Before we begin with this week’s candidate for The Visionary’s Manifesto, I think it may prove useful to start with a definition. Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems, it was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems. In the United States, it’s considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Students of CAM therapy believe that everything in the universe – dead or alive – is connected. If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe, you have good health. When something disrupts this balance, you get sick. Among the things that can upset this balance are genetic or birth defects, injuries, climate and seasonal change, age, and your emotions. Those who practice Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. They are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water); and Kapha dosha (water and earth).
The doctor of ayurvedic medicine is in and she is accepting new patients. Let us begin on a journey towards health and wellness with a woman of true inner and outer beauty and a spiritual vibration that will hopefully lead us all on a renewed path towards living a holistic healthy lifestyle.
HoC: Can you give our readers a brief history on where your visionary journey physically began?
Dr. S: My family is from India and I was born in the Midwest, we then relocated to Los Angeles where I spend the majority of my life immersed in different cultures, which in many aspects influenced my global vision.
HoC: Can you tell us about your upcoming book titled Cannabis, Sex & God?
Dr. S: This book came out of a workshop that I did about two and a half years ago for a yoga festival on self-realization and mastering our truest nature. I started the discussion centered around the topic of cannabis and the rejuvenation effects on the release of those feel good hormones. We’re taught that cannabis is the gateway to the more extreme drugs but for whatever reasons there are a lot of misconceptions about its usage. So as I journeyed into natural medicines I incorporated the benefits of the holistic healing attributes of cannabis, which has been described as a curer of all diseases. The book is basically taking a lens and focusing on the healthy attributes of its varied uses ranging from medical to mental stability to digestive health and enhancing sexuality.
HoC: How do you define living a healthy lifestyle from a mental and physical perspective?
Dr. S: I think it’s about the balance of both the physical and mental to include an alignment with positive people, exposing yourself to nature and connecting the body, mind and spirit with the beauty and power of organic growth.
HoC: What were some of your most challenging moments and how did you cope?
Dr. S: I think some of the most challenging moments were when I first started to introduce natural medicines into my platform of healing. I was a personal trainer and working in Hollywood years ago where everything was defined from a beauty perspective and external markers. My intake was geared more towards eating foods that contained toxic ingredients which translated into toxic relationships. I felt unhealthy because I didn’t understand at the time that the foods I was eating did not contain the healthy factors associated with the lifestyle I desired, I had a great body but I felt toxic because I was vibrating negative energy. I began to delve into yoga and meditation on a deeper level and I allowed myself to surrender to the teachings.
HoC: What was the first person place or thing that impacted you to the point where you experienced your highest interpretation of love?
Dr. S: I have many but one that sticks out to me was when I was attending silent meditation in my early twenties and it incorporated about ten hours of meditation a day for ten days, no contact with any other person and just sitting in silence. I had never experienced such a deep moment within myself and I literally could not stop crying because I felt such love and clarity of mind, I was present in a way that I had never been with a profound understanding of communicating with nature.
HoC: What is your definition of spirituality?
Dr. S: Love, which is synonymous with spirit.
HoC: Who are the people in your journey that you have held onto and who are the people you let go?
Dr. S: I would say my grandmother was the one person I held onto because of her wisdom. I let go of those that did not serve with the understanding of love.
HoC: What are your core beliefs?
Dr. S: Seeking growth in all the important parts of your life and transcending the attachment to those things that no longer serve your evolution.
HoC: On behalf of The Visionary’s Manifesto and Heart of Cool I want to thank you for allowing us the honor of tapping into your special brand of wisdom as it relates to the ayurvedic disciplines. Could you give our audience some final thoughts and or words to live by?
Dr. S: Sit in silence, meditate, love, hug for no reason, smile and laugh. Live with duality and intention.
For more information on Dr. Seeta please visit her website at www.drseeta.com