Week of October 28, 2014 - A Beginner's Mind

Monday, October 27, 2014 7:23 PM | Anonymous

Beginner’s Mind

Are you a beginner in herbal medicine? Or are you an old hand? Whichever you are, Beginner’s Mind is the mindset I recommend.

Herbal medicine is best when approached with an attitude of discovery and a willingness to fail. That is how beginners do it. And that is how it is when we are in beginner’s mind.

I found myself saying recently that the reason we need teachers is to show us which rules can be broken, which can be bent, and which need to be followed exactly. I am an absolute bear about weighing out the one ounce of herb to be used to make a nourishing herbal infusion, and about having it be one, only one, herb. But I am happy to support your experimentation with vinegars, tinctures, and oils. (So long as you make simples and combine them if you are experimenting with combinations.)

Beginners in herbal medicine are very important people to me. I want to spark your interest in herbal medicine. I want to help you learn to identify plants and their families. I want to be the one who shows you how incredibly simple (and fun) it is to make herbal remedies. And, of course, I want to help you understand how much of your remedy to use and when to use it.

It takes seven lifetimes to become an herbalist. Perhaps that’s because we need lots of chances to forget what we think we know and come again as a beginner, with Beginner’s Mind, a mind that is full of awe and wonder.

That’s why I am including in this week’s ezine not one, but two recipes easy enough for any beginner. I suspect I have shared them with you before, but that is one of the essences of herbal medicine: repetition. I make nettle soup over and over again, week after week, year after year. But I can only make pom-pom cordial for a few weeks out the year.  Enjoy!

All of my courses and classes are simple enough for the rankest beginner. All my books and audio/visual material are written for and created for the greenest novice. And the work-exchange weekends that we will be having during November are perfect for beginners. How wonderful that old hands find benefit too. Ah! Repetition. There is no end to our learning about herbs and health. The spiral turns.

Green blessings are everywhere.

~ Halloween Weed Walk ~

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