When I started this blog, I was in conflict. I think of myself as a writer, dammit. But I'm also an herbalist. I
I didn't want to write-- exclusively-- about herbs. I didn't want to be-- exclusively-- an herbalist. I was afraid that somehow my artist self was going to be swallowed up by my herbalist self. I'd started my journey into herbalism when I was pretty creatively blocked.
By the time I wrote my first post here I'd worked my way out of the block, largely thanks to years spent learning about medicinal plants, and through them deepening my relationship to nature and my body.
When you enter into a relationship with a plant, learning all about it firsthand by touch, smell, feel, taste, listening to the sound of its leaves in the wind, and listening to your intuition about its healing medicine-- it changes you.
When you gather its flowers or dig its roots and make herbal preparations that then cure your ailments-- your aches and pains, your grief, your scattered mind, your brokenness; it gives you strength. Its incredibly empowering. So then of course you can make your music, or dance like no one is watching or... write a play. You can speak clearly. You can step into your power instead of giving it away. Having a relationship with the medicine plants is a portal into the sacredness of the earth and your own body.
Marsh mallow flower, wild harvested last July, Brooklyn, NY.
So, as you may be able to tell, I'm passionate about this stuff. And what's been coming up for me lately is that... I have to share it. More. Its needed. What's that line from T.S. Eliot? 'Hurry up now, its time.'
I love lots of things: Poetry, dogs, dancing-- even dog dancing. The theater has my heart. But the sacredness of the earth... that is what I know. That's the part of me that feels like a clear channel from sky to earth and back again.
So I'm going to write more about that. Not exclusively. Oh no. (Don't worry scared inner writer--I'm not boxing you in.) I think that I'm just ready to claim something. Some knowing. We'll see.
Feedback is good. Are these topics-- deepening relationship to nature-- sacredness of body and the earth--- hands on herbal medicine-- of interest to you? If you enjoy this blog, what would you like to read more about?