For me and many who have turned towards their own sovereign mental and physical health, the word “normal” may have always seemed a little weighted. When our entire way of life is lived at a dangerous remove from the natural systems which sustain us, one has to ask whether or not the normalcy it created was ever really that healthy.
Alright! In betwixt the spiritual and the mental prep, you’ve also been doing some physical prep for your eventual re-entry into polite and not-so-polite society. It’s possible that a lot has changed with you since this all began. In fact, it’s possible that your daily yoga or Peloton routine has kept you alive and sane throughout the entire pandemic.
Around the terrain here in Tahoe, you’ll occasionally see the bumper sticker “Too ascended to be offended.” This always makes me shake my head — it reminds me how quickly WE enjoy doubling down on all the things we imagine THOSE people can’t stand. Because by now, everyone should have gotten the celestial download on spiritual bypassing, but they aren’t if they haven’t learned that far from ascending or transcending, spiritual bypassing represents complacency and paralysis.
Earlier in the year, we were called to send out an email regarding the infamous QAnon Shaman, and the toxic ideology he and his kinfolk brought into the White House. While our country has moved on to other collective pains since then, the embers still glow.
Over the past four years that we’ve opened our Medicine Box, we’ve learned one important thing about plant medicine: people need to complete the circuit. It’s never been about a magic pill that makes a person all better. Community and collaboration fill in the blanks.
Within and without this state, Lake Tahoe is seen as a pristine paradise. People from the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of the world come here to escape from the chaos and uncertainty of their daily lives. The shifting climate realities of this region, however, has informed us locals that these problems have already arrived.
In an interview last year with Anderson Cooper, the veteran BBC nature filmmaker Sir David Attenborough stated, “In the course of this particular pandemic that we’re going through, I think people are discovering that they need the natural world for their very sanity.” Stands to reason that WE will probably go crazier if it keeps dying out.