The Medicine Bag
By Indigo Blue
Iíve borrowed a concept from my Native American
ancestors. Itís called a medicine
bag. The last time a deep, dark ,
inky, starless indigo blue hit me, I pulled together all things healing from my
immediate environment. I gathered
these itemsóthose that were gatherable, in one place. I ordained this compilation my medicine bag. These were some
of its contents:
it tames that savage beast depression. For
a while I was tamed by the bittersweet sounds of Sadeís Lovers Rock.
Now, feeling better, I celebrate myself with India.Arie.
The music of Fred Hammond and Radical for Christ is a staple in my
hard for a sister to get her healing on when the trash is wafting, reminding me
I should have already potty trained the baby.
I take the trash out, then proceed to burn some healing into my olfactory
nerves. I use the good stuff, too.
Hydrotherapy tools. If
all else fails, I take a bath. Complete
with blue bath salts, though Iíve switched to bubble bath, since beginning
lithium treatment. I have a
complete hydroptherapy room in my house. Itís called the bathroom when everyone else uses it.
Something indigo or blue.
For obvious reasons. The
last time I pulled out my medicine bag, it was an ikat cloth shawl.
That was how my medicine bag looked the last time I used
it. It can and should change
however, depending on the mood. Now
that Iíve shown you mine, letís get started on yours.
This is what you need to get you going.
need to know yourself. Some of
us find this hard, but itís essential.
How can you find a cure, if you havenít looked deeply at the wound?
do you find soothing and healing that is available to you.
It canít help you if you donít have it.
When youíve decided on these things, gather them together.
items that will help your mood. If
you are hypomanic, youíll need to mellow out. If you are depressed, youíll want to be uplifted.
items that will give you a range of sensory experiences.
Often, we get too ďbrainyĒ, by this I mean we focus on whatís
going on inside our heads. Honor
your body in your search for wellness.
remember that your medicine bag is not only for when you are experiencing
some extreme of mood. Medicine
can be preventative, too! Learn
self-care techniques that will make you a more well rounded person.
Now you have what you need to get your medicine bag
together. So go!
Get yourself some healing on. One
thing, though, before you begin, remember your medicine bag is a self-care
method. It is not meant to replace
your medication. The best approach to achieving wellness is a holistic,
approach. Your medicine is one part
of the whole. Your medication is
another. Now, go.
I mean it this time. Let the