Angela Hope-Murray, experienced Aryuvedic practitioner and author, teaches us how she shifted out of a traditional mindset on healthy and into a holistic medical practice called Aryuveda.
Years ago, a mentor advised me that my primary task was to pay attention to the good things happening all around me if I wanted to last.
Otherwise, she cautioned, it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming “emotional shredded cardboard.” At the time, I was so young, that I was not even sure what she was trying to tell me.
She recommended a middle way, in which we resist choking off our natural empathy, and instead cultivate a rich inner life that is able to attend to, work with, and release the emotions that accompany our work.
When I cross borders, language itself can be a home. The familiarity of a language, even if it isn’t my mother tongue, can be a comfort. When I’m learning a new language, I imagine myself building a house, erecting the walls and adding the roof as I learn the grammar and other basics. It isn’t until I have these basics down that I can settle into the house; that is, to force myself to form sentences as I speak them, to not translate in my head, to make myself think—and feel—in that language.