Embodying Ceremony


This time of year our energy is going back into our roots. The plants and ecosystems around us are dropping back into the soil and gathering energy from the depths of the earth. Autumn brings a cozy feeling of connecting with family and turning towards sustaining our hearth. Cooking hearty soups, raking leaves, slipping into sweaters, and warm beverages are ways of ceremonially pulling our energy in and grounding into a sense of home. Having a ceremonial posture is an embodied posture of turning our attention towards a specific intention. Ceremony and ritual is something we partake in everyday, even when we aren’t consciously doing it. Some of these are cultural habits or norms and some we create for ourselves.

How do we create these spaces? How can we align ourselves with our deepest longings and pulls?

Taking the time to quiet your mind and soothe your nervous system can bring you into a state of listening to the voice that only you can hear. Sometimes this voice feels more like a quiet whisper and other times they are loud arrivals of our souls song. Poetry is another tool I incorporate to bring me into a different kind of awareness. David Whyte has recently been calling to my depths.

Good poetry begins with
the lightest touch,
a breeze arriving from nowhere,
a whispered healing arrival,
a word in your ear,
a settling into things,
then, like a hand in the dark,
it arrests the whole body,
steeling you for revelation.

In the silence that follows
a great line,
you can feel Lazarus,
deep inside
even the laziest, most deathly afraid
part of you,
lift up his hands and walk toward the light.

-David Whyte (The Lightest Touch)

I find that the more I create intentional and sacred space to listen to the deepest parts of myself, the more I become familiar with the language through which my soul speaks.

Some of the tools I carry with my being to aid in a ceremonial posture are poems, dance, playing and engaging in conversation with nature, smudging with my local plants, teas, special rocks or crystals, and ceremonial sprays. I find that each day is different than the next, sometimes what helped one day may not be what I need the next day. This dance of figuring out what works for you is part of the practice of being a creative being.

At The Herb Shoppe this month we have created a line of Ceremonial Mists to help align with the deepest callings and insights within. Herbalism is way of connecting to the earth right under your feet and to bring you into an embodied way of being in a place. There are many tools in our current culture to pull you out of a posture or state of place. By connecting with the plants and communities that surround you you are engaging in the longtime rooted tradition of herbalism.

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Amelia Weesies

Amelia Weesies is a Michigan native who was drawn to the west coast for her love of tall trees and an affinity for holistic healing. As a sprite young sunflower Amelia began dancing in her back yard, twirling amongst the tall grass, trees, and throughout her mothers garden. As a dancer her curiosity for movement and its healing abilities allured her into the world of Yoga. While practicing yoga as a means to find union and synergy in her health Amelia was introduced to the world of naturopathy. Experiencing a lifelong challenge with anxiety and panic attacks she finally found herself in the office of a naturopath in Durango, Colorado. Two weeks into completely changing her diet and using herbal supplements Amelia understood that our relationship with food and plants is vastly expansive. Amelia is amazed at the body’s ability to heal itself along with the role herbs play to assist in healing.

Amelia is twirling through and exploring the world of academia and hopes to merge her curiosities of the earth, movement, and spirituality. When she’s not sashaying through the forest or in a down dog, you can find her reading Harry Potter for the seventh time, creating new hairstyles, or listening to The Robcast.

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