It’s hard to describe how I’ve been feeling the last several months. The last few years really. Life has been overwhelming for so many of us, including me. Despite not being active on the blog, I have released a few podcast episodes, grown a bunch of ganja, played guitar, and got back into an exercise routine.
None of it has come easily this year and I am grateful that I have been able to “accomplish” anything at all. Early on in my adulthood I chose a different kind of lifestyle than what is perceived as normal. Now that cannabis is the mainstream, I find myself wishing for the “good old days.” Not the fear of punishment for growing medical cannabis, but for the serenity of the old-growth redwood forests and the community that we had in Humboldt and Mendocino counties.
I know many of us are struggling to find our new place in the world. A lot of us feel lonely, insecure, and unsure of what lies ahead. You are not alone. Our society (and dare I say, the world) is having a serious identity crisis. The idea that our worth is defined by how hard we hustle and how much money we make is dying fast, as it should!
I look forward to the day when our worth is measured in our acts of kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others. Until then, I will navigate this life with as much gentleness and love as I can. I will also do more of what lights me up, like teach!
Tomorrow I will be at the American Herbalists Guild Annual Symposium giving a pre-intensive class on Preserving the Herbal Legacy of Cannabis Culture. In February and March 2024 I’ll be at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Lafayette, CO teaching several classes, including 3 Free Qi Gong classes. You can check out online and in person classes on my website
I’d like to leave you with an offering to attend an online grief circle on October 22. The gathering is facilitated by one of my best friends, Willow Meili, of the Grief Well. I have also included the podcast episode Willow and I recorded back in July.