Remember- Joy HarjoExcerpt:
"Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
Tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them.
Listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
Origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
Remember you are this universe and this
Universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is grown, is you..."
Follow link for full poem
Image by Anastasia Krutota- Unsplash images
Nurturing Energy- Sun Bu'erNurturing Energy (the same for men and women)
The basis starts out uncontrived;
Unexpectedly it falls into the temporal.
As soon as a cry issues from the mouth,
The tongue is in control.
What's more, it's worn out by sense inputs
And entangled by illness.
When the child is well nourished, it can benefit the mother.
Talk no more of not turning around.
from "Immortal Sisters: The Secret Teachings of Taoist Women" trans. by Thomas Cleary
March & April SchisandraSchisandra berry-
Schisandra chinensis (five flavor fruit)
"Schisandra isn’t typically used as a food. But it has been used for medicinal purposes throughout Asia and Russia for generations.
"In traditional Chinese medicine, Schisandra is considered beneficial to qi, the life force or energy inherent in all living things. It’s thought to have a positive impact on several meridians, or pathways, in the body, including the heart, lungs, and kidneys."
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February- Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris)In Chinese Medicine, used in moxa, where it is burned, much like incense; the smoke travels through meridians, regulates qi and blood and promotes heat/ expels. It also has analgesic properties.
For disease prevention, as a tonic that helps bolster organ health and immune system.
Treats: menstrual issues, pain, insomnia, liver tonic, digestive issues, and more.
Western variant: Artemesia ludoviciana; not to be confused with Wormwood Artemesia absinthium, also medicinal, used differently
Song of Myself, Walt Whitman[Image:Jaio Ferrao, Unsplash]
"Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,)
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self." Click link for the whole poem...
“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript of a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.”
"Do not think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It is quiet, but the roots are down there riotous."
February- Ziwa Universal Love“Universal Love commands attention. It is needed to bridge the gaps. It is needed to unite mankind. It draws us together in strength. It is waiting to be shared freely without holding back. Universal Love radiates warmth. It touches the Soul. It frees the Mind. Share it freely.” (p. 189- Zibu book)
January- Rikomana- Listen Within (p. 115)