Yesterday, I had the pleasure to reunite with my herbal sister Celena in facilitating an plant walk around Humboldt Park’s beautiful boathouse. There were some beautifully brave folx that joined us and I have to say, my spirit is still singing from our connecting and sharing.
The walk started with a powerful meditation led by Celena. We all grounded and rooted ourselves, leaving outside forces to play as we became one with our surroundings. The plants surrounding the boathouse are vast and luscious. Appreciating their ever changing, seasonal appearances makes me so humble, so full. As we traversed the park, we sat with each plant momentarily, enamored with its magic. The biodiversity that is plant life demonstrated so many connections to our existence, our interconnectedness, and interdependence. We gave love and honor to the plants, the bugs, the water, and ourselves for we all need each other in order to exist. Each participant’s words and insight were so warm and heart opening. One participant had a powerful reflection on red clover; how red clover’s resilience and determination is parallel to our own, surviving and existing in spite of and in resistance to systemic oppression (these words don’t come close to the eloquence and brilliance that was shared). Another participant reflected on his youth and days spent in this very park; reconnecting with spirit and memories; a reunion long awaited. We all spoke of the need for reconnecting to a culture and knowledge passed down to us from generations long before us. This is our birth right. This is our resistance.
We concluded our walk with committing to learn and connect with a plant, to absorb its spirit and become great friends. I chose mama milkweed. Which plant will you choose? There are so many beautiful allies in the park, the ones we covered are only a few. See the list of plants observed on the Wild Herban Walk here.
Thank you goddess Moon for the light and calming end to a magical day.