In the world of Earth Medicine, the healing realms of plants, animals, and stones (rocks, gemstones, earth, etc., think animal, vegetable, mineral), there is so much to see and experience. We can also look up to the Sun, planets and outer cosmos for insight and inspiration.
Every day we have the opportunity to make meaning of what comes our way from the natural world, and also seek it out when we are in need of curative results. I’m reading all about the Perseid meteor showers today and anticipating a beautiful show under the beautiful Oregon blanket this week. I look to the skies to balance my earthy nature, to lift me up and show me the world from a different perspective, as I suffer a bit from myopia down here on the ground sometimes. It’s my natural gesture, to be up close and personal with the plants and animals, and helping to mediate the natural world. It’s always been a great comfort to me and so I find myself returning again and again, to learn, to pay in gratitude, and to recharge.
I think this return to blogging is also sort of like that. I’m getting to know myself again after ten evolutionary years of writing online. One thing the Facebook issue has taught me (among the many lessons) is that it’s easy to get lost in the chaos-the sea of everything else rather than the wee pond of what’s in front of me. I love my little pond, my SouLodge community, and real conversations. I have missed them greatly. I’m still on Facebook today, as I and my team reorganize our groups and make the move consciously, trying to take care not to leave folks hanging, but I am looking very forward to the day coming soon when I can say goodbye!
I’m deeply appreciative that I get to reacquaint myself with my voice here and hear yours with more focus.
Here are a few differences I’ve noticed since the preliminary breakup with Facebook:
- My mind is free to daydream (an underrated pastime).
- I feel much more creative energy, which happens when we detox-all overstuffed channels begin to move again.
- I felt a sense of dread when I checked in each day about what I was going to see that I didn’t want to.
- I love the challenge of dreaming up something more beautiful and aligned with my ethics and what I want for those who participate in Lodge.
- I’m writing again, in my journal and here, YAY!
- I get to link to people/articles/neat stuff as much as I want to without crowding up my timeline! (You have to read The Web We Have to Save to fully appreciate this one.)
- My visions for how I want to spend my time and what I want to do are more clear.
- I realize that I’m part of an exodus greater than just my own- that by coming back home to my site and looking for supportive resources which enhance our experience rather than distract us, we can get back on track-and back outside with our focus on the earth and sky-the real medicine.
So, here’s a challenge. I know many of you were bloggers back in the day. Tell me, what do you miss about your own writerly voice in your own writerly space, if anything? What is your relationship to your voice? What beautiful, close-up details get missed in the sea of social media?