Jun 14 • 5M

Sunshine and rainbows

and epsom salt baths

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A break from bad news for bites of other pleasures.
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Summer rainbow in Trondheim, Norway, Rachel Wolfe.

The grass is not greener where the sun shines all the time. In fact, no grass grows there at all. The place where sun shines all the time is called a desert. Seasons, weather, change with time. What was once a glacier becomes a lake, what was once a forest becomes sandy slope. The landscape of life has always been this way, long before humans, and long after we transition.

For as long as we have known and could foresee, all kinds of weather make the world go round. These kinds of humble understandings seem absent from the bold convictions of those who claim to have the knowing to save the world. I’ve often found such grandiose designs backfiring throughout history. This relationship between reason and folly makes us human, seems to give us significance and meaning, but when I look at quieter stories with less PR, there are plenty of ways small actions developed slowly over generations that end up having a positive ripple effect.

This small difference in a revolutionary motive versus a more pointed focus seems to confuse some folks, and it makes me wonder if the paradoxes of life have really been wrangled with by those who are so sure they need to change the world over night.

Friendship by way of Trondheimsfjord at sunset, Rachel Wolfe

The action of non-action is also powerful. In moments of evil, the resistance of quiet that happen without signal are often those who are later the unsung heroes…but the paradoxes never end up tidy there. Such as the story of the heavy water war. People put their lives on the line to simply not follow orders and thwart Hitler’s command to produce heavy water. Another example might be in the middle of a riot, to simply walk out. Fire doesn’t get fought with fire, and reactionary movements tends to compound the problem. This is where I find this handy little chart coming in handy:

Now I don’t like to be a flat-footed in comedy as thus far into this cookie, because I believe anyone who tries can be able to exert intuition, see patterns, to learn, and eventually transform the inner war into contentment and peace. Of course beliefs can be wrong, they may not align with reality. The difference between thought and belief isn’t a far chasm to build, but creative and structural tension can be. And sometimes people are just trying to exercise their structural tensions out on each other, to which I would suggest an Epsom bath as a means to stop doing that.

Nevelsfjord at midday appearing as dawn during autumn, Rachel Wolfe

Epsom salts are an effective way to rebalance the body from the outside. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, an inorganic salt which contains healing elements of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. When you use epsom salt, the pH of your skin rebalances back to its original, healthy state. No special creams or potions needed.

Though magnesium can be a sometimes internal supplement, a bath salt is not. I found this out the hard way when I tried to give away bags of epsom salt after my grad thesis show to find out people on Craigslist thought I was dealing drugs. I can assure you, the bag of salts was intended for use in a bathtub. I wasn’t even aware of that kind of slang at all. Was my ignorance ok? Probably not; it could have been really dangerous. So far as this cookie goes, ignorance is not bliss, it’s a headache waiting to happen.

Nevelsfjord at autumnal twilight, Rachel Wolfe

So what do epsom baths have to do with non-action and thinking? The intuitive faculties tend to work best when the body systems are in balance. Seeing decisions as tools of divination, or the word we tend to prefer today: choice, those choices we make do ripple outwardly and effect systems and more systems and systems. So sometimes inaction is the best action, instead of convicted revolutionary action. Sometimes quiet revolutions are the longer lasting, helpful, and healing actions. And in a world of call-to-actions consuming, maybe a breather and a break to not just find but cultivate inner peace would allow larger groups of people to choose different historic outcomes than the repetitious cycles we seem to be careening towards.

Kjerringøy during summertime, Rachel Wolfe