Some other things sprouting up this Spring include some tweaking of Chrissannthemum labels. I'm working on that now actually. One night I was staring at a jar of Ylang Ylang sugar scrub I had just made and well, kept staring at it for a while. Something was missing. As an herbalist I see myself as someone who walks through a field of wildflowers, herbs, trees, plants, shrubs...you name it, while being surrounded by my animal companions and guides, whether they be domesticated, wild or in Spirit. The process of translating that image into artwork is challenging but a lot of fun. So far so good.
Although I am a spaz at social media and not exactly a member of its fan club, there are so many things to share about herbalism and all that relates to it. Soooo I am going to turn over a new social media leaf and begin sharing herbal road adventures more. The subject of herbalism is HUGE, so vast it is sometimes overwhelming. I went though a phase when I thought I needed to know everything about every herb, spice, plant and so on. That didn't last long as I wound up decreasing my knowledge base. If you have felt that way here is a suggestion that helped me out greatly. Stay in the present herbal moment. That a-ha moment came from remembering what I read in Bruce Lee's book, the Tao of Jeet Kune Do. In his book he expresses that we get what we need from different experiences and that's it. So for example, if we do not finish a book to the end, then that is all we needed to get from that source. In herbalism terms, if I am researching Senna, I do not have to be concerned with what Turmeric is doing, and I do not have to know everything about Senna, just what I need to know for that moment or a purpose. Staying focused on the herb(s) right in front of me has helped in appreciating the process, whatever that process may be. It is also a great lesson on the difference between learning and studying. Since I love photography, my guess is the new social media leaf will turn in that direction. We shall see!
That's some of what will be springing up soon at Chrissannthemum. More to come!
Wishing you your own seeds of change and images of beauty.