We often want a quick fix when it comes to our fertility. We dutifully kick the coffee beans, order more wild salmon, consume endless amounts of esoteric Chinese herbs and get poked with needles twice a week. We double up on our greens, start using castor oil packs and listen to mindfulness apps with the hopes of relaxing ourselves into pregnancy. Some of us skip natural remedies altogether and make a bee-line for IVF—a costly and physically taxing route—but after a certain age, we stop believing in our bodies. We do these things and expect instant results. Instead of building up healthy habits over many months — or years — we are disappointed when our bodies don’t yield to our commands and our timetable. This is an upshot of our culture of instant gratification and high productivity –something which has taken a hammering lately due to Covid-19... Read full article on Medium.
-By Natasha Scripture (first appeared on Elephant Journal)
There is a crazy but enchanting theory of love in Plato’s classic philosophical text, Symposium, that is centered around the idea that humans were once fused sexes, circular beings that were chopped in half at Zeus’s command to diminish their power.
Some were male, some were female, and the rest were half male and female. After Zeus, who was the king of the Greek gods, halved the humans, they began roaming the face of the earth in search of one another.
Thousands of years later, this romantic—and fatalistic idea—that we are all wandering halves waiting, or actively looking, for our soulmates—our other halves—still permeates popular culture...Read full article on Elephant Journal
-By Natasha Scripture
(First appeared in Elephant Journal)
A few years ago, I had a recurring nightmare that I was being swallowed up by New York City, the dizzying megalopolis I used to call home. The feeling paralleled a fainting episode: the cacophony around me began to retreat into a dulled echo; I felt light-headed and clammy before plunging into a free fall when blackness would hit. With the descent—with the sudden quiet and sensation of being swept into oblivion—came profound physical relief, as if I was returning to breath, the source of life... Read full article on Mindful
-by Natasha Scripture
(First appeared on Mindful)