With tomorrow being the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, we're starting to plan our beach days, camping vacations, and outdoor sporting events.
Unfortunately, this also means we can plan to expect ticks.
I’ve been uncovering a massive shadow side along the journey of “accessing my highest potential.”
With this almost obsessive orientation towards “expansion,” I’ve been subtly telling myself..
...I am never enough exactly as I am...
I want you to explore yourself, inside and out.
I want you to get intimate with your own shadow, just as much as your own light.
I want you to know yourself so wholly that no aspect of you is unseen.
Underneath my exuberant belief that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, I doubted whether what I sought was attainable at all. I had moments where I wondered if I was doing something wrong.. I felt like perhaps I had not been deemed worthy of the eternal embrace.
I felt I had to do more to prove myself.
If you listen closely enough, I'm betting you'll find that what you thought was you falling off your path is actually life redirecting you, providing you valuable lessons you wouldn't have had otherwise.
I'm guessing that when you keep going, you'll look back and realize that the Universe was quietly preparing you to find your purpose & fulfill your mission
What living with Lyme has taught me more than anything else is how to have deep gratitude for this human experience. It has taught me to enjoy the little moments, both the ones filled with light and the ones filled with pain, because no matter how shitty the moment may feel, it's just an experience and at some point, eventually, there will be something else to experience. It has taught me that the only constant in life is change, and that instead of pushing against what is happening, I can surrender and choose to learn from it instead.
A few months ago I began to feel the well-known sharp pain deep in my inner ear that indicated an ear infection was coming on. To add to the discomfort, I was experiencing pain in not just one, but both ears. I've been getting ear infections since I was a baby, so I know the feeling all too well.
Since I don’t take antibiotics anymore after learning about their harmful effects (I’ll save those details for another post), I decided to take the natural healing route. It’s important to note here that antibiotics do not cure infections themselves. Antibiotics help the body when it has become overwhelmed by reducing the amount of bacteria to the point where the body can then use its innate healing abilities to remove the rest of the bad stuff. I believe there’s a time and place for antibiotics, and a simple ear infection (or in my case, infections) is not it. I knew that if I gave my body what it needed, it would take care of the rest for me, with no harmful side effects.
First, I began thinking about what had caused this infection to come on at this particular time. It had been pretty cold in Amsterdam the last few days, and particularly windy. I began to notice the pain when I was walking back to the car after going out to lunch with a friend. I did a little research and learned that the ear canal can become dried out in cold weather, just like the nasal passages do. This leaves the inner ear susceptible to all kinds of microbes; bacteria, viruses, and fungi included.
I then remembered an Ayurvedic technique I had heard about called nasya, also known as “ear oil.” Ayurveda is a 5,000+ year old form of medicine from India and is the world’s oldest known method of healing. The process of nasya is simple, and really makes a lot of sense when you think about it logically.
Ear oil involves two simple household ingredients: olive oil and garlic. The olive oil is used to lubricate the ear canal, and the garlic, one of nature’s best anti-everything cures, is used to kill any unwanted infections. I figured I’d give it a go.
There are two ways to make the ear oil. The first is useful when you first notice a possible infection coming on because it’s really quick to make, but doesn’t keep as long. The second can be made in advance and keeps longer, for those times you feel you may need to use it in the future (i.e. after swimming a lot in the summer or during a ski trip).
Option #1 (for quick use):
Option #2 (for longer term use):
Please note that ear oil is not to be used if you have blood or pus coming from the ears, or if you think you may have a ruptured ear drum. See your physician first if you have any doubts.
So, while I felt a bit odd with cotton balls sticking out of my ears and a slight garlic-y odor every time I turned my head, my ears felt soothed as soon as I put in the oil. I used a dropper to put in 3 drops in each ear, 3 times total over a 24 hour period. Two days later, the pain was completely gone! Those Ayurvedic doctors really did know what they were doing :)