This is only my second year consciously foraging. Ive always been one who likes to collect shells, rocks, flowers and stones. So far i've been finding it truly realigns me with the cycles of the Earth and the Moon. Certain plants bloom near the Summer Solstice, and some at the Fall Equinox. Picking plants on the full moon, and making medicine on the new moon. We live in cycles. Our world lives in cycles. I love connecting and tuning into the natural rhythms.
Foraging and making medicine are a work of art, together connecting us to the world around us, and intentionally to the world within us; embracing the wild both inwardly and outwardly. Like any art piece, medicine making is a wonderful process, where if you allow your intuition to guide you, the end result will end up being authentic, pure, and potent. Truly made with and from love.
I believe that all of us should know the plants around us, even if we don't choose to make medicine with them. They are dying for us to honour and notice them, to say hello on our walk to work, and once in a while grace them with our touch. The plants are our healers, here to teach us lessons in many forms. By communing with plants, and other nature spirits we can truly tap into an interconnceted web of life that can transform our daily lives into one of pure magic.
People in our world have lost touch with themselves and the earth, and I believe it goes hand hand. We are so deeply connected to the Earth, so when we forget who we are, we undoubtedly forget who the Earth is. It is time to remember that we ARE Nature. We need to stop pretending that we are a separate force. We live in and among the cyclical rhythms of Gaia.
This is why I forage, to stay in touch with the Earth, to honour the cycles, to heal myself, and because the Earth needs it.