the vibram five fingers and i on a hike in the north carolina mountains were so primed for adventure and the luring siren call of winding woodsy paths. i know that i've been gone for quite a long time. people, i went to the mountain since the mountain wouldn't come to me. i camped for 4 days on the shore of a lake. it was a small tent, very much like, well, a cave. and this cave girl heard her own thoughts. it was amazing to be far away from the constant jabbering of society's aimless quest for happiness through consumption.
now that i'm back, i am overwhelmed by the constant noise, the very bright lights, and the STUFF! sweet baby jesus, the stuff. it is everywhere, shelves groan under the weight of stuff, floors pant under the strain of holding up stuff, streets are congested with the glut of stuff, closet doors reach for their frames against the bulge of stuff.
so, i'm having a garage sale. i have too much stuff. generally, 98% of americans have too much stuff. (okay, so i didn't consult a census.) i marvel at the value placed on things. here, one is considered living in poverty if the household doesn't own a two t.v.s and a microwave. POVERTY! i grew up in haiti where lying in a river of mud and pigshit to take a nap because you have nowhere else to lay your head in the carboard slums, THAT'S poverty.
i lived in a tiny tent with a pair of jeans, a skirt, a couple t-shirts, my sleeping bag and a few books. looking out through the mesh window, there were trees whistling in the wind, canadian geese transitioning from comedic waddling to graceful gliding in the lake, the mist would kiss the water so lightly and the moon shone just brightly enough. and i felt ridiculously wealthy.
i was camping and attending a women's herbal conference. herbal medicine is cave girl medicine. we have evolved alongside plants and even from plants. that is why our bodies and plants can communicate on a cellular level. we know what to do with plant information. with pharmaceutical drugs? not so much. plants are not directional. what i mean by that is that a drug formulated to lower hypertension can only move in one direction. it will lower and lower and lower hypertension, which is why drug users need to be monitored so closely by their pushers...i mean, doctors. whereas a plant used for blood pressure is a blood pressure regulator. it doesn't move in one direction, it works with our bodies to bring about balance.
i will be including some cave girl medicine once a week here.
i've thought a lot about this blog. i want to take it in a slightly different direction. the cave girl lifestyle is so much bigger to me than just eating and exercise. being a cave girl, which is what we all are (except of course, the cave boys), is an entirely ancient way of looking at everything. everything in our lives is out of step with our true animal selves, not just the way we eat and move (or not).
for example, my teacher, Susun Weed, taught one of the classes this past weekend. we were talking about stress. stress has really been demonized in the past decade or two. we need stress. stress is what makes our bones stronger, our mind quicker, our muscles bigger, and our emotional range broader. there are only two stressors that are so hard-wired into our reptilian brains, the oldest parts of ourselves, that we can not adapt away from: loud noises and fast movement. both of those things signal to us DANGER. get ready to run or fight for your life. Susun Weed thought it was very interesting that with all of our talking about stress management, we go out and buy boxes full of nothing but loud noises and fast movement, then, put one of those boxes in nearly every room of our homes. We then can't understand why those weekly yoga classes aren't working.
I haven't had a t.v. in years. if one isn't ready to ditch theirs quite yet, maybe one could try to go just one week without turning theirs on. cover it with a sheet and use the top to place a framed photo of a mountain, or a lake, or a waterfall, or the ocean. or, just tape a picture ripped out of a national geographic. see what kind of difference that makes on your stress level. i dare you.