Lately I have found it hard to seperate the concepts of Beauty, and Medicine. I use them interchangably, I think of them having the same meaning. At first poeticly, but more recently, literally. The stride for beauty in our culture seems to be ever closing in on the concept that health is beauty, so our pathway to beauty is through sustaining and setting new heights for living our health.
Nature has been civilizations constant muse of beauty. We head to nature to find, ourselves, our souls, our peace, raw beauty, examples on how to exsist, inspiration for ever evolving invention, sustinence, and to tap its medicinal powers.
When we enter nature to find medicine, it comes to us in forms of soft and prickly leaves and needles, brightly colored berries and flowers, canopy’s of shade, and braids of barks. It comes to us in forms that we perceive as beauty incarnate. It doesn’t even seem to work that hard for its beauty. It grows and dies with grace and patience, waiting for the perfect conditions that will make it thrive.
What parts of nature do you find most beautiful?
Do you know what kind of medicine comes from that beauty?
Perhaps you will find your medicine where you find it most beautiful…
Ask yourself where in nature do you see the miraculous, the magical, the wonder. Get specific! A sunrise looking over the ocean or a sunset high in the mountains?
where life and beauty exsist on intense levels of alkaline or deep in the moltenous volcanoes. Or inside the wet dark green forests.
These deep, hard to describe connections we have with nature are clues to our medicine. There is such powerful medicine in beauty, and sooo much beauty in the nature of medicine. Its a language that speaks volumes on how we can use beauty as our medicine and medicine as our beauty.
“Medicine is the word for the study of the soul and flesh that dwell together in humans, and by which we seek in our limited ways to put it right while it walks the earth, before it is lain to rest in the earth. Spend a day, now and then, in amazement. Love the broken, touch the sick, caress the dying, shake hands with the scandalous and wicked, embrace the mad. Learn the feel of their heartbeats and the sound of their breaths, the color of their eyes and the textures of their hair. Each of them is a wonder no less than the stars.”
Dr. Leap is a member of Blue Ridge Emergency Physicians, an emergency
physician at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, SC