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In Ayurveda, Fall is the season of wind – a season of transition and, at times, turbulence that can leave us feeling ungrounded and pulled in too many directions, or feeling anxious or scared. It helps me sometimes to remind myself of these natural rhythms of the seasons and elements when I get consumed by fear or worry about what’s happening in our world, in my community, and my family. Thanks to the science of Ayurveda, I can adopt practices to help soothe my anxiety and ground me during this season that can stir so much up. But the catch is that I need to practice. I need to participate in creating new behaviors that will help me heal. Healing involves learning to live with, and not in resistance to, the rhythms of nature and the world I am a part of.
I’m sitting at home just outside Flint, Michigan, watching the violence unfold in Charlottesville, Virginia, while thinking about the work Center for Whole Communities conducted in New Haven, Connecticut less than a week ago. I’m trying to write and track the latest news at the same time.
I JUST watched footage of someone plow through a group of protestors and then drive away. One has been confirmed dead. I just watched the POTUS respond by practically refusing to respond. His brief statement was flaccid—rendered hollow by his obvious reticence to condemn his base—an ode to neutrality. In not choosing he yet again affirmed his previous choices.