Reflections

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Storytelling as Medicine for The ChangeI once read (in My Gita, by Devdutt Pattanaik) something like that the main difference between …
Menopause & Longevity: Women & WhalesAlert husband Jim recently noticed a report on a study exploring the link between menopause …
Is It Important to Know About the Context in Which Indian Wisdom Traditions (Like Ayurveda or Yoga) Exist?by Dr. Claudia Welch Personal Experience When I was 19, I went to live in …
Rāgā Cikitsa: Desire as Cause and Cure of Diseaseरागादिरोगान् सततानुषक्तानशेषकायप्रसृतानशेषान् औत्सुक्यमोहारतिदान् जघान योऽपूर्ववैद्याय नमोस्तुतस्मैः Aṣṭāṅga Hṛdayam:I:1  rāgādi-rogān satatānuṣaktān-aśeṣa-kāya-prasṛtān-aśeṣān autsukya-mohāratidān jaghāna yo’pūrva-vaidyāya namo’stu-tasmai //1// …
Satyam Vs Ṛtam: Finding Truth Through Rhythmऋ॒तं च॑ स॒त्यं चा॒भी॑द्धा॒त्तप॒सोऽध्य॑जायत ṛtaṃ ca satyaṃ cābhīddhāt tapaso ‘dhy ajāyata Truth was born and …
Appropriation in AyurvedaBy Dr. Ramkumar, Dr. Robert Svoboda & Dr. Claudia Welch Note: This is an evolving …
Svādhyāya & Black Lives Matter: Healing the Wounds of InequityBy Dr. Claudia Welch Disclaimer,  Introduction and entry into svādhyāya (self-introspection): While certainly Black people …
A Brief Overview of Pañcakarma (Ayurvedic Detoxification Treatment) For Patients, Places To Get It, & How To Make the Most of the ExperiencePrologue: I have undergone pañcakarma a handful of times in India. In order to contextualize …
Personal Lessons From Chernobyl & Laulupidu 2019Dear Friends, I hope this finds you finding, good in the, “bad” and with a …
A Heart of Iron & WaxBy Dr. Claudia Welch For a long time I have reflected on something that my …
Animals and Africa; Plants and South America; Humans and India(Like the pithy title?) I just finished the second of two books I read back-to-back. …
Physical, Energetic & Spiritual Changes in a Woman’s Late 40sby Dr. Claudia Welch I’m awfully close to turning 50… I was thinking to share …
Fear, Seduction, & Preventative Procedures (like Mammograms): How can we make (informed) decisions?How do we decide whether or not to undergo a, “preventative” procedure like a mammogram? First, …
The Mechanics of Emotional Contagion: Who Affects Whom? Excerpt From, The Four Qualities of Effective PhysiciansDear Friends, My previous book, “How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective: …
Post-Election Shock, Birth, Death & Sūtaka Today, in the wake of the 2016 US Presidential election, there is shock, daze, awe, …
The Value of “Screen” Use, “Screen” Detox, & Loving TouchBy Dr. Claudia Welch As of January 2011, a Kaiser Family Foundation study found that, …
Desire, Discipline, Decision-fatigue & DinacaryāAbstract The Problem: Sensory control v. repression of urges. The solution: Read on… When we …
Fake Smiling and Mood DeteriorationGentle Reader, I am guilty of this too. I could pretend I’m not, but then …
Extremely Extreme (Rest is Radical)I was thinking lately… I was thinking that traditionally the Aghora sect of Hinduism has, …
Reasons to MoveSome of us are exercise junkies. Some not. Some of us enjoy a good, brisk, …
Alas, I Have Good News“Alas, I have good news.” In late May 2010, I got this cheerful voicemail message …
Natural Rhythms, From Rivers to RoosHi all. I just spent a couple weeks in New Zealand, or “Aotearoa”– “land of …
Good vs. Evil; Devas vs. Asuras; Good Planets vs. Bad Planets: If We are Scientific, Why We Should Even Bother With Stuff Like Myth, Movies & Astrology?A few months ago, I was reading about how one of the big Hindu Gods …
Autumn Cleansing or Detox Programs: Why Go Austere in a Time of Harvest?It’s happened. I can feel it. You probably can too. Autumn. Quite a personality she …
Um. Try Not to Be a Psychopath With Your PatientsI just spent such a delightful weekend with the Kripalu School of Ayurveda students, who …
Oil Pulling: Miracle or Myth?Sometime in maybe the 2000s, I started hearing a lot about, “oil pulling.” How it …
What Does “Having It All” Really Mean? And Is It Possible?This article was actually guest-written for Diaforlife.com, a resource-full website dedicated to Connecting and inspiring people …
New: Menopause Chronicles, an honest conversation about transformation with Dr. Claudia Welch and friends.