As the days steadily grow shorter and cooler, I am called to spend a few moments appreciating the uncomplicated beauty of the garden. As sentient beings, plants possess an ability that perhaps we could all benefit to experience within ourselves.
It was roughly 18 years ago that I took my first steps towards my journey of healthy living. It was a challenge to find information as I didn’t have a computer to do internet research. I bought some books, watched documentaries, made phone calls, and visited the library a few times. But I still needed more, I had so many questions. I wanted to know “why”. Why were certain chemicals detrimental to our health, why was the quality of our food declining, why were certain foods “bad” for us, and what did that even mean?
What is alternative medicine? According to Merriam-Webster, alternative medicine is any of various systems of healing or treating disease (such as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula of the U.S. and Britain. I often write about methods that may be considered alternative modalities to enhance our well-being. This may include a plant, food, activity, or supplement. Rarely do I utilize only one method, instead, I apply the holistic approach to my life. This means that instead of viewing a symptom or an issue as needing to be “fixed” or eliminated, I view the body as a whole. The whole includes our physical, mental, and spiritual aspects.
It was three years ago, this month, that I wrote my first blog post for Earth Gypsy Evie. However, this wasn’t my first site. In 2005, I created my first website, Evie’s Earth, with the intention of sharing information about healthy holistic living. I maintained this site for several years and then decided to start a blog instead. This new blog was created in May 2010. It never went further than being created- life was busy, the time wasn’t right, and the virtual cobwebs decided to take over.
Even though it was over 20 years ago, I have a distinct memory of one of my Tae Kwon Do masters reminding us to “tend our own garden and not waste our time looking over the fence at the neighbors garden.” At the time, as we understood, it was with the intention of encouraging our group of testing students to work on our own training.
Hop into my car and you may be treated (or tortured?) to a variety of tunes. It could be Slayer, Dio, Bad Religion, perhaps, Blackmore’s Night, The Beatles, Spiral Dance or even Bob Marley. Maybe even a sprinkling of Madonna, INXS, Johnny Cash, or Scott Joplin. When it comes to music, it’s easier to ask what I don’t listen to. I like a good balance. As a matter of fact, I apply this concept of balance to most of my life.