Beyond the Exterior
It is part of the human condition to seek out one’s purpose in life. I did not always know exactly what my purpose would be, but a gravitation toward nature and toward being a healer had been in me since long before I could identify it.
All things spiritual and nature-oriented were ingrained in me from an early age as I observed the way in which my parents and grandparents lived their lives, particularly the women of my family who were avid gardeners. They seemed to take such joy in working with their hands and helping to bring forth life from the earth. I eventually turned to the same, initially as an outlet for stress and anxiety. Through learning to garden, I forged deeper bonds with my family because of our shared appreciation of nature’s healing power and gained a gratitude for its many contributions in the circle of life. I can vividly recall watching with fascination as one of my grandmothers used aloe vera from her garden on her skin and in her hair – a ritual that would never leave my memory and that I would later adopt as my own. Witnessing the grounding effects of connecting with the earth led me to tap into a more spiritual energy. It also cultivated within me a vested interest in creating a synergistic wellness between mind, body and soul.