Like I wrote a few weeks ago that we are a “House Guest House”, we have been busy filling up the rooms. Last weekend my dear friend Gretchen came into town. We’d not seen each other in over a year, therefore making our visit over due. We’ve been friends since elementary school and it’s amazing to see how we have grown and yet not changed at all. The highlight of our trip was sitting in a restaurant drinking green tea and pinky swearing that we would be each others eyes when we can’t see; ‘cause that’s the thing with life – it gets so cloudy that sometimes seeing the path in front feels impossible. She couldn’t have arrived at a better time; just as I’d written about resilience I suffered a tummy ache to take me out. You see with fall’s arrival comes the time of the Large Intestines, according to Chinese Medicine this is when the lungs and intestines go through it. Most folks catch their first colds of the season now as the intestinal walls are weak and this is where our immune systems are located. “Kuzu” a root used as a thickener serves us all well right about now, kuzu naturally strengthens the intestinal walls or softens them, as the body needs it.
I LOVE coffee and I usually drink only a quarter of a cup in the morning, but for the past few weeks I’ve been taking on more work and slippin’ mid afternoon coffee in to my deal. Knowing that the intestines are already sensitive I wore my lining out shorty!
I KNOW I hear ya, what was I thinking? I was “jonesin”, and boy oh boy do I understand that we are addicted to the foods we like in the same way that a drug addict holds tight to their narcotics.
Going down hard for the first time in a while I was reminded of how much pain I lived in for over 10 years. This is the thing with disease and chronic discomfort we get used to it!! Now that I don’t suffer like I did I’m SHOCKED by what I lived with all those years. Disease and ill health is like a bad lover, we become co-dependent with one another.
Not me, NO MO’; I get even more determined when I go down to get back up. I don’t like missing a beat of this great life.
Gretchen last saw me a year ago at my worst and when she looked up from her split pea soup and told me my beauty was back I fell apart, you see I’d thought I’d lost it forever. It ain’t vanity y’all it’s “feeling” and when one feels bad for so long beauty can’t be seen by them sad eyes. What I KNOW now is that our beauty is located in our health and our health is our wealth – so if ya wanna stay in the glamour game eat your greens.
Gretchen left and I was reminded via her eyes how much better I am, not falling into the giant pit of doubt that lurks on the other side of resilience. Healing our bodies with food takes time, I didn’t get sick over night and I’ve not gotten well over night. I’m still walking the talk….
Today I’m working away and preparing for more house-guests, Ted & Peggy or as my kids call ‘em “Bubba & Nanny” are flying in from the Bay Area and on Friday Alphonso my BFF arrives from NYC! We are planning a big old Halloween weekend and a Day of the Dead party!