Wednesday, April 27, 2016
W is for Wellness #atozchallenge
It is funny how things in your life just come full circle, especially with mothers and daughters. But it also seems that some of the age old resistances minimize from one generation to the next. When raising kids, maybe we start from that place of additional insight from day one based on our experience, or maybe it is just an evolving collective consciousness over time. When my mom first began her journey into trying to support and heal herself as she began living with MS some 35 years ago, she looked to natural solutions. She began yoga, educated herself on Chinese medicine, vitamin supplementation, acupuncture, QiGong, Ayurveda, etc. My pre-teen self was exploring my own way, and in typically rebellious nature was less than open to all of this.
Fast forward to present. We moved to our homestead to teach our kids about their food sources, to respect more free play, and try to experience life separating, if only a little, from the constant day to day pressure of the society we live in. As an adult I absolutely love yoga, strive for natural cleaning solutions and am a DoTerra Wellness Advocate. After an eighteen month journey learning, experimenting and experiencing I am feeling strong enough to begin to teach and share what I have learned about how to use essential oils to support our bodies' own natural systems. This is especially important because the outside factors that passively effect our health when we do not even realize it continue to grow. I have learned that the marriage of traditional medicine and the 'old ways' lead to a whole person approach that is necessary today.
My daughter, who is an avid chef in training has become very focused on seasonal, local, natural, whole foods and how superfoods assist and affect health. Though in true teenage form she does not listen to all that I am trying to teach her. However, as mentioned earlier, the resistance is less than what I felt when I was her age. She feels more comfortable researching on her own and re-wording or correcting me where she deems it necessary. That said, she is more than willing to try what I tell her about, and for the most part, ultimately returns to it later on. Everyone's journey into wellness is unique, personal, and embarked on for different reasons, though initially it can be overwhelming, as you gain confidence it is well worth the trip.