I am about 1 month into my 6 month herbalism workshops at Farmacy Herbs (www.farmacyherbs.com) and its amazing! The classes are one day a week for 4 hours and they are making my last few weeks of teaching middle school livable! The classes take the edge and dread out of my Mondays and they started at just the perfect timing.
To say I have become spritually drained by urban, public school teaching is an understatment.
This experience has challenged me more than I can process quite yet, but it feels a little something like this Taylor Swift Parody:
Well…. anyways, it has put me face to face with opposing forces (hope / dispair) (love/ fear). So, at this point, yes I’ld rather be reading up on the herbs then have one more dead end conversation/complainant with folks who dont have th courage to dismantle this abusive system…
Of course, like most things, I am taking away so much more from these classes than the intended, face-value information on the medicinal uses of herbs. For one thing, I feel at home at Farmacy and Cemetery street. I met Mary Blue ( Providence Herbalist) about 7 or so years ago through friends and have watched the herb shop, farm ,and education center grow to what it is today. Simply being there is recharging and clarifying. Especially considering how rapidly and drastically my life has transitioned in the past few years ( motherhood-divorce-writing rebirth-new life-and-stuff), Farmacy very much feels like my constant…
A highlight so far has been my general awe of the natural world. We talked about Mullen and how it stubbornly finds its way pretty much any where: gardens, wooded lots, even cracks in the sidewalk. Mullein can be used for several aliments especially coughs and congestion. It is considered to be a respiratory aid. Interestingly, Mullein is known to grow tall by the side of highway-a place that is known for its constant contact with air pollution and lung irritants. Nature, it seems will always have the last word.
So, I am inspired to come up with my own……….(drum roll………)
Nada’s Philosophy For the Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired
Learning about Mullein has inspired me to come up with the following ratio: Nature=Life=Love
love: expansion and fear: contraction
If Mullein ( love) can break through cracks in the concrete and thrive, well… we could break through this old shell of a world that no longer serves us…all those old instituations education system/capitialism/patriarchay…are already ripping at the seams. We just gotta keep pushing through…we gotz no where to go but up.