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We are the medicine

Seeking for spiritual comfort and answers can lead to introspection. We all look for answers, at one point or another, and there are many ways to do so. When reasoning doesn't bring all the answers, let our heart speak. And let nature inspire us.

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.Hans Christian Andersen

You can practice meditation, go for a nature hike (walk will do too) or hug a three, and yes, it really works! For me, it allows me to root me back to earth when I tend to go all mental. Trees vibrate in a way that has a positive impact on people suffering from issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, poor concentration, depression and headaches.

India has its own historic version of tree-hugging. The Chipko movement of the 1970s, which gained traction as a way of resisting damage to forests, was all about embracing trees. Chipko, meaning “to hug” in Hindi, reflected the movement’s primary tactic of clinging to trees to prevent loggers from cutting them down. The movement (inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance), attracted support from millions -- many from local communities that depended on the forests for food and fuel, and indirectly for water purification and soil stabilization.

Alternatively, you can exercise deep Pranayama breathing as demonstrated by Dr Athira Shiji in her video, or turn to aromatherapy and use Lavender, widely used by aromatherapist.

Some turn to healers and I discovered María Sabina (her full name is María Sabina Magdalena García), a Mexican healer and poet. She was born into the Mazatec ethnic group in 1894 and came from a small town called Huautla de Jiménez, in the Sierra de Oaxaca, located in southern Mexico. Her father’s family had already included several shamans.

She was probably the most famous Mexican healer to have ever lived. Her history and reputation led her to serve as a bridge between the mystical and ritual worlds of her people, and the mystical exploration of the Western world.

María Sabina - The priestess of mushrooms

This is her poem "We are medicine", which I'd like to share with you.

“Heal yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Heal yourself with mint, neem, and eucalyptus. Sweeten with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a hint of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar and drink it looking at the stars. Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground and with everything that comes from it. Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with your forehead. Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier. Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember ... you are the medicine.”

There are a couple of videos about her on You Tube, mostly in Spanish, but I also found a movie in English about her called "Woman Spirit". If you are interested in alternative therapies and are open-minded, I really suggest you have a look.

We don't have to rush to pain killers, medicines, drugs, alcohol, dangerous behaviors or impulsive actions (which we are bound to regret eventually), the answers are right here, inside each of us and with Mother Nature.

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