There seems to be unavoidable shifts going on in my life,
the kinds that even if I wanted to protest or put a stop to it there is no option,
time keeps moving on,
and yet standing still.
I am endlessly happy, but also have some sadness in my heart.
These are things that I grow stronger and better from.
I am learning to let go of control and just trust myself in return...
I have been living by the new Feist album.
It seems to be covering all the emotions I am feeling
and evoking all of the strength that my spirit needs.
I can't even really put it into words.
Lately I have been thankful for my knowledge of using plants as medicine,
Elderberry (syrup) has been a real comfort for this obstinate cough that seems to persist
and for the numerous herbal tea concoctions that I combine for health and for pleasure...
Have I ever mentioned how grateful I am for tea?
In my mind it is a perfect and invaluable medicine,
both for the body and the soul.
When I do consultations or educate others about herbal medicine
making tea is always the first and foremost remedy that I teach.
It is a wonderful way to be present in the process of your own healing.
It requires more than just swallowing a pill or gulping down a tincture.
You have to have patience,
to wait for the time to pass and then slowly sip...
There is a need for purpose.
The plant world has helped me find purpose.
It is a lifestyle and a passion, not just an interest, hobby or job.
It is steep in passion which creates relationships with these green spirits.
A quick Elderberry syrup recipe:
1 cup fresh (or 1/2 cup dried) elderberries (always the blue ones!)
3 cups water
1 cup honey
In a saucepan bring elderberries to a boil in the water, then reduce and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
When done, smash the berries and strain the mixture through a fine cheesecloth.
Add the cup of honey (or honey to taste, which is what I do because I never really measure anything!)
Bottle and store in the refrigerator.
Should keep for a few months.
*Optional to add while simmering:
Happy medicine making!
Things that I am grateful for today:
-That spark in my solar plexus that makes me want to create...
and have a dance party, even if I'm all by myself.
-Knowledge... Of any kind, this directly connects us to the universe, to spirit.
-Laughter and good friends to share it with.
-Music that speaks directly to my soul.
What are you thankful today?