Past Events Shape How We Meet New Experiences

Our experiences color everything. The events of the past can have a profound effect on how we see our lives now and what we choose to believe about our world. Our past experiences can also influence our emotional reactions and responses to present events. Each of us reacts to stimulus based on what we have learned in life. There is no right or wrong to it; it is simply the result of past experience. Later, when our strong feelings have passed, we may be surprised at our reactions. Yet when we face a similar situation, again our reactions may be the same.

When we work to understand these experiences, we can come that much closer to understanding our reactions and consciously change them. 

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.   Viktor E. Frankl

Between stimulus and reaction exists a fleeting moment of thought. Often, that thought is based on something that has happened to us in the past so when presented with a similar situation later on, our natural impulse is to unconsciously regard it in a similar light. While modifying our reaction by modifying our thoughts is difficult, it is a worthwhile undertaking to understand past experiences that led to a conditioned, unconscious response.  This work can help us to see and experience formerly unpleasant situations in a whole new light and allow us to stop reacting unconsciously. Learning the reason for these reactions also helps us put aside a negative reaction long enough to respond in more positive and empowered ways. Then, our reactions and responses then become about what's happening in the present moment rather than about the past. As time passes, the hope is that the negative thoughts lose strength, leaving only our positive thoughts to inform your healthy reactions.

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.