“Celebration is my religion, love is my message, silence is my truth” B.S. Rajneesh
Why I know one or two things about wellness…
After a very demanding five year career as a TV news producer in Tel-Aviv and a hectic social life to boot, I was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid and a few years later with type 1 diabetes. Suddenly I was faced with a huge and frightening health crisis. It seemed overwhelming at the time and for a while I was at a loss to know what to do. I would never have imagined that my sudden illness would turn out to be a blessing.
I wanted to understand my illness, and learn how I could cope with it and treat it, so I set off on a pilgrimage of healing…
Firstly I went to India to deepen my understanding of ayurvedic medicine, yogic conscious living and the age-old laws of the mystics. I was initiated into the ancient art of yoga at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala. The kundalini yoga kriyas that I learned brought many benefits and strengthened my nervous system. I also learnt that serotonin (the ‘happiness’ hormone which the body uses to regulate the brain) is not actually produced in the brain, but is produced in the gut. Suddenly the crucial connection between diet and mood became crystal clear to me. I had to act upon it.
I’d heard before of Dr Gabriel Cousens, the nutritionist/therapist working in Arizona, USA, and decided to do an intensive course with him. During this course I became convinced of the importance of two things: the healing power of raw/whole food, and the spiritual nature of human nutrition.
I’ve come to see that there is perfection in chaos and that life can be joyful and magical even with seemingly intractable diseases.