“While we live our bodies are moving particles of the earth, joined inextricably both to the soil and to the bodies of other living creatures. It is hardly surprising, then, that there should be some profound resemblances between our treatment of our bodies and our treatment of the earth. ” Wendell Berry
Her heart of darkness is a bird named sorrow.
He flaps his wings once for no
Twice for tears
Three times, just for exercise.
Sorrow flaps twice and the eardrums of those passing by
Speak no more of lineage
Of those who came first because
They did not make you.
You were born
In the same instance when
A bird was sighing, a man crying, a child
Understanding, but not quite yet
That sometimes you must see the rise and fall
Of your own
To know you are being.
Sometimes you will
And not quite know, and
Other times you will know and just barely
We went to the mountains recently and had a wonderfully peaceful weekend–hiking, reading, yoga by the river, used bookstores, Indian food…it was a great success! I came across a used book that caught my eye, The Wisdom of Healing by David Simon, M.D. I’m just getting started in it, but I wanted to share this bit of wisdom:
“People can naturally maintain physical well being by living in a way that fosters good health. Nature provides certain internal signals, and when we heed them we are much more likely to have our desires fulfilled. This does not mean that we never experience anger or destructive thoughts and feelings. But if we look deeply and honestly inside ourselves, there’s usually a quiet voice directing us that allows us to structure the sequential steps to get our desires met. If we’re also getting toxic external messages that distract us from our inner wisdom, genuine satisfaction will always remain elusive. We’ll always be looking outside ourselves for the solutions to what are essentially internal needs.”
That thought, coupled with this post from Andrea Beaman about detoxifying our bodies for winter, have me thinking about ways to clear away the clutter and center myself in a new season. Andrea lists many good ideas–with that in mind, here are a few recipes I’m eyeing this week:
Miso-Curry Squash + Kale–a tried-and-true favorite!
Guest blogging for the wonderful Alva Leigh today! http://alvaleigh.com/