August 18, 2012

Be Well: Nature Is Our Teacher



“You gotta swim
Swim in the dark
There's no shame in drifting
Feel the tide shifting and wait for the spark
Yeah you've gotta swim
Don't let yourself sink
Just find the horizon
I promise you it's not as far as you think”
-Jack's Mannequin

I've been ruminating on some serious things lately, but be sure to check in on Monday for a lighter post, a raw soup recipe that will surely delight the tastebuds! My kitchen is overflowing with fragrant tomatoes from my CSA, so there's no way I could keep them from making a star appearance. And now on to today's thoughts.

I sometimes get caught up in an endless cycle of troubleshooting when something feels off in my body. This stems from having to figure out most of my problems on my own, as one may have deduced from my last post. My thoughts race from one hypothesis to the next. Did I eat something wrong? Is it because I didn't get enough sleep? Is it because of a stressful encounter with an intense person? Did second-hand smoke aggravate me? The voice of reason inside me tells me that while it's smart to be aware, being overly analytic isn't in my best interest. During one of my head-spinning dissections of my every feeling, I came across a great video with a moving analogy for the struggles and failures that we encounter in life. We really can interpret many useful lessons from the nature surrounding us. When we are tuned in and ready to listen, nature is our best teacher. You can find the video here.

After the video, I was pensive in thought, wanting to shed my unanswered questions – I don't want to become like stagnant water – in favor of flowing toward the well. As I was pondering my move forward, I received word that a beautiful soul had passed away. She was best friends with one of my best friends, so it was no surprise that we had a natural affinity for one another. Living in different cities, I only spent a handful of times with her, but time is arbitrary when it comes to kindred spirits. She was a fellow vegan who I remember to be genuine, kind, and uniquely herself. I loved her endearing, quirky sense of humor. I was so saddened to hear of her passing, and I am sending peaceful thoughts and an abundance of love to her family and friends during this difficult time.

My emotions and thoughts about this news gave me great pause. I want to be well, I truly do. I want to banish my worst days, not only for myself and my quality of life, but for those I hold dear to my heart. I want to be there for them when they need me and be well enough to share endless joyful moments. Fixating on unexpected paths will not get me anywhere. I must let the current carry me and trust in the process, for in nature's wondrous balancing act – for good and bad, in triumph and heartache – all things must pass.

“Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
Its not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away”
-George Harrison

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