Food and Ethics

That Way by Justin Baeder

Yoga and Buddha tell us to do no harm. Gandhi and Martin Luther King spoke of non-violence. But how do we apply this in our daily lives? It can be tricky territory in practice. For example, when we breathe, our body kills the bacteria in the air. When we walk, we step on things we can’t see. Our physical body requires the life-force of other life forms to survive. We might set a standard not to eat mammals, for example. But the line is pretty gray. One of the curious experiences that can arise in Unity stage or a bit … Continue Reading…

Going Off-line for a Spring Cleanse

From an Ayurvedic perspective, issues that have been building in the physiology come to a head at the change of seasons. Each season has its dominant dosha so when they change in the world, it can amplify imbalances within. As a result, Ayurveda recommends a cleanse in the spring and fall to re-balance the physiology and maintain health. This year, I’m doing the full deal including panchakarma (meaning 5 actions or treatments). As a result, for the first week of April I’ll be off-line and not responding to messages or comments. I’ll catch up after I get back. Meantime, I … Continue Reading…

Dosha Changes

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of medicine. It focuses on maintaining balance of the body-mind as a whole to avoid health issues. It’s often better at handling systemic and chronic conditions than western allopathic medicine is. I’ve spoken before about how we’re born with a certain balance of laws of nature. We all have roughly the same principles but are each a unique combination of emphasis. One may do well at sports and be a natural public speaker who struggles with other languages. Another speaks multiple languages fluently but is uncomfortable with public speaking and only enjoys soccer. Both … Continue Reading…