On Mothers Day, “I gave birth to you” is by far the most powerful statement anyone could make. “I washed your butt” is probably the second most.
Some years back, I wondered at the futility of being a man. All alone on this planet, there was really nothing I could do. Perhaps that one advantage women have over men led man to project an overpowering, strong image of himself from ancient times.
No matter how much the world seems to be run by men, at home, it is the mother who decides how her child grows up. It is the mother who decides what her child eats, what her child learns, what her child grows up to – or not to be. Well, not just her child, but everyone else in the house as well.
For some months now, I’ve been thinking of the best way to maximise the number of people I can help this lifetime. I think I have the answer. Mothers.
A patient who came in recently has been taking a daily dose of turmeric for a severe allergy that she suffers from. When I asked her what prompted her to take the turmeric powder, she said ‘Amma told me’. I smiled, remembering the number of times my sisters and I have given the same explanation when asked why we were doing something. It came naturally to us to simply listen to what amma said implicitly, because we subconsciously knew that she knew best.
Some months back, Janani (my green-connect-expert sister) and I were wandering a few streets away from the office, when we spotted a jamun tree laden with dark purple, very ripe jamuns, many of which had fallen and smashed themselves on the road and under the wheels that drove by, unheeding. We could not resist ourselves – we picked up a chunk of dried coconut fiber lying by the side of the road, and began throwing it at the tree, collecting as many jamuns as we could. Suddenly, a voice behind us shouted, “Hey, what are you doing? I don’t think you should be throwing that in a public space. Someone could get hurt”. We turned around to see a mother with her child, walking on the road.
We explained to her that we were just trying to get some jamuns to eat and were doing it in a safe way, but she refused to budge until we left the place. We walked to the office, nursing our wounded egos, and promptly went to amma’s room and stood behind her for about ten seconds until we realised what we had done, unconsciously! Running to amma seemed like the natural response to the situation, we did not even think about it. After we realised it, we smiled at each other and sauntered off, feeling good inside.
I think I’ve finally understood, a healthcare revolution can only be brought about by mobilising people who really care – Mothers. Mothers hold the health of their family in their hands. Traditions and practices that we were following in India until very recently were focussed towards health. Every mother knew how to keep herself and her family healthy. Unfortunately, today, many families have lost this knowledge, because of many reasons. If I can help them learn the best way to keep their children’s and their families’ health safe, then I can help improve the health of generations to come.
Imagine a world where every mother knows exactly how to keep her child healthy. Almost no one would fall ill because of their lifestyle. Because, admit it: if amma told you to do it, YOU’D DO IT!
Happy Mothers Day. 🙂
If you are a mother, and you’d love to be a part of the revolution; If you wish to ensure the health of your children by making sure that he or she has the best tools to keep them healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually as they grow up, do get in touch with us for details of our Healthy Family Program, encompassing:
- Personalised Natural Nutrition program for each member
- Nature Connect program: Connect the Nature inside to the Nature outside. Experience what it is like to be truly connected.
- Child Connect program: Learn to talk to kids in a way that they learn, not fight.
- Simplified Kundalini Yoga meditation and introspection program for teenagers and adults
- Yogic Games program for children
Looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂
Dr. Achyuthan Eswar
Physician – Naturopathy, Yoga and Acupuncture