Lately, I’ve been guided to ask myself this question: what’s your medicine?
What little rituals do you have?
Where and what do you eat?
What do you read?
What conversations are you in?
Do any of these contain good medicine? What “life vitamins” are you taking to keep you well, supported, right-side up, happy, shining, loved even?
My teacher Kelly Sunrose has a mantra; “You are your own medicine”. Elena Brower talks about your gifts being your medicine for the world, what you uniquely have to offer is your medicine.
What do you do, that you know and trust is good medicine for you? When you do these things, or visit these places, how do you feel? How you feel, or how we feel, lets us know if this medicine is good or if its just a placebo.
Here’s some medicine suggestions:
– Nature. Being in nature, smelling, looking, listening, feeling. Nature is a healing balm for us all, and it doesn’t need to be fancy. It can be local and easy! You could wander into your backyard, sit on your balcony, raining. A favourite of mine, which I didn’t even realise was “medicine”, is to go outside at night and gaze at the night sky, to take in that beautiful picture before bed time.
– Bath. Sometimes I light candles, add a few rose petals and some music. Taking the time to immerse myself in the warmth of a bath can be quite the medicine before the evening finishes.
– Bike. I adore my red bike! It makes me feel so happy, as I leisurely peddle my way to class, coffee, the shops. I can slow down, my senses get to absorb the beauty around me.
– Poetry. I am in love with Salt by Nayyirah Waheed and The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche. I don’t need any more books, probably not for many years (but we will see how that goes!!). For me these books are calming and grounding, so much depth.
So, think about your life, your days, your rhythm. What do you do, that feels so good to you? It might be different to mine, it might be same-same. But it’s so good for us to find out what they are, so when life is all topsy-turvy, all “average”, or the boat feels like its sinking, we can turn to these medicines!
Soak in them.