Over the years, I've shifted my perception of caring for myself as not a selfish act but an act of self-love. If you know me, you've seen my shares on my self-care rituals and wellness experiences on this VISUAL DIARY and my Instagram. In my early twenties I had digestive and general imbalances. When western medical doctors couldn't alleviate any of my symptoms, it led me to seek out holistic ways of healing. Since I started on my wellness journey over 5 years ago, I've integrated a deeper understanding of how to attain physical, spiritual and emotional wellness. I've learned so much from holistic healers, wellness experts, intuitive guides and a supportive community. I still suffer from imbalances as my Ayurvedic constitution is prone to being out of balance. Now I have a deeper compassion and patience with the process cultivated from integrating Ayurveda, practicing my morning tea + meditation ritual, reading Buddhist teachings, and doing self-care practices. I'm so grateful to receive so much insight and support. I wanted to share my personal journey in Wellness.
Although my profession is in creative content and production, you maybe surprised to know I have a Bachelors degree in Public Health. My early intention was to work for a non-profit to help solve healthcare issues and alleviate diseases at a community level. After pivoting careers from health to fashion design to finance and to my current role as photographer and consultant, I still have this desire to promote wellness. Wellness has been a trending topic the past few years. This Vogue documentary on wellness is actually a really entertaining and accurate portrayal of the wellness world in Los Angeles. For me the definition of wellness is honoring yourself through rituals, connection with your highest self, nature and community. It is deeper than doing yoga, consuming green smoothies and supplements. It's balance in physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. After diving deeper into my wellness journey last year and investing in both inexpensive and luxurious wellness experiences, the practices that truly aligns me is rooted in tradition and strengthening intuition.
My formula for wellness includes a combinations of daily rituals:
I've been journaling for years but did not start doing it daily until someone recommended I write morning pages upon waking up. Writing out 10-15 minutes of stream of consciousness significantly improved my days. I continue to write daily and it's one of my favorite forms of self-care. In Ayurveda, my constitution is Vata Pitta, which essentially means I'm highly prone to anxiety and over-thinking. Prior to writing daily, I would journal sporadically documenting what I wanted to call in or what I was struggling with. I'm very solution focused to all my problems but writing daily gives me perspective and gratitude for just being. Daily journaling supports me in a therapeutic way and is the foundation for creating space to manifest what I'm calling in.
Tea + Meditation
My life has been transformed since integrating tea and meditation. Tea is my heart and soul medicine. It allows me to connect inward, provide clarity and strengthen my intuition. Allowing stillness through tea + meditation is also a beautiful way to start my day. My first tea experience started on a spiritual retreat in Kauai. I'm extremely lucky to have my own personal tea practice, share the way of tea with loved ones and sit in ceremony with my tea community.
I attended my first meditation class in 2010 at Against the Stream. My boyfriend has been a student of the Dharma for over a decade and to have him as a spiritual partner and lover has helped me become a more mindful human being. Meditation was something I did not easily integrate until more recently in the past few years. It's been a journey but the more I practice meditation, the more I have clarity. The mind and ego creates delusion. To practice non-attachment with our thoughts and expectations is truly the key to end suffering. It's easier said than practiced. But I continue to practice meditation to cultivate happiness and equanimity even in discomfort.
I have been integrating Ayurveda for a year now and its changed my life. Ayurveda is defined as the science of life. Although it probably seems to be trending more recently, this science is over 5,000 years old and is essentially a manual on how to live and align your life based on your prakriti or body constitution. The simplest way I can describe my journey with Ayurveda is that it's a way to align with nature. I've been able to shift my diet sleep, energy, digestive, and spiritual wellness through Ayurveda. A big part of Ayurveda is that food is medicine. I practice mindful consumption where I connect with my food. One way is by honoring those who grew and farmed the foods, packaged and delivered it. I try to cook at least one meal a day at home. When you cook a meal with positive energy and intention, you're able to fully digest and consume with intention. Sometimes I'm not able to cook at home due to work or travel, so I still honor the source of the ingredients and share gratitude for the meal before consuming it. Also best not to work or look at my phone while I'm eating. There's so many other ancient Ayurvedic self-care rituals I have learned but food was what drew me in. I also practice Abhyanga self oil massage and tongue scraping. Being consistent with your dinacharya or routine is suggested for all dosha types. My health and wellness is still a work in progress, but I've been patient with the process. Connect with nature and find harmony within is a process especially while living in this fast-paced modern world.
Living in the mecca of wellness of Los Angels and working with conscious brands has given me the opportunity to try a lot of different wellness experiences. Sometimes I need extra support and thankfully I have a community of healers, wellness resources, and spiritual events in my city. I'm also very lucky to have a supportive relationship, family, friendships and community. I truly believe that we are all connected and as ancient traditions would prescribe 'connection to community is what keeps us healthy. So grateful to share my personal journey and today will be taking over The Moment's Instagram for my #MOMENTOFBEAUTY. Follow along @themoment where I share what beauty means to me and my personal self-care, wellness and spiritual practices.