Facing Loss, Ayurvedic Approaches to Soothe and Support - Julie Dunlop
In this life of beauty and ongoing miracles—from the daily devotion of the breath, the heartbeat, and the pulse to the remission of cancers and the mending of torn relationships— the unavoidable issue of impermanence exists. While some days we can feel absolutely mired in stubborn issues that seem like they may go on forever, the reality is that we are here for a temporary visit. However, our cognitive understanding of this fact does not erase the shock and sadness we may feel when the jolt of loss occurs, whether the loss is a job, a marriage, a friendship, a promise, our physical well-being, or the life of a loved one. Even the deaths of strangers can affect us as news streams in from all corners of the globe. Universally, regardless of age, personality, political stance, or doshic constitution, we are united in the shared experience of grief and loss. Keeping in mind that the proportions of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in us may bring forth different manifestations of grief, we understand that loss is often a life-changing experience that may affect our balance—mentally, emotionally, and physically.