I woke up this morning, crawled out of our bed and my head was filled with the kid's cold and so, I was in a bit of a cranky way. Thankfully some sunshine, Diatomaceous Earth and a barefooted walk cleared things up. Perhaps not in my mucus-filled head, but for the rest of my spirit, it served me quite well. The Sun has a funny way of making the most dismal feelings vanish. Just a little vitamin D and we're good to go.
I walked around to find that the kale is still growing and green. I actually found a lot of life in our space today. The lemon balm is still coming along under all of the snows that covered them only until the other day. So green, so lemony and delicious, it's just what the healer orders for days where it's dismal. Picking some in the Sun to save for a rainy or snowy and dark day seems like a good plan if you haven't already harvested your Winter stores. I'll be leaving what I find because I picked it all season long and made up 100's of teabags to get us through the Winer months and the blues that sometimes hit us when we're least expecting it. Oh, that lack of vitamin D can be so unfair and difficult!
I'm taking my time with the morning posts now. Some will come out in the wee hours of the morning while others might not be posted until closer to noon or even after. Whatever works is what will happen on any given day. These morning posts are very therapeutic for me to write and they help put my days into perspective. Perspective is something a great many of us need to change for our own sake and peace of mind in order to get out of the funk that 2016 has left so many in.
I can say that my 2016 has been quite balanced. For every single positive there's been a negative and vice-versa. There was personal and collective loss had by all. There were major advancements gained by many and still so many setbacks as well. Some people took the loss of celebrity quite personally this year and I have to say it shook me a bit as well.
Are the stars as we once knew them simply dead on the whole? Is there no special status for celebs anymore so 2016 was a big send off? Is being famous not so elitist due to social media and the like?
Still, with all of my good sense and understanding, the 10-14 year old girl in me was sad this year. Sad to see so much of my artistic influence snuffed out. At the same time I recognize it as a way for others to take up the torch and start anew. It's time for new artists to push new boundaries. I don't believe that art and artistry are dead any more than I believe that the famous will fade away. I simply think we are in a space of great changes. That is the whole of it. Like a switching of the guards. Who's brave enough to pick up the torches and run ahead for all to be inspired by? Who will be the seductive muses of the next?
I have kept saying 2016 was balanced and truly for me, it was. For every thing I tossed away I caught something amazing. For every dig someone took I recieved double the praise. For every attempt of discreditting of my craft I was able to show people how to change their lives for the better and the proof is in the proverbial pudding. Nothing was a detriment even though some days it felt so heavy and so hurtful. Truly it was all balanced though. Especially when you take the time to sit and weigh it all out.
I did 2 really wonderful workshops in 2016 which pushed my comfort level for public speaking, even though I have been a speaker at conferences and festivals in the past, this was different. I'll be doing more workshops in 2017 so stay tuned to the facebook page and this website for more information. I enjoyed every minute, loved meeting new people and being able to share my experiences.
I've had great success with my tincture-making and being told that someone's doctor can't understand how certain symptoms and ailments just simply 'vanished' brings me a sense of peace and elation .
I created a tincture for these crazy full moon's that leave me restless as I tossed and turned far too much this last Summer. A few less drops and I have something to calm me when I get overstimulated. I played with a new asthma healing herb that's still being played with and tested by my delighted guinea pigs. Thank-you to everyone who allows this mad kitchen alchemist the ability to test her wares. You're doing a great service to me and yourselves. So many of you have come back to me with wonderful stories, some alittle gross, but never anything of detriment from any of my many concoctions. We all have a good system we've worked out and I am so grateful to you all.
When someone of very unreputable self-worth decided to try and sabatoge my sales of hotsauce, myself and others found another way to share without money exchanges. I learned that although thousands of people sell homecooked 'everything' from their homes with pets and unapproved kitchens, that it only takes one individual to ruin everyone's fun. That being said we went back to some old fashioned ways of aquiring goods from one another. We created a decent system of barter and trade and no one was forced to go without something they truly enjoyed because of one petty and childish person. I got to learn information I was unaware of through this experience. I was able to created more solid relationships with people in my community because of this blessing that was disguised as an attack. I've never wanted to thank someone for trying to destroy something I was doing before but hey, you, green-eyed monster, thank-you! You catapulted things forward for me. I am so grateful for your efforts. Thank-you! Not only that but you unwittingly knitted a community closer together and they rallied around me and others like me. You started a ripple and the rest of the community created a wave. Well done! I wish you nothing but success in your ventures and hope you find happiness and peace one day with all of it. Now please, don't go away mad, just go away.
New Moon Medicine
I've been preparing for this New Moon without even realizing it. I venture a guess that I'm not alone and that before today several us, truly connected to our spirit have been doing the very same.
As I read over the post today coming from Mystic Mama these words spoke to me most:
Take some time for yourself. Take stock of this year and all it's lessons and blessings and realize that everything is exactly as it sould be and that you are working towards being even more spectacular that was imagined. It's true, you're on your way. Don't stand in your own way any longer.
Happy New Moon !
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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