Over the weekend I had the opportunity to teach at my favorite herbal symposium in existence today. The Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium is the Heart medicine that we all deeply crave. There is a collective healing that is palatable and at times so thick that you have no choice but to witness the truth of your own pain. It is beautiful. I am so grateful for the women that work endlessly to provide this space for us all.
A highlight of the weekend for me was stargazing with Stargazer Li. A fantastic story-teller and mischievous medicine maker, Li has given me an even deeper fascination with the cosmos. As we lie on our backs and gaze out into the universe, Li mentioned that what if in fact we were looking down at the sky and not up, as we have no idea where we were in the rotation of the Earth. The sensation created in my mind and body when I thought I was above the sky and not below it was exhilarating. It made me feel weightless, formless and in the infinite void (WuJi in Chinese medicine).
It is moments like these when we remember our wildness. There are no physical barriers or limitations to what we are capable of achieving. It is all in our perception, attitude and awareness. When I am totally aware that I am connected with everything around me, I feel limitless, endless and free. This is our true nature- connecting, communicating, exchanging with all of life around us. I am blessed to have stepped into those moments and allowed myself to open up to their gifts.
I leave you with a tea that I hope will inspire you to open up to your own gifts, and to your true, wild nature. You will need good gloves to harvest these herbs- they are covered in prickles and thorns (like many of our paths in life!)
I’m Wild and Free Tea
1 handful wild nettle
1 handful wild horsetail (unopened)
1 handful wild blackberry leaves/flowers/berries
1 handful wild roses
Make a sun (and/or moon) infusion with 1-2 quarts water. Strain (or not) and drink deeply.
When energy flows, wellness grows