Of all the healing modalities on the planet, I was struck today how open-hearted communication is the key to well-being and a sense of purpose. I was walking with intention, on a mission while training my dog. She got completely distracted by a lady striding down the street towards us. It was difficult to keep her from jumping forward but as this woman approached she told me not to worry because all the dogs loved her and that she, in turn, loved dogs. 20 minutes later, after telling her how she had made my day, I was in awe how such a chance encounter could lay out, so understandably, the meaning of life to the fullest. This woman was 85 yrs old, lived in an independent seniors residence, walked 4 times a day and was so thrilled that her lunch was included in her rent which was geared to income and so was stress-free. We talked of many things in that 20 minutes – she had a lot to say. When she said good-bye and continued on, I knew then that engagement with other people, to the fullest and with an open heart, could cure all the slight depression and stress-caused maladies. She left having no clue how she showed me the ways in which I still keep to myself. My ‘playing my cards too close to my chest’ routine.
In my healing practice, I have spoken to people about Nutrition, Reconnective Healing, Shamanism and Ceremonial pathways but it is the spontaneous heart-felt human interactions that can change your day and, in so doing, your life and state of health. If we could clone that beautiful old lady, the doctors and health care professionals would be looking at much different pathways towards health and well-being.
So……, even though I love Plant Medicine and its capacity to heal; without engagement with other humans, the show won’t go on as brightly. Is there a remedy for that? Well, yes there are! Esteem and Joy help to break down the barriers that keep us from engaging fully with all the world has to offer.