems beyond repair. But now it’s time to fix our mindset, it’s time to become conscious of what we do and what we don’t do. There is so much good in the world. 

Let’s look at the great things which surround us. In East Lothian we are in an area which boasts beautiful beaches, a place where we can walk in the crisp autumn air and see a kaleidoscope of colour. In Ayurvedic Healing we call this the Vata time of year – it is cold, dry, rough and windy. But, there are so many ways we can help ourselves feel balanced and comfortable during autumn. Keep warm and well covered in the wind. Drink warm milky drinks with powdered ginger (the vegan option is nut milk). Treat yourself to a self-massage with lovely warm oil. Eat warming soups and stews, and permit yourself to rest. So many of us are very driven to keep going, but according to Ayurveda, rest is as important as activity.

Ayurveda is an ancient health system which developed in the Himalayan region over 5,000 years ago and is still valid today. Ayurveda views the body as an expression of cosmic intelligence. Ayurveda uses simple herbal preparations and encourages the use of food to create harmony within the body. If used correctly, there are no side effects and often simple solutions can solve complex problems. Drinking three cups of Ayurvedic tea during the day can help most digestive issues and is incredibly cleansing. There are so many small changes that can enhance our well-being and keep us feeling happy.

AYURVEDIC TEA

½ tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds 
½ tsp fennel seeds 

Place the seeds in a cafetière, and pour boiling water over top. Brew for 5 minutes before plunging. If you don’t have a cafetière, simply place seeds in 1½ litres of water and boil for a few minutes. Strain into a mug before you drink.

This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have a medical concern, consult your health professional.
Bernie Rowen-Ross is an Ayurvedic Counsellor and Psychotherapist, she consults via Zoom
t: 01620 844 321 | www.ayurveda-balance.uk