Attaching Meaning

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How we attach meaning to events in our lives has a large influence on the quality of our life.

The meaning we assign to our experiences, whether pleasant or distressing, is a very powerful factor in determining the quality of our lives. What we imagine events to mean affects the way we feel about ourselves, about the people in our lives, and about the world at large. If we want to encourage a positive outlook, well-being, and a sense of self-confidence we can start but observing the significance we attach to what we experience. 

Imagine, for example, that a friend fails to show up to a coffee date squeezed into the middle of a busy day. You have choices as to what you will make this experience mean for you. You could begin to mentally attack your friend’s character and their lack of respect for you or you could assume that something big must have happened to cause them to miss the date, taking the opportunity to enjoying some down time alone. 

These situations arise more than we realize and each is an opportunity to retune how we perceive the world around us, and thus, or experience in it. When we begin to bring consciousness to what we are making things mean, it can be surprising to see the messages we have been feeding ourselves. Try taking the reigns and begin assigning a kinder meaning to the events in your life and you will likely find yourself on a much more pleasant ride. 

 

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.