Don’t Give Up on Your Beauty

Don’t Give Up on Your Beauty

It is so painful to lament lost beauty and feel like there is nothing to be done. Beauty is individual and personal and has nothing to do with societal preferences or cultural impositions. It has to do with you. It is how you feel and how you feel about yourself that reflects your beauty.

Beauty is health.

In Ayurveda every one of us is created with a unique combination of the 5 elements. Our mind/body type or Dosha is determined at conception. We cannot change this. Ayurveda teaches us to love our beauty, our unique flaws and perfect imperfections exactly as we were created. And it gives us a guide and the tools so that as we grow, change and age we embrace all of it gracefully.

I will say this, it’s hard to do and aging is challenging. At some point or another we are going to feel like giving up on our beauty. You start to notice lines that weren’t there before, things going a little south, bones aching, joints cracking, mind heavy, emotions out of control, weight appearing as if plastered on overnight.

You start to wonder how you can feel great again and take back those days, weeks, months, years of casually ignoring your body, your beauty, your soul yearning for vitality.

There are certain things you can and others that you cannot take back.


It takes the equal amount of time to heal something that it does to diminish something in your body. That’s encouraging. It means that consistent action over time at a steady and moderate level can restore you back to your vibrant healthy self. The sooner you begin a daily practice of intentional healing steps, the sooner you will notice the recovery.

One small intentional practice  done daily will create lasting positive change over the long run.


BODY: How do you feel about your body and your unique beauty?
Where can you restore your physical vitality?

MIND: Do you feel at peace in your mind? Is there clarity, focus, space?
Where can you revitalize your mind?

HEART: What is the measure of your emotional health? Is it joy, bliss, creative expression? Where can you access love?

SPIRIT: Does your spirit feel light, awake, and freely expressed?
Where can you free yourself up?

Get a daily plan in place to restore your four areas of vitality. Tap in to your innate healing power and rediscover your inherent beauty.


Medicine Buddha and the Three Poisons

Medicine Buddha and the Three Poisons

This week while teaching Aromatherapy at The Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM), we had the opportunity to listen during an aromatic compress treatment to the Medicine Buddha Chant.

A student commented how profoundly healing and soothing that felt while receiving her treatment (we were working with a blend of ginger, fennel, lemon, and clary sage).


It made me think more about the Medicine Buddha, this benevolent healer known as our enlightened essence. This means at our most awakened we are our own healers. In our highest consciousness we affect our health and wellbeing.

This includes the wisdom to choose the right methods and medicines as well as and especially the most enlightened mental attitude towards our own healing.

With the help of some powerful and simple healing Ayurvedic herbs we can restore ourselves to health and use these plant medicines as a catalyst for ongoing vitality and longevity.

In the right hand The Medicine Buddha is holding out as an offering the sacred Chebulic myrobalan plant. This is known as haritaki and is one of the three ingredients in triphala, the Ayurvedic ‘Mother of Medicines’

The revered Haritaki by itself is a powerful medicine and one of the best herbs for balancing Vata.

It acts as a gentle cleanser, removing accumulated toxins in the digestive tract. It is a restorative herb, nourishing and rejuvenating the tissues while maintaining regular elimination. It is the base of many medicines used in rasayana/restorative Ayurvedic therapies.