It was probably about 5 years ago when I was big into Deepak Chopra that I came across the concept of Highest First. He has a book called “Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Steps to a Richer Life”. Though I found it to be gimmicky, going through each letter of the alphabet and espousing some nugget of wisdom, I was also impressed by his expansive definition of affluence. It was in letter ‘B’ that I found the concept of Highest First:
“B stands for better and best. Evolution implies getting better and better in every way with time, ultimately getting for ourselves the best of everything. People with wealth consciousness settle only for the best. This is also called the principle of highest first. Go first class all the way, and the universe will respond by giving you the best.”
This was revolutionary for me, coming from the protestant probity of my upbringing. According to the unspoken teachings of my family, I should humbly accept what is offered to me, and never strive to snatch more than I deserve. Do I deserve to have the highest first in all things? I wondered. Yes! I determined. But deciding I was worth the best that life has to offer, just like those people with “wealth consciousness”, was not has hard as putting the principle into practice. There was something in me that felt I should wait for my true desires, perhaps thinking that delayed gratification was the noble or honorable thing to do. I secretly thought I wasn’t worth having the best.
Every day, we are faced with dozens of decisions for which we have to calculate the best response. Sometimes it is not always clear what Highest First is. It takes some getting used to. There were times when I would lie to myself, or pretend that I wanted something else when I was scared to ask for Highest First. But with time, the practice has grown with me and become a natural tool for discovering who I am, moment to moment, and decision to decision. As of this moment, it has never led me astray.
There are a million quotes out there about “You are what you eat” and “Your food is your medicine” and so forth, but have you ever stopped to think about what that really means? Have you considered how the food that you take from your plate and into your mouth becomes your actual bodily tissues? The truth is, eating is the most literal way that we take in the world. We are literally eating the world each time we put food into our mouths. What we choose to eat is the language we use to communicate with our own bodies. How do those conversations go? Yes a candy bar may taste delicious, and lord knows I love a good candy bar, but what is the silent message we are sending to our bodies? We show a lot of preferential treatment to the small surface area of the tongue, letting IT decide which tastes and foods we are going to eat. But what about the rest of our body? Is it possible that all of our other organs might be desperately praying, “Please, god, let her eat a beet!”?
Hi everyone, and welcome to My Ayurvedic Life. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, I think about Ayurveda all the time, but I only get to share my thoughts when I am one-on-one with a client, or up in front of a small group of people. In this blog I hope to share about my own relationship with Ayurveda, and how it gets integrated (or doesn’t) into my life as a working mom, wife, friend, and hobbyist.
Ayurveda is India’s natural system of healing and medicine. It is one of the oldest known medicines on the planet, and has informed medical knowledge in just about every other tradition practiced in the world. It’s basic tenet is that to live a life of vitality and longevity, we need to step into the natural rhythms of nature, and use those energies to maintain balance in our bodies and minds. This is done by learning your Ayurvedic constitution, and then following the recommendations for diet, daily habits, and periodic treatments that follow. It is at once simple, and profound.
My family consists of me and my husband, our two kids ages 6 and 4, and our old doggie Kava. As with just about every other person I know, my life is completely packed with work, home, social life, logistics, meetings, appointments, decisions, plans, and the various miscellany of life. Ayurveda is a touchstone for me and my family, and provides the basic structure on which we create our lives. Exactly how that happens can be hit or miss, but the why is never in question. This blog will details those moments of thought and decision, and serve as a record of my development in my professional and personal life. Thanks for stopping by!