by Keri Mangis, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher and Owner, Elements Ayurveda
Every one of us has known what it’s like to be sick. To be hurting. To have a “disease”. Our experiences range from mild to moderate to life threatening. Some are acute while others are chronic. We all know the discomfort, frustration and pain that arises from disease.
Logically, we wish to be free of disease. We want to see and feel relief. We want our lives back! So the question is this:
When symptoms appear, will you seek out a cure, or will you embark on a path to healing?
Curing is a Goal
The idea of “curing” comes from a place of viewing the body as something separate. In this model, the body is simply a means to an end; something to use and control. When it doesn’t comply, we try to force and manipulate it so we can get back to doing what we think we need to be doing.
When seeking a cure, we are generally not interested in examining the choices we’ve made in our life. We do not wish to examine our heart and soul. Rather, we want to be left in peace from our body and move on, doing what we’ve always done (I don’t have time for this headache!). With curing, there is an ideal “end” in sight – a time when we will be “done”. A time when we are “cured”.
We know, however, these “cures” are not exactly what they seem. While they may shut down messages to the brain, the symptoms are not truly gone, just hidden away temporarily. They often return at a later date, and often with greater intensity.
Healing is a Process
The idea of “healing” lies at the crux of all ancient healing traditions including Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Shamanism, etc. With healing, we are not seeking the “quick-fix” or remedy. We are not interested in simply subduing the symptoms. We are interested in removing the root cause of the symptoms.
Translating the Symptoms
Healing comes from a deep place of recognizing the body as a sacred messenger. The body is the translator for the heart and soul. And the body never lies.
Symptoms ask us to look deeper at the choices we are making (or not making) in our lives. We ask: What is the soul trying to communicate to us? Are we ready to listen?
The Gift Within Our Symptoms
From this standpoint, the body, and the symptoms, are gifts. They are markers – guiding us further along our spiritual path. They awaken us to the moment! Because of these symptoms, we have the opportunity to examine our lives, our choices, our lessons, dreams and desires. Not with judgment, hostility, regret and blame, but with acceptance, honor, gentleness and grace.
Symptoms are the soul’s way of knocking on our door reminding us of who we are. This helps us reclaim our power and realign with our True Purpose – what a gift!
Healing is a journey of the soul - not a goal to be achieved. But as we heal, the symptoms naturally, gently release. The messages become more subtle, less intense. And we regain our internal compass to navigate the days of our lives.
The Prince, the Dove and the Letter
Once upon a time lived a prince who traveled thousands of miles on a quest to find his True Self, his True Purpose. One day he was sitting at the window thinking of all his travels, his fears, his woes. A dove flew by outside his window, flapping its wings wildly. The prince was annoyed by the bird and shooed it away carelessly. He did not see the letter held in the dove’s beak. This letter was from his True Self, reminding him of exactly what he wished to know.
Our symptoms are like that bird. Will you be awake, willing and patient enough to receive the messages and embark on your healing journey?
As both a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Teacher, Keri Mangis weaves together both sides of the healing traditions founded in India thousands of years ago. In her work, she assists her clients in uncovering their true constitution, desires, potential, and challenges. Keri’s style is caring, compassionate, gentle and effective.
Keri received her initial yoga certification in 2003 and has taught yoga, meditation and pranayama for over 10 years. She received her CAP certification (Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner) from KanyaKumari Yoga and Ayurveda Center in Milwaukee, WI in 2012. Prior to completing that certification, she received over 600 hours of ayurveda and advanced yoga coursework with the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She has received numerous additional certifications and training including Yin Yoga, Healing Touch, chakras, yoga nidra and more. Keri is recognized through NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and the Yoga Alliance. Learn more about Kerri at www.elementsayurveda.com and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Make sure to attend the upcoming HAMMS: Help a Minnesota Maker Succeed event taking place on Saturday, April 20 in St. Paul. Come and meet Keri at the Restore booth where she will be offering brief Marma facials from 2:30pm – 4:30pm to help you relax and rejuvenate!