(This is the last post in a series on my herbal philosophy. Previous posts in the series: The body is an ecosystem, The body is not a war zone, Escaping the body-as-battleground trap and Respecting human ecology.)
My approach to herbal practice is very simple: pay attention.
Pay attention to plants. Look at them. Touch them. Smell them. Taste them. Spend time with them. Get to know what they like, where they hang out, what they’re up to. Learn who their relatives are. Learn their history with humans.
Pay attention to people. Watch them. Listen to them. Don’t pretend you know all about them. Investigate carefully. Ask questions and listen to the answers. Follow the threads. Don’t ignore nagging ideas in the back of your mind. Study how bodies work. Don’t expect to figure everything out.
Pay attention to ecosystems. Notice things affecting each other. Remember the microscopic and the macroscopic, the inside and the outside. Observe elemental qualities: heat and cold, moisture and dryness, tension and laxity, intensity and lack. Discern where support is needed.
Pay attention. That’s all.