A note to our herb students
Would you be at Maryland University of Integrative Health without Passion? It helped you step across the threshold, but it’s not enough. Our job – the university, the herb faculty, your fellow students – help you develop exceptional skills.
Build from the foundation of traditional herbalists. Embrace their learning, as well as that of modern evidence based research. The two bodies of knowledge won’t always agree. When you can’t resolve contradictory information, step away and allow a shift to occur. Move from seeking solution to encouraging the intuitive, subconscious mind to suggest possibilities.
Innovate with unexpected ideas, materials and approaches rather than trying to put pieces where expectation tells you they belong. Design your environment (your work space, your mind, your heart) to encourage open, inventive play.
Focus on constant improvement, instead of perfection, with room to fail, learn, and grow. You will need vulnerability to create. As Brene Brown stated, “There is only one guarantee, you will get your ass kicked.” So find the balance of when to listen to detractors and when to move forward. Say to your critics (internal or external), “I see you, I hear you, but I’m showing up anyway.”
Invite community. Draw a bigger circle.