All in Health
I feel like I’ve been sick my entire life. Not the in-hospital with incurable condition kind of sick — the can’t really do much but stay in bed all day and heal kind of sick. Although my symptoms are rarely deemed “bad enough,” to merit missing as much school, work, and life, as I have, they influence my ability to be a normal, functioning human being.
The more I learn about self-esteem, the more I realize that it’s not about taking care of what I want, it’s about taking care of what I need. It’s less about treating myself and more about parenting myself.
Tarot cards cannot read minds, no more than they can divine fates or conjure our desires out of thin air. They are not magic in and of themselves. Their magic lies in what we choose to give them.
The trouble with sitting still is that my mind won’t shut up. The feelings, the judgements, the fears, the expectations that I’ve been distracting myself from — all rush in once I stop doing.
Recently, I learned about Adverse Childhood Experiences— or ACEs, defined by the Center for Disease Control — and how they can affect everything from our behavioral patterns to our immune function in adulthood.
About a year ago, shortly after I moved back to LA, I decided to try this whole veganism thing because, well, SUSTAINABILITY! Just look at the toxic runoff from factory farming, combined with the decimation of our ocean populations by rampant and unchecked overfishing, topped with the ridiculous amounts of water and land dedicated to animal agriculture (yes, it’s more than almonds)!