thinking about…friends…healing…food

A few things.

I am, for the first time in a while, returning to a pure and clean diet. Fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, healthy fats. And of course herbal tea. If you’re interested in hearing about it, say “aye.” If I hear from enough of you, I’ll start talking about it.

I’ve decided there will some day be a backlash against the faux. I saw an article in ELLE about one writer’s experience with hair extensions that were so amazing they actually looked like real hair (I didn’t read it, but this is what I discerned from the title). With advancing technology, we have accelerating power over our appearance. It’s not just hair dye anymore, it’s butt implants and eyelash extensions. At some point in the future, it may be commonplace to buy everything from hair to height. (Seriously. They’ve already learned how to stretch people. Google it.) Eventually, people will get bored with it. We will begin again to find beauty in the unique. We will celebrate our differences rather than our so-called perfectionist ideals. It’s just a thought. (Did I mention that I once had hair extensions?)

I’ve been thinking a lot about my girlfriends. They are spread around the globe in places like Costa Rica, The Netherlands, Uganda. I miss them. Even the ones in the Pacific Northwest.

I’ve been thinking about healing lives. From the same ELLE magazine I mentioned above, I read an article about life coaching. (Can you tell I don’t get to read magazines very often?) It got me thinking. We’ve conquered industrialization and communication. We have modern medicine and air travel. What’s next? What else could we, as a global race, possibly need?

Happiness. Or at least a better understanding of ourselves so that we can recognize happiness when it stares us in the face, confused.

There’s a movement towards healing lives using words, journaling, prayers, meditations, life coaching, exercise, yoga, food, reikki, energy clearing, crystals, communities, aromatherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal therapy, the list goes on and on and on. Like maladies, alternative remedies are endless in scope and breadth.

via alternativemedicineaz.com

The demand for alternative therapies exists because man has a hard time with life. In centuries past, we’ve been preoccupied with foraging for food or tilling the fields or fighting the attackers or baking the bread or seducing the milkmaid to think much about happiness. Or maybe not. How am I supposed to know what our ancestors were thinking about? Maybe they searched for happiness, too.

But we’re not in Salem anymore, dear readers. Women (and men!) are free to read palms and prescribe flower essences without being drowned in the lake or burned at the stake. The best part is that if you let it, this stuff actually works. I can drink a cup of tea and Find Serenity. I can eat dark leafy greens and feel alive. I can take Elderberry Syrup to make my cold go away. I can be as supple as a baby after a massage. I can quell my anxiety with yoga. I can take on the day after I work out. I can heal my life through writing.

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10 thoughts on “thinking about…friends…healing…food

  1. Just like you Lucy, I really missed all my girlfriends and they are all away from me…I missed the way we hang out…

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  2. This is something I’ve been thinking about, especially the faux. The Oscars scared me, so many talented people changing themselves physically.
    I’m not sure there will be backlash, but I am certain there will always be an army of people who prefer the natural. And the happy.

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  3. Yes, I am interested in hearing about your new diet. I once only ate pure food as a vegan but then with time, I lost the discipline/motivation to continue.

    I have never heard of faux. I must google now. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. That’s the only problem. It feels great to eat so healthy, but I worry all the time that I’m going to crack. The key is finding a way for it to be sustainable, which is even more challenging when you have two tiny mouths to feed. Both of my kids are picky and getting pickier!

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  4. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if the world put more energy into finding cures for illnesses rather than trying to find ways to make everyone look “pretty”?
    Ps. I’d love to hear about the diet.

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    1. Yes, it would be fabulous. Maybe we’d have less disease in the first place if we spent energy on taking care of ourselves instead of everyone else.

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  5. There’s nothing more I can wish with except to have a healthier body at a time, balance diet+ nutritious foods and workout is the best way I see for this…

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  6. I’d love to hear more about your pure & clean diet! I’ve been putting more focus on that these days too.

    I’m starting to believe that discontentment is just part of being human – that’s probably why we’ve invented and discovered so many things in this world, because we are always searching for more or bigger and better. Maybe the winds of change are blowing now and that’s why so many of us humans seem to be looking for simplicity and contentment as means of happiness?

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    1. You’re probably right. It’s human nature to be “unhappy.” Which is sad. Life is so complicated, and there is such an excess of information, we are definitely on a search for simplicity. Hence all of the “rid your clutter” posts out there!

      I am crafting a post about my new health quest 🙂

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