Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile, the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across landscapes,
over the prairies and deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air
are heading home again.

— from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Longport, NJ after hurricane Sandy

The North-East has been in mourning.

We have lost bits of our shoreline and parts of downtown Manhattan.  Some of our oldest trees have simply been uprooted.  We have lost power and heat and the the ease of buying gas and, in some cases, food.

Most of all, we have lost the illusion that we live in an a place on Earth where Mother Nature is mild.

Many of us are a little sadder, quicker to cry, already part-way spiraled into grief.  And, at the same time, we are so very grateful… whatever we lost we know that that there is always someone who lost more.

Connecting with the earth, through the plants, creates space for us to begin to process, adjust, and release.

Rose: to ease the heart (I love rose in all her preparations: essential oil dabbed over the heart, petals in tea or in a bath, a yummy rose petal elixir to carry with you)

Carnation: the spicy scent of carnation promotes inner calm and a sense of almost-sensual self-satisfaction.  Who couldn’t use a little of that?

Lily: a scent for purity of heart and innocence.  The exotic oil is a perfect little reminder of simplicity when you are feeling overwhelmed and jaded.  (We literally have one tiny bottle of this rare oil in stock.  Call the Chestnut Hill location if it is yours!).  The lily flower essences all speak to purity and transformation.

Hawthorn: for a sense of home, of protection and balance (if you have a hawthorn near your home, just sit quietly with the tree to experience its special magic.  Or use berries in tea or take the tincture, twice a day).

Marjoram: for grief and insomnia caused by a sense of loss (lovely as either essential oil or flower essence)

Mimosa: to allow the joy to rise again.

Tell me how you have weathered the storm by commenting below.