It is amazing how many burdens we can agree to carry at any given time. Not just our own but also other people’s burdens: the plight of our Earth, our depleted environment, our race’s survival, war, and on and on. These burdens are not ours to carry. They often turn out to be real drawbacks for our hearts. We are meant to live life in joy, together with others in community, learning, moving, flowing, like water. Working, observing, assimilating, taking things in. With gratitude for the chance to be alive, to be experiencing, breathing, smelling, singing, touching, moving, feeling.
The interesting thing is that often we take on burdens so that we can project our attention outside of ourselves, delay doing what we need to be doing or tending to in our lives, in ourselves. It takes courage to realize this, to cut through the illusion of the burdens and to begin finding our purpose and doing whatever it is we are here to do. I am very fortunate. In my Plant Spirit Medicine healing practice I get to witness this kind of courage very often.
Plant Spirit Medicine helps us heal our hearts
Besides offering us their wonderful healing in treatments, the plant spirits and Nature can also help us heal our hearts by encouraging us to let go of these burdens. Here are 3 healing practices you can do to help heal your heart:
1. Jot down your burdens, your worries, your concerns, and those situations you can’t control. Offer them to a body of water, to the trunk of a tree, or to the Fire. Go out in Nature and read them or speak them and leave them there in some ritual form. Just as the plant spirits are immensely generous, they and all of Nature can receive these things from us so that we can be refreshed, renewed and freed from our
2. Swim in a body of water (or soak in a bath with gratitude for the gifts of water) and visualize that when you emerge you are in fact renewed and rejuvenated, like a new baby, like a new person.
3. Sit by a fire, especially out in Nature and speak your heart with others or with the Fire. See It transforming the energy of your words, your dreams, your wishes, your burdens.
As a current student of PSM I am always inspired and excited to read your blog. Bless you for sharing this powerful medicine with the world and for supporting the courageous path of the Heart.
Dear Karla, Thank you with all my heart. Blessings to you as well for taking on the path of this powerful medicine. I am sure your plant spirit medicine healing work will benefit our people hugely and in strong, magical, powerful ways.
Beautiful, just beautiful Adrilia. Its amazing how many things we try to control that we can’t and yet in doing so shut out the voice of our hearts. Thanks for this and for the practices, I know sitting by a fire for me always helps to open up and clear out my heart.
Sending lots of Love your way,
Such appropriate timing for this article. Thank you Adrilia! It’s a great reminder to remember what to hold-on to, and what to let go of, so we can remain in tune with what helps us grow and thrive and be joyful.
Thank you, Vel. Yes, that is a great point — we do choose what to let go of and what we want to focus on in order to have a life of joy. When we can let go of things and situations that do not serve us, we make space for things that nourish us and and help us thrive. Discernment is a big part of achieving healing and balance.
Thank you, Tony. Right back at you. Sending lots of love to you and also kudos for what you have made possible for yourself and others by opening your heart, sharing your fires and listening to the call of Divine.
Dearest Adrilia, thank you for this reminder, I wholeheartedly agree, Nature in all her forms – loving us and guiding us, beautiful!
Wonderful words of wisdom. It makes me realize how many burdens from others can take away what is needed to move our lives forward. Definite food for thought. Thank you so much!
I always enjoy Reading your blog. We can all learn a lot reading your blog. I try to take it all in.
Your words ring so true. Being compassionate for me often means taking on the burdens of others which is not only unhealthy, but could deter them from doing their own healing.
Thank you for your insights and perspective.
The goal is not to abandon others, but to journey with them.
Thank you for your heartfelt words.