Welcome to the new, improved, and renamed Awakening Ayurveda- now Winding Willow Therapies! For a long time, I have felt that my business name, website, and logo were no longer congruent with who I am and what I offer. COVID gave me the opportunity to really sit with what I want things to look like now that my kiddo is in “school” more often and I have the time I’ve been missing to dedicate to my work. As I contemplated my own journey, and that of my clients, I was reminded most of two things:
It is always better to accept reality and adapt to what is, than it is to fight against all the things in this life we cannot change. This is what the Willow teaches us- that it is better to bend than break. That we all have the capacity within us to grow and even thrive despite the most challenging of circumstances. That we even have the ability to transform what others might see as unsurmountable challenge into something useful, just as the Willow has been known to draw toxins like heavy metals from the land and be no worse the wear for it. With deep roots (some Willow varieties’ root systems can become quite invasive), we are given the greatest ability to grow. The Willow is a survivor- if a branch does happen to break due to a severe storm, the willow heals. We can do this, too.
The path of self discovery is not easy, straight, or fast. In fact, it’s hard, winding, and often takes far longer than we want it to. This is another part of accepting reality- some things just take time and are more complicated than we anticipated. Haven’t you ever started a home renovation or craft project and wound up having to go back to the store because you don’t have everything you need? It is the same with spiritual growth. And sometimes it can be downright frustrating. How many times have you thought to yourself, “What, this again?? I thought I dealt with this five years ago!!!” Consciousness based healing teaches us to become comfortable with the circular, circuitous, and often repetitive nature of reintegrating the stress of traumas big and small. We can learn to love all the twists and turns of this winding way.
Our challenge is to no longer fear, but instead get curious about what awaits us around the next corner. To become aware of all the ways in which we actually *are* growing and shifting. One of my favorite quotes is by Barry H. Gillespie, who said,
“The path isn’t a straight line; it’s a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
Each and every one of us has the capacity to learn how to adapt, survive, and thrive. It’s become very clear to me that while I want to continue working with people one on one, I am equally drawn to again offering more group courses and workshops to help people walk the path with as much grace as possible. Check out what I have coming up here; please let me know if you have any questions!
My last bit of exciting news is that I have begun training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST). This has long been a desire of mine, as I have personally experienced healing through BCST, and have felt that a hands on therapy geared towards physical healing was the one major tool missing from my practice. Click here to learn more about this!
I am so excited for what comes next; I hope you will join me in days ahead!