I have been frustrated and fearful lately. Frustrated at our political system, upset about humanity’s disregard for life, and angry with myself for the insecurities that hold me back from living my truth. I am afraid that we have taken our consumption and greed too far. I fear we have done irreparable damage to the planet. I fear that the one in five plants that are becoming extinct are warning signs for human survival. I mourn the devastating loss of countless species that have perished because of our unrelenting desire for power. I mourn humanity and our genocide of countless other life forms.
There are many days that I don’t know what to do with these thoughts and feelings. At times I can push through and think that the planet is equipped with ways to deal with our destruction. In other moments I am hopeful that we will gain an unyielding understanding of what needs to be done to reverse global climate change and evolve into a more enlightened, compassionate species.
Most of the time I remain realistic and know that the Earth will prevail much longer than the human race. We are but one species in a long line of beings that have come and gone before us. Our damage may be irreparable to us, but life will live on. I am grateful for that. It is enough to keep me peaceful in our violent world.
It is with the love of my husband, family, and friends that I have the courage to acknowledge these personal truths. It is in my women’s circle and at herbal gatherings that I gain the clarity to move beyond emotion and into action. It is Nature herself that gives me the strength to carry on and to share to my thoughts with you.
I am grateful for my knowledge of herbalism and the deep connection I have with the Earth and her cycles. Despite my fears I will continue to be strong. I will be a voice for the plants and I will spread as much love as I can . I will continue to share the innate wisdom of plants with anyone that will listen. I will overcome my fears of being misunderstood, dismissed, or ridiculed for believing a different paradigm is possible. I wish the same for you.
I spoke on the The Shift Network’s Plant Medicine Summit with David Crow last Thursday and was reminded once again of the intricate connection with our plant relations. Listening to all the speakers share their stories and love of herbs filled me with deep joy. Something I realized I haven’t felt in years.
I have been cynical and fearful about the future of our planet and that heaviness has now lifted. Many of us are on the plant path and listening to wise people like Margi Flint, David Winston, and Dr. Vasant Lad, have renewed hope for the healing of so much trauma. We are on a long, evolutionary journey that spans so far into the past and future that most of us can’t even imagine.
I know cannabis is good for our personal evolution. Our endocannabinoid system tells me so. We wouldn’t have so many receptors for cannabinoids if we did not evolve alongside it. Cannabis has been cultivated in parts of Asia for at least 10,000 years and there is some evidence that we may have been using hemp as cordage for 26,000 years. With each plant that gains recognition for its medicinal properties, we move one step closer to healing ourselves and our planet. I am honored to share the medicinal and spiritual properties of cannabis, alongside all of my other herbal allies.
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These days it is way to easy to disregard our feelings as some of us are overly sensitive about Everything! The news and social media have infiltrated all of our lives- and we are having trouble processing it all.
Some of us get to take a break from the real (and alternate) news, but inevitably it is going to affect us all. Turning off your computer, going on a walk in nature, playing music- all are super important to keep us sane and balanced with all the sensory overload.
What is even more important is helping out your community in whatever way that works for you. If it’s donating your time to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen- that’s awesome! If it’s hosting free or donation based yoga, acupuncture, herbal classes- that’s great!
You know what may be even better. Actually looking at your neighbors in the eye, saying hello, asking if they want to have a cup of tea, helping them bring in their groceries….the list goes on and on.
If you don’t have the energy to be active in your community, be a good neighbor and engage with those that live around you. It only takes a couple of minutes to let them know you are here if they need you.
I am very grateful and inspired by the billions of people worldwide that have participated in direct action for the equality of Women, Muslims, LGBT, and anyone that lives south of “the border.” Your compassion and courage is seen, heard, felt and respected!
I am working through my own emotions surrounding those that disagree with or choose not to participate in direct action. I am also sitting with my own feelings about how far I am willing to go to continue the momentum. The blatant disregard for me, as a woman, as a human, as a being of this Earth, is too much to just sit back and pray that “they” will change their actions.
We have to start by changing our beliefs if we expect our actions to reflect true equality. We have to acknowledge our own conveniences and prejudices if we say we really want equality for all. What does equality for all really mean? Equality for all means the end of a consumer lifestyle that depends on labor conditions we privileged would never work in. Equality for all means a living wage for farm workers that grow and harvest all of our food. Equality for all means no mines and pipelines through other peoples land.
A lot to assimilate before my transformation can begin. We are all just people, most just trying our best to make it in this world. We are in this together. How do we choose to co-evolve?
I always come back to my plant allies when I’m having a hard time accepting things I don’t want to hear. I think of Chen Pi, tangerine peel, used in Chinese medicine to regulate digestion and help with assimilation of both food and emotions. I like to diffuse the essential oil of Citrus peel when I need help digesting the realities of our world. Citrus’ ability to transform energy is not to be overlooked.
Take some time out today to notice how you are digesting the things that affect your life. When we begin to assimilate these experiences, then can they be transformed. I am with you as we shift our perspectives and paradigm.
Terpenes are found in plants and animals and are responsible for the aromas that we are all so used to smelling. As terpenes have contributed to the evolution of all life on Earth, their therapeutic value can not be stressed enough.
Close your eyes and think about peeling a fresh juicy orange. Can you smell that familiar citrus aroma? You’re smelling compounds within the large family of terpenes. Do you love the smell of lavender? Terpenes are responsible. How about the smell of conifers after a refreshing autumn rain? Terpenes again.
These fragrant compounds not only hold many of our childhood memories, but they have contributed to the formation of our limbic, immune, endocannabinoid, and endocrine systems. Our ability to regulate temperature, mood and appetite are all functions of the limbic system. The limbic system is also responsible for olfaction, or smell!
The connection between plants and humans is so ancient we have forgotten who are ancestors are. I encourage you to go out and smell some plants- allow yourself to let your memory take you places you may have forgotten long ago.
More on the limbic system in Thursday’s blog, when we will explore what compounds you smell when you crush up a bunch of lavender, walk past a pine tree, and peel that juicy orange. Together we’re going to have an olfactory buffet!