Turn Off Your Mind

Om. I write this message from a crowded internet cafe in Pune, India. I have completed the first of six weeks of rigorous study with Vaidya, Dr. Vasant Lad, in a
guru kula--a small study program of eight students and two teachers. Each day we learn, first hand, the blessings of Ayurvedic Medicine, and how wise the body is... how the patient is the greatest teacher.... and how the body never lies.

Ayurveda offers herbs, marma therapy (like accupressure), jyotish, compassion, and the most comprehensive methodology in symptom diagnosis, patient understanding and treatment. This work never ceases to amaze me, and I feel so deeply blessed to be here with one of the leading ayurvedic physicians on the planet.

I will share with you more details soon. As for now, all I can say is that I am so grateful to be here, and to study in this manner. Of our eight students, we have two physicians, and their commentary only reinforces that this medicine is not only western medicine, but it is holy medicine... honoring the patient deeply, and focusing on what we don't know, instead of only on what we do know.

I am touched deeply each time Dr. Lad tells us, "The mind can get in the way of your understanding... quiet your mind, open your mind.... turn off your mind... When your mind is off, you are quiet. When you are quiet, you are open. When you are open, there is space, and where there is space, there is love. And where there is love, there is healing."

More to come soon.