I listen to a lot of podcasts. About two weeks ago, all of them, the comedy podcasts, true crime podcasts, and weird paranormal podcasts, suddenly all became COVID-19 podcasts.
It didn't take long for me to just skip past any episode that talked for more than a minute or two about the pandemic. I am getting my reliable info from other sources and don't really need to hear someone who talks about Harry Potter for a living pontificate about a pandemic, thanks.
AND YET, here I am, recommending you all go listen to the episode of the All My Relations podcast about COVID-19.
All My Relations is a podcast hosted by two Native women about their relationships with the planet, other creatures, and other humans. It is generally enlightening an delightful.
This episode is a mix of interviews with medical professionals as well as elders and folks invested in their ancestral, Indigenous practices and medicines.
I had two big takeaways.
One was to learn about and explore traditional medicine more deeply.
I am interested to learn the traditional medicines of the people whose land I live on now as well as to explore any traditional health practices from my own lineage that might be out there.
How did my ancestors maintain a healthy relationship with their bodies, community, and land? What about the Indigenous folks whose land I live on? What can I learn from how they relate to one another? How does all of this relate to modern medicine? (And to be clear, my understanding is that modern medicine is a fully respected by those who practice traditional medicines, so there is no conflict there.)
The other takeaway is connected to the first: our emotional life is a very important part of health.
That means it's important to do things that make us feel happy, connected, satisfied, useful, or otherwise good as often as we are able.
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