As I write this from Los Barriles, a small ex-pat town in the desert surrounding the Sea of Cortez, I sit blissfully listening to the wind whip down the valley into the sea. The cowbells from the wandering goats and cattle remind me of temple bells and they instill a sense of calmness in me.
There is so much life in this desert and yet I can only identify a couple of plants since I don’t spend much time in this environment. There is something that looks very similar to ocotillo, but has more branches. A local told me the name and I can’t remember. A plant ID book is on the list for today.
The desert has always made me feel anxious. The last couple of years I’ve been trying to get over this aversion to it and coming to where the desert meets the sea is the perfect opportunity to have the best of both worlds!
Today I encourage you once again to go outside of your comfort zone.
Do something that scares the shit out of you! Then think back to why you had that fear. What does it feel like to know you have looked it in the eye?…and lived to tell about it!
Off to the beach, so I leave you with a tea that will help open you up to the infinite possibilities of your life (it’s very simple and very bitter)
Spirit of the Mushroom Tea
1-3 small Reishi Mushrooms (Ling Zhi)
1 quart of water
Decoct the reishi mushroom in the quart of water for 20 minutes-2 hours. Or boil the water and cover the mushrooms, let sit out under the moon. Strain tea and drink ½ cup. Sit quietly and listen to the wisdom that awakens within you.
When energy flows, wellness grows