Wow this weekend has been wild! So much is happening, in sync with the newly emerging Vernal season. Every year the beginning of Spring feels like a brand new year, and I know tons of people who share this sentiment. The first blooms popping up out of a slowly warming Earth remind us that the struggle of winter is coming to end. Winter’s struggle is different for everyone, and it could range from a plain lack of love for cold weather to debilitating mood shifts, getting out of Snowmageddon and off to work, or for far too many, finding shelter and food and safety.
In my not so humble opinion, Winter should really be a time for grounding down, resting, working gentler, going inward, and using less energy overall. Spring welcomes emergence from the hibernation, providing relief and adventure to those who have developed cabin fever, and a glorious opportunity to live as the Narcissus blossoms – brightly shining in sun and cloud, stoked about the fact that YOU, yourself, are an amazing presence to behold – whether you do anything ‘spectacular’ or not!
It’s also a great time to use some of the energy you’ve been reserving during winter – burn it off and generate more – doing things that you love. Creating the life you want and the interactions that feed you. Yesterday was such a day for me. I was exhausted by the end of it, but so satisfied with the Spring-ness of everything that I did, that sleep was welcome and anticipation for the morrow settled deep down in my soul.
What did I do yesterday that felt so good? I used my energy wisely. I got up early and headed to Rag and Bones bicycle coop, where the annual Bike! Bike! Southeast is happening this year. A good friend of mine is very involved in bike culture and all kinds of activism, and has been working at the coop since its inception. When I heard this casual conference was happening here in RVA, I offered to have Rebel Herbal sponsor the event with free tea. I set up a table and a FREE TEA! sign, talked to some folks, ran an errand for the organizers, and a few hours later checked out for a bit.
During the checkout time I went to the second meeting of the Richmond Herbalism Guild. My heart swells to think of such a group existing here in Richmond. There were about 15 people in attendance, and one of the group founders gave a nice talk about Violet. I’m really excited to participate and share in the teaching and learning that will happen in this study group, and encourage anyone interested in learning about herbs to join up. You can find them on Facecrack here: Richmond Herbalism Guild
At the meeting I met so many wonderful, amazing, incredible humans that I can’t wait to get to know better. We talked about future events, planning a garden at the Temple of the Cosmic Mothership, tasted some intense tinctures by a local medicine maker, and shared in the gratitude of this group coming into being. I think a lot of goodness is going to come from it. Rebel Herbal will be sponsoring the group with Free Tea! each month. The next meeting is April 9 from 2-4, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be an overview/herbalism 101 type of talk. I’ll be teaching about one of my plant lovers at the May meeting. Can’t wait!
These are the types of days that give me a little of everything I need. Social interaction, education, service, celebrating plant medicine, building new relationships and reunion with existing ones, exercise, and quality rest. This Spring it is my intention to immerse myself fully in all the Earthy-spiritual-healing activities I love, without overextending and with holding space for times of quiet reflection. The plants speak to and through me, and this is their guidance. I encourage each of you to utilize the energetic magnificence of the approaching Spring season to dive deeply into what fuels your passions!