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Is it WRONG to Earn Money Helping People with Ayurveda?
We recently received a couple of comments on our Facebook page that surprised me, but I was really glad to have this brought to my attention:
“The first mistake in an Ayurveda practice is accepting money for something that was meant to be free! Human to Human. This is a very important point when it comes to healing people.”
“I agree…He is absolutely right. I’d like to ‘unlike’ your page, how do I do that? No harm intended, but it isn’t healthy to think of or practice Ayurveda as a business, or to think of making money from the needs and suffering of others.”
I figured that if two people said it, there must many others who also feel that way…and there’s probably at least a little bit of that in all of us since I haven’t met a single Ayurvedic practitioner or Yoga therapist (myself included) who started studying Ayurveda and Yoga because they thought it would be a great way to get rich! We get into this because of a passion for health and consciousness and a desire to meaningful purposeful work that helps people.
I’ll share a few thoughts on this, and then I’d love to hear from YOU. So please leave a reply at the bottom of this post and let us know your thoughts on this topic.
Money is currently our main medium for valuing things in our society…it’s a vote for our priorities. The U.S. Department of Labor’s most recent survey showed that the top areas where Americans spend money are:
- Housing – 34.43%
- Transportation – 15.61%
- Food – 12.99%
- Insurance – 11.15%
- Everything Else – 10.45%
- Health Care – 6.37%
- Entertainment – 5.49%
- Clothes and Services – 3.52%
The fact is that when we spend money on something, we’re more likely to value it, and when we invest in our health and consciousness we are prioritizing these areas of our life so that we are more likely to make important changes. Investing in a health program is actually an essential part of following through and getting results!
I also know that unless a wave of independently wealthy individuals decide they want to start offering free professional Ayurveda services to the public, practitioners are going to continue to need to charge for their services, and that when practitioners approach their practice as professionals with professional programs and professional rates, it’s easier for clients to feel confident in the value and trust enough to invest and get support transforming their health.
I’m obviously a fan and supporter of Ayurvedic practitioners and Yoga therapists being able to make a living doing the work they love. I believe it’s good for them, good for their clients, and good for their communities.
What do you think?