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Books We Love: Kate O’Donnell

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Cara Brostrom

Ayurveda educator Kate O’Donnell explains how self-care is an important part of spiritual progress.

“Care of the senses is part of how we actually care for our nervous system, manage stress levels, and manage the activity levels in the mind. What most people resonate with is feeling overstimulated, so a lot of what we do is cleansing, as well as nourishing, for the sense organs,” says Kate O’Donnell, author of The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care. In ayurveda, taking care of the body translates into something much bigger. She explains, “When we take care of our bodies, we are actually taking care of the planet and enhancing the wellbeing of all the living beings around us. It’s easy for people to think self-care is selfish. … It’s almost more acceptable to care for other people and sacrifice your own health. But in ayurveda, it’s all one and the same. You can’t separate your own body from the rhythms of the universe. If you don’t take care of yourself, that is an impediment on a spiritual path.” O’Donnell observes that as summer transitions into fall, many people experience a sense of nervousness or nervous energy that accompanies the change in routines and seasons. She suggests adop …

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