Now that Fall is here and the days are cool and crisp (or wet and cold where I live), it’s time to bundle up and drink hot fluids. I drink a lot of warming herbal tea blends, but some days I crave a creamy hot chocolate, or spicy chai latte made with nut milk. I recently found another delicious autumn drink option.
In the first few years of appointments with my rheumatologist, I received a diagnosis and a drug treatment plan, as well as referral to specialists as needed, such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory infusions at the hospital. However, I did not receive any information on the condition with which I was diagnosed. That, I had to research on my own.
Every morning in summer, I sit outside with my coffee and my daily spiritual reader. This year I am reading Your True Home: the everyday wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, a book about living mindfully. Every day I treasure this ritual.
I am fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest in a home surrounded by nature. The gentle breeze blowing through the evergreens, rising and falling, creates a rhythmical sound. Two northern flickers fly overhead-- I hear their calls first, and then watch them fly over and disappear into a stand of Douglas fir. It is easy to be mindful and grateful living in a setting like this. I crave this natural beauty, and its quiet rhythms. It steadies, calms, and grounds me.
Hi, my name is Kalyn. I love plants and all things nature, so I find myself turning to nature to help me cope with the multiple chronic illnesses. May you find inspiration here.