Isn’t that a bit too much activity for one person?
I managed before, but now I can manage everything more easily. There were times when I did much more. Sixteen to eighteen hours a day six days a week, and then Sunday mornings as well. When you are successful and things are running well, you do such things. However, experience shows that the bill comes later. That was no different for me. As well as the high pressure of work, there was also the irregular daily routine. With so many journeys in different time zones – in my busiest years I travelled more than 450,000 miles – there was no question of a “normal” daily routine.
What were the consequences?
“Through the treatments in Bad Ems I believe I have gained a better feeling for my body. In daily life I am more sensitive to my needs. And what is good for me is also good for my business.”
That all left its mark. I do not want to relate my whole story, only so much – at one point I had done too much and realised that I had to do something different. I began to look for a way to deal with the daily stress in the shortest possible time. It was Dieter Thomas Heck, a good friend of mine, who said to me, “Go to Bad Ems. There is a large hotel with an Ayurvedic centre.” He had a good experience there, so I followed his advice.
And how was it?
Well, Maharishi Ayurveda sounded a bit unusual, but the recommendation was one I had to follow. When I arrived in Bad Ems my scepticism soon disappeared. Dr. Karin Pirc and her husband, Managing Director Lothar Pirc, were initially responsible for this. They were very competent, friendly and inspired confidence. Dr. Pirc first gave me a check-up and came to the same conclusion that I had – it was high time for a rest. That is what I did and it was a good thing I did.
Sounds like you had a good experience. Did you stay with Maharishi Ayurveda?
Oh yes, of course. I have become a great fan. Since then I have taken many Panchakarma treatments in Bad Ems. It is hard to believe, I know, but the rest, extra sleep, the wonderful treatments, good food and interesting lectures worked like a fountain of youth on my body. I am a completely changed person and totally convinced of the benefits of Ayurveda.
And what have the effects been on your work and family life?
Very positive. You know, over time the repercussions of daily stress create their own dynamic. I have always been full of energy and over time kept doing more and more. My expectations for myself and those around me were continually increasing. I was fussy and always critical of others. Over time I became unbearable. I wasn’t bad, but terribly nervous. Today, thank God, it has changed. Within my family, as well as my business, we all get on much better. I have become a “team player”.
You meet with many managers and businessmen. Do you recommend Panchakarma treatment to them?
Of course – and not just to them. In January I had a wonderful time with my whole family here. I have also been here with some of my colleagues. The managing director of an investment company enthused about a new feeling for life after his first treatment.
But very often you probably hear the argument: I don’t have the time!
That’s right. But my feeling is that if you don’t have time yourself, then give someone else Maharishi Ayurvedic treatment as a gift. I have done that a number of times.
It is precious for health. It is wonderful when one can help those whom one really likes, to improve their health in this way.
Can you integrate the Ayurvedic recommendations into your daily life?
I do a lot of things differently now. I try to take things easier and take more time. Naturally that is not possible all the time, but one can do a lot. For example, a business meal does not always have to be heavy food with x number of courses. Even my colleagues now appreciate it when a light and easily digestible menu is served. But I don’t live like a monk – definitely not.
Modern managers take time out for self-development and wellness courses.
Is Maharishi Ayurveda an alternative?
It is a question of knowledge and realisation. I have taken many of these management courses. They are mainly just a strain for the body and don’t necessarily produce any mental freshness. Ayurveda has given me the opposite experience. The treatment, lectures and advice bring you closer to yourself and open up new horizons. Through the courses here at Bad Ems I think I have a better feeling for my body and handle daily life in a better way. And what’s good for me, is good for my business.
So, a royal path?
For me, definitely. It could be for many other people, too. You have to be aware of the possibility and not close your eyes to it. There are already managers that are ill because of stress and it’s very important for them to be better informed and discover this method.
Thank you for talking to us.