I’ve been doing a lot of studying into natural herbal remedies – how to make them, how to tell which ones you need and when, stuff like that. It has been very fun and rewarding, and I have enjoyed it a lot.
Learning this information has taken me into the realm of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. My teachers refer more to Ayurveda, so that’s what I reference more than anything else. I had recently purchased a book about Ayurvedic eating, complete with recipes. It lays out the Ayurvedic principles, takes you through a Dosha quiz, and helps define different types of foods that are better for you based on your dosha. I was excited to jump right in.
Trigger warning: The following contains discussion about eating disorders and body image issues that could be triggering.
I hadn’t really taken into consideration my personality when I began my Ayurvedic experiment. What I should have done, and what the book encouraged me to do, was to incorporate foods that agreed with my Ayurvedic dosha into what I was already doing. What I did instead, and what I do every time I make a decision about adopting a new way of thinking about food, is that I cut everything out of my diet that didn’t fit into the Ayurvedic list in the book. That lasted about two days. Everything about it was wrong and I knew it. I have worked very hard on my mindset about food and being more comfortable with not only food, but my body. I practice intuitive eating and try to make sure that I feed my body what it wants so that I don’t binge or do anything else destructive. So far that has been working well for me. I have been feeling very tired a lot lately, which is why I wanted to try the experiment in the first place. And I do have to admit that the experiment has led to more energy. But it definitely messed with my head. I had the diet mindset, and when I saw a reflection of myself it was not a good thing. After all the work I have done for the last couple of years, it was definitely a step backwards.
That whole experiment made me think about how I am mentally approaching wellness. It isn’t necessarily something that I am comfortable about approaching; ever since I named this website Wyndsong Wellness, I have had a hard time coming up with things to write about. It isn’t that I don’t have ideas about how to be well. Our culture has its own blueprint for what wellness looks like, and that blueprint doesn’t work for everyone, including me.
For that reason, I decided to take the blog and eventual website in a totally different direction. I say totally different, but in reality it isn’t. It is going to be a reflection of the things I have been doing to create wellness in my life. Some of these things may work for other people and some of them may not. As with anything else, it is important to keep what works and discard what does not.
One of the areas of my life that has really evolved through this whole process is my spiritual life. I identify with earth spirituality and define myself as a witch. For that reason, I have renamed this blog “Wyndsong Magickal Arts” so that I can use this blog to follow my spiritual practices that lead to my feeling of wellness. I hope that the information I publish on this site will help others achieve better wellness as well.