While out on a medicine walk with my canine companion, Güstav and I crossed paths with this beautiful Coyote...
Her behavior struck me; though I have the utmost respect for one of the most adaptable species on our planet, and have always known Coyotes to be curious, inquisitive and fearless, this one seemed to be carrying a very important message with a sense of urgency and deliberation ...
Iśvara Pranidhana :: From the Yoga Sutras, one of the Niyamas -- inner observances to carry us along our path toward union -- meaning "from dedicated devotion to supreme consciousness". Surrender.
This practice of surrender, of turning ourselves toward dedicated devotion to supreme consciousness, is not apathy. It is not giving up, or ceasing to care about or to act in support of the matters that are important to us. Rather, it is an acceptance of that which is beyond our control. It is a willingness to see beyond our finite understanding. It is an offering of trust, of faith, of hope. It is not easy.
Life is made of fleeting here and nows
Joys and sorrows
Valleys and summits
Questions and moments of clarity
Through it all, the river flows
Drop by drop into the miraculous vastness of eternity
I remember standing on the water's edge
Then, dipping my toes in
Slowly I learned to submerge myself, inch by inch
One day, perhaps, I will understand that I am the river; the river is me.
We are alive at a time of great change; a time of great struggle, and immense opportunity. Humanity is faced with many challenges, and we possess within ourselves and within our communities unfathomable abilities suited to steward in a time of tremendous happiness, health and harmony for all of life.
This month, I was honored to be featured in the teacher spotlight for Dabble...
I was honored to be invited to lead a donation based workshop geared toward providing simple steps each of us can take to boost our own immunity. Inspired by the overwhelming incentivizing of the influence vaccine, along with substantial evidence to suggest it may not be worth such incentivizing, I have been asked to offer some other solutions before jumping on the vaccination wagon.
I do not wish to participate in fear-mongering, judgement or shaming on either side of the debate; I encourage everyone to do their own research. Here is an example of the pro-vaccination platform. (The earlier link I referenced is on the other side of the debate). Seek out many sources, compare notes, and make your own decision; after all, I am firmly rooted in my belief that we as individuals are responsible for our own health, and the more we know, the more empowered we become.
Whether or not you opt in for a vaccination this year, time tested earth medicine is undeniably effective, when used properly, and there are a lot of steps we can take and botanical allies we can enlist to improve the quality of our health and overall wellbeing flu shot or not.
I prepared a short handout, complete with some recipes revolving around 7 staple botanical allies and the delivery methods we can use to receive their benefits. Here is what I put together:
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability