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Friday, April 12, 2013
I took this picture while on a walk with Sasha Daucus, an herbalist from the Missouri Ozarks. There are many ways to know about botanical medicine. Our culture places a high value on research-based, evidence medicine. I believe there is value to be had from this system. There is also value to be had from other ways of knowing, too--clinical experience, empirical evidence, book learning, experiential learning, and other systems of knowledge such as Western folk traditions, Chinese medicine, Aryuvedic medicine, and homeopathy. I believe no one system holds all the answers, but synthesizing the knowledge from several different systems will point the way.
An herb walk with Sasha Daucus is simply a delight. While she shares her "book learning" of the plants, she also invites you into the experience of being with the plants...to notice the patterns, the sensations, the experience--because they have value, too. Simply experiencing a walk in the forest among plants can be restorative and healing. Sasha invites us to try this other way of knowing by walking in the natural environment without naming and labeling. What are plants without their names and labels?
I invite you to check out Sasha's Facebook page... http://www.facebook.com/thegoldenlightcenter and to observe some of the beautiful images she shared with us.