(On the left, a photo of me with Dr. Sreelal Sankar. On the right, my beautiful therapists: Greeshma and Reshma.)
March 1 (Day 27)
I may not be cured, but I sure have gotten a lot of information that will serve me for the rest of my life. I know which foods will work with my body and which ones won’t. I know that for me at least, meditation and pranayama are non-negotiable. I know that by the time I hit 60 and the arthritis kicks in, my back is going to require some sort of treatment. Most importantly, I’ve learned that “control” is out of my control. (Now…if I can just remember it all.)
My sweet therapists, Greeshma and Reshma, have been a quiet blessing every day. Here at Kalari Rasayana, they usually switch therapists out from day to day, or at least from week to week, but for me they kept these two smiling girls pretty much the entire time I was here. (I’m guessing they thought that my health situation was complicated enough that I might need some extra support.)
I will always remember Greeshma’s beautiful smile and Reshma’s shy looks as she’d see me each morning. These two have made all the difference in getting through these sometimes scary treatments…no doubt about it.
I have a confession to make. Dr. Sankar’s full name is Dr. Sreelal Sankar and he actually goes by Dr. Sreelal.
In parts of India, the last name of the man is usually the first name of his father. The boy, once he becomes an adult, is then referred by his first name as a last name, for example: Dr. Sreelal for short. I didn’t learn this until about a third of the way through my time here, so for consistency sake, I just kept referring to him as Dr. Sankar in my articles. But for this, my last reference to him, I am going to set things right.
Thank you Dr. Sreelal, for all your hard work and dedication. You have taught me many things. “Let things go, be patient. You must look for calmness in the peak of stress. Life is a journey. Take things slowly. Health is a complex system to maintain.” And, the funniest lesson of all – is the little phrase that you shared with me to constantly remind me what causes ulcers: “hurry, curry, worry.”
The three culprits that start all the trouble in your gut. For me the three things that led to my ulcers.
1) When people are constantly hurrying around, rushing from thing to thing, not living in the present.
2) When people eat curry (or some other spicy food) that eats away at the lining of their stomach.
3) Worrying about things that are out of your control.
These three pitfalls are the source of all my troubles. I need to learn to say goodbye to them once and for all. (I’ll try to chant that to myself every so often so I don’t forget it, but I’m betting it will be harder in Mumbai, than here in a resort on a peaceful lake in Kerala.)
WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Unity is strength…When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” — Mattie J.T. Stepanek