Blog # 28: A Walk in the Woods
As you no doubt have noticed by the seventh and last blog on flower essences, this remedy is a type of energy medicine, and is more subtle than medications or herbs. You can begin to discover the mood-altering effectiveness of flowers and other entities in the natural world by simply taking a walk in a wooded, secluded area, such as a forest preserve. Quiet your mind for a moment and check in on the mood or emotion you are currently holding. You may also discover other, more hidden emotions during your quiet moment. Then, as you walk, be open to colors, shapes, fragrances, and sounds that appeal to you. Maybe you will be drawn to a large oak tree or a clump of violets. Maybe you will see a feather, or rock with unusual colors or markings. You might choose to pick up and hold the item or you might just observe it. Whatever you choose to do, focus your entire attention on this discovery for a minute or even several minutes, and then check your emotion or mood. Has there been a change? If so, what kind of change? You could do this several times during your walk. This was probably how the first flower essence practitioners developed their repertoires and skills.
Next month, I will begin a new series of seven blogs, this time on chiropractic adjusting and health, particularly orthopedic health. Chiropractic is a relatively down-to-earth, grounded topic, very different from these last seven blogs on flower essences. In case you haven’t noticed, I alternate a series of seven blogs on grounded, down-to-earth topics with seven blogs covering more “new age” energetic approaches to health and wellness.
This month’s offer: in honor of the summer solstice and all the beautiful leafing, blooming plants, I will be at the North Park Village Nature Center on Sunday, June 22 at 1:00 pm to accompany anyone who shows up on a walk and demonstration of how we can tune in to plants and other aspects of the natural world in order to grow more calm, happy, focused, optimistic, or whatever else each of us might be seeking. We will meet by the fireplace. The walk will leave at 1:05 pm. The Nature Center’s address is 5801 North Pulaski Road, in Chicago. If you are driving, turn east at the traffic light at Ardmore, which is just south of Peterson Avenue. Feel free to contact me with any questions at (773) 274-6827 if you intend to show up.