This semester, my life has been changing. As a professor, I still live in terms of semesters. The rhythm of my life is set by the school year, so each new semester is a wonderful chance to start anew.
During the summer, I suffered a deep depression, worse than I'd felt in awhile. I was feeling suicidal, though also didn't want to feel that way. Several things have shifted for me recently. The first being a huge re-focusing of my spirituality toward something that reaches and feeds my soul, and the next getting back into natural, herbal healing and committing to wellness.
Wellness is a scary concept, because it is so loaded. It can be used as a weapon against people who don't fit the culture's current definition of health, but for me, it's about feeling spiritually, emotionally, and physically better. Able to function, to get out of bed, to get through the day. I've always loved herbs, and teas, tinctures, infusions, and essential oils have always been part of my doula practice, but now that I'm finally getting more settled back here in the Midwest, I have invested in some herbs and, best of all, essential oils, my favorite form of herbs and other plants.