Archive | June, 2013

Silence and Peace of Mind

27 Jun

Are you beginning to feel overwhelmed, maybe even burnt out? This is the time of year where activities begin to shift into overdrive as the weather warms up and the days get just a little bit longer. If you can relate to the question above then I would like to share with you how you can discover the sweetness internally and externally when you become silent.

This is a wonderful time of year to indulge in a “Silent Retreat.” I have done this quite of few times and it is one of my favorite things to do to release and re-set my mind and body. In our society we have become so used to living life with a sense of urgency. Everything we do now is done at a rapid pace and sometimes we still feel that things aren’t happening as fast as they should. It has become the normal way to exist for people to be operating with the unnecessary urgency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Eventually what happens is this sense of urgency begins to take a toll on our mind and our body. We begin to form internal stress responses as well as absorbing more external stress factors and this creates an imbalance within us. If this imbalanced is prolonged we will begin to exhibit signs and symptoms of stress as the toxins from the stress move deeper into our tissues.  We are not meant to operate at high levels of stress all the time but what is fascinating is that we can discover the sweetness of life again when we take a Silent Retreat.

At a Silent Retreat there is no talking. There are usually activities that take place but the activities are done in silence, such as meditations, yoga and pranayama (a Ayurvedic breathing exercise). The only person that will speak is the person leading the retreat. You get an opportunity to bring full awareness to how you feel internally and you actually get to listen and hear how you talk to yourself internally.  What also makes this special is that everyone is having their own unique experience, silently.

It is believed that observing silence is a beautiful way to cultivate awareness and being in the present moment, really able to fully engage in the relationship with your internal and external self.  When you spend time in silence you begin to realize that you do not have to respond to the small things that occur around you and you have the power within not to respond.  It really is a beautiful awakening.

Silent retreats can be anywhere from a few hours to weeks or longer. Although a silent retreat is a beautiful way to treat the mind and the body, I would not call it a vacation or even put it in that classification. Because a Silent Retreat is a deeper level of nurturing, I recommend starting with a Silent Retreat that is just a few hours long or maybe an 8 hour time period. You can always take longer retreats as you get more comfortable with the practice.

The last benefit that I would like to share about taking a Silent Retreat is that it is a wonderful way to detoxify the mind, restore clarity, focus, sharpness and vibrancy to the mind.

To discover the sweetness of silence, once must learn to indulge in the pleasure of the experience.

Wishing you much health and wellness!


Rochele Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS

The Queen of Feeling Fabulous


Beauty by the Dosha

13 Jun

The science of Ayurveda holds that every part of us is governed by the doshas, the five elements that sustain life. Skin is no exception. ayurveda teachings suggest that applying essential oils appropriate to your dosha can rejuvenate the skin and bring harmony to the mind. Glowing skin and inner peace sounds good, right? And here’s how to get it.

If you’re a Pitta type: The Pitta dosha is governed by fire and water and manifest in oily, sensitive skin with a tendency toward inflammation, rashes and acne. Try soothing, cooling essential oils like lavender, ylang-ylang, fennel, neroli, melissa and sandalwood.

If you’re a Kapha type: The Kapha dosha is governed by earth and water and can have either beautiful smooth skin or skin that is beset by excessive oil, congestion and cystic acne. Keep it energized and unclogged with stimulating oils like rosemary, spearmint, eucalyptus, clove, juniper and ginger.

If you’re a Vata type: If you skin is dry and thin and has a tendency to develop fine lines, you’re dealing with vata governed by air and ether.  Ayurvedic principles suggest that vata types benefit from daily self massage with sesame oil and a skin-care routine that features essential oils with sweet, grounding energy, such as rose, neroli, orange and geranium.

Which ever type of dosha you are or even if you have a mixture of the doshas in you, the skincare line DoshaCare is exactly what you need. It can be customized to take care of your skin no matter what challenges it may be facing.

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Wishing you much health and wellness.


Rochele Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS

The Queen of Feeling Fabulous