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I urge you to find a way to immerse yourself fully in the life that you’ve been given. To stop running from whatever you’re trying to escape, and instead to stop, and turn, and face whatever it is. Then I dare you to walk toward it. In this way, the world may reveal itself to you as something magical and awe-inspiring that does not require escape. Instead, the world may become something worth paying attention to. The rewards of finding and maintaining balance are neither immediate nor permanent. They require patience and maintenance. We must be willing to move forward despite being uncertain of what lies ahead. We must have faith that actions today that seem to have no impact in the present moment are in fact accumulating in a positive direction, which will be revealed to us only at some unknown time in the future. Healthy practices happen day by day. My patient Maria said to me, “Recovery is like that scene in Harry Potter when Dumbledore walks down a darkened alley lighting lampposts along the way. Only when he gets to the end of the alley and stops to look back does he see the whole alley illuminated, the light of his progress.

~Anna Lemke



Notes on Mullien

By ANA

In the book Anastasia, she talks about planting seeds by holding them under your tongue first, then holding them up to the cosmos and waiting 3 days to water them. That way, the seeds have information from your DNA & will make medicine specific to your needs.

I did this last year and, since, random allies have been popping up out of no where.

With my second time getting covid, my garden gifted me mullein

The Mullein plant with her golden yellow flowers can be seen presiding over fields and open spaces throughout most of the world. The common name Mullein is a derivation of the Latin word ‘Mollis’ which means soft and refers to the texture of the leaves.

The first documented medicinal use can be traced to Dioscorides 2000 years ago, who wrote about her use for pulmonary conditions.

Mullein has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

Her dried leaves were traditionally used as a tea infusion supporting pulmonary and respiratory function.

Her seeds and flowers in both fresh and dry form have been infused in warm oil for external preparations.

Native American cultures have smoked her dried leaves in ceremonial and medicinal blends

I simply harvested and dried her leaves, thanking her for her medicine. I also spotted some cleavers (great for moving and cleansing lymph). I made a strong infusion from the 2 and sipped to soothe my throat and lungs and to support my body in fighting the infection.

Next time you’re out on a walk, see if you can spot some mullein. She’s growing everywhere right now.

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