Seeds of Intrigue is a monthly column from moi that features some of the best ideas/posts from our Artist and Healer Network. Spanning over three decades and diverse cultural, political, and spiritual herstories and communities, the Network is the essence of pluralism.
This month our theme/workshop is Healing Bridges, so I posed the question, "What do you do to nurture wellness? Contain illness? And bridge the two?" The question was inspired by our proverb of the month, "Harmonious health nurtures what is well, contains what is ill, and bridges both."
Here is what Jimena Quiroga Hopkins, founder of Transforming Ways, wrote:
So where attention goes, energy flows and what we expect is much easily manifested. Continuing with this example, I have my own beliefs and understanding about colds and believe that if a person has a cold it is because there is something at the emotional/spiritual level they need to resolve. Therefore, that has nothing to do with me and I cannot "catch" it from them. I have not had a cold in about five years now...pretty much the same amount of time I decided to change my beliefs about it.
I try to remember to drink a lot of water, especially early in the day so I don’t forget. When I feel stressed, I try to remember to breathe deeply and consciously relax.
When my chattering monkey-mind gets going and won’t stop, I sometimes mix a little of a powdered root called ashwagandha, an Indian ginseng, into a glass of water. It helps quiet the chatter naturally and gently.
Since I’ve started using a green-foods concoction (which I also stir into a glass of water), I’ve found that I feel better and (mostly) stave off illness. It helps get lots of micronutrients into the system, along with the bacteria to digest them.
And last but not least, I’ve found that communicating creatively with friends—whether in person or in writing—feeds the spark of life.