Thyme for a master tonic
Awhile ago, I had a wee heart scare. It's usually nothing major, just an atrial flutter where my heart decides to do a quick samba. It leaves me breathless and slightly giddy, unfortunately without the romance and passion of dancing.
Usually I calm my heart rate down quite quickly by putting my head between my knees and taking a few deep breaths.
But this time it didn't. I ended up taking an emergency flight to hospital early one Sunday morning.
In the last 18 months I've had vertigo and have been nursing a sore shoulder. I began to wonder if turning 50 had somehow set the downhill gears in motion.
Upon closer examination, it seems it's not necessarily the physical things I am doing but mostly to do with the Mind. Mine appears to require some stern talking-to in the department of future thinking.
I am a micro manager. There are five calendars adorning the walls. Lists are scattered here and there. I wake up in the morning and am immediately bombarded with all these ‘ to-dos'.
Vertigo made me stop in my tracks and lie down, sometimes for hours at a time. Now it seems this little heart of mine is reminding me again to pay attention to my mind and to the people and things around me.
I'm starting to sound like Eckhart Tolle, a spiritual author whose most popular work is The Power of Now. He is an advocate for emptying the mind of the clutter, that incessant chatter.
This is what I am learning to do and it's great!
At the heart of what I'm writing about is finding time to be in the 'now'. As soon as I start thinking that I don't have enough of it, things start to go downhill.
It's a good thing I have my garden to retreat to, the piece of earth that helps me attain the power of now.
It is through gardening that I also acquired a love of thyme. As a culinary herb, it adds unparalleled aroma and flavour to a dish, but it's also full of pun-potential.
Thyme and thyme again, it's my go-to for ailments. Got a sore throat? Gargle a mouthful or two of a thyme infusion. Need a pick-me-up? Try a cup of thyme tea. Feeling a cold coming on? Inhale it, eat it, drink it.