Like everyone else, I did some reviewing of 2014 in the last month. One of the things that I was pleased and somewhat surprised to realize is that my clientele has developed into something I really love! Regardless of health level or even willingness to take on Ayurveda as the one-true-healing-practice I am blessed universally to be working with people who I sincerely like.
I am impressed by how many artists, writers, musicians, strugglers-for-the-betterment-of-the-world and thinkers-on-interesting subjects that I get to talk to (and cajole a bit) on a regular basis! I am inspired and challenged every day by the people who come to me for help. It is such a blessing to support a community of people whose work in the world I really do support.
Not all practitioners get to work with clients that they love; and it has not always been true for me. In inspirational small business coaching they always say some version of “do what you love with authenticity and you will attract the kind of clients that make you happy (and supposedly rich)”. I have brought more of myself to my practice & integrated my creativity with the ancient practices of Ayurveda consequently the people who come to my practice are more and more interesting and willing to engage with ayurveda authentically and with curiosity. Such a joy to work this way!
There is no doubt that it is the intensity, edginess and liminality of Ayurveda that draws creative people. Ayurveda speaks to those who see that what passes for ‘normal’ ways of addressing the body and society don’t work. Ayurveda asks a lot from people; so is best for those with bravery. Ayurveda excels for those who have chosen to live their lives in a self inquiring way. It takes a critical and flexible mind to consider new ways of relating to the world. Perfect for artists and thinkers.
I have often wished I could throw a party and introduce you all to each other. And this year I hope to be able to do this in the form of informal ayurveda ‘salons’ where we can come together and eat and share stories and a meal and nurture some sort of community. Please let me know if you have any ideas or are interested in getting involved.