Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Traditionalist or Non-Conventionalist?
What I've learned over the years is that I am fairly conventional. I believe in marriage, although I'm okay with those who don't and are just living together. I go to traditional western doctors. But I also go to acupuncturists, massage therapists, and most recently, an herbalist, because I've decided to take myself off all western medications. The most challenging dilemma is acid reflux. I've been in two doses of prilosec for years. Now I'm sipping aloe vera juice and taking an herb called calamus. I was also giving some drops to put in water to help me sleep. All of the above seem to be working. This is in no way a suggestion that anyone else try these things, nor is it an endorsement to stop medications and do alternative healing.
I am just saying that is what I am doing, and so far, it seems to be working.
This seems fairly unconventional to me, and I have some degree of discomfort around that. What that tells me is that I still care way too much about what others think of what I am saying, thinking, feeling, doing. Oh well, progress, not perfection, right?
How about you?