Under the Cherry Tree


Falling of leaves, shedding old thoughts.
Harvesting summer’s lessons.
Like a huge umbrella, the twisted branches and delicate, tightly woven leaves of the Japanese cherry tree in my garden give me shade from the unexpectedly hot September morning sun. The sunspots emerging through this network of leaves on my white page seem to be writing the notes for me.

One month ago I arrived in Leh, Ladakh, in Northern India, to participate in the World Peace Prayer—the Kalachakra, the Wheel of Life—to pray with 150,000 fellow Buddhist pilgrims and H.H. the Dalai Lama.

The wheel of life is turning in remarkable ways for me…
A sense of detachment to the things I own, the people and friends around me, the desire for freedom from material responsibilities evolves, affecting me in a calming way, as stillness clears the waves of emotions. I stop worrying.
The difficult survival of my early childhood after WWII, life-threatening illnesses, accidents, humiliations, the loss of close friendships, teachers, and the two husbands I thought I would know for a lifetime. Thoughts arise: why was I given so many life extensions till now as I approach my 71st birthday? There must be more for me to do.

I survived it all… a great deal with the help of homeopathic remedies, without which I would not have survived the many painful moments on mental, emotional, and physical levels. And because of having worthwhile goals to pursue to completion.

And realizing that—it matters less if your plans come to fruition than sharing your life with others, being useful, and always having a dream to follow…like making a meaningful film about the history and science of homeopathy, or doing a long Buddhist retreat…or continuing the daily work that I do, healing with homeopathy.

Do whatever feeds your soul: plant a garden, walk your dog, share your thoughts with friends, deepen friendships over a cup of tea.
To be able to choose is a rare jewel…. the luxury and real freedom of life.

It’s time to allow the wheel of life to unfold, to finely attune.
Keep your heart open to allow the future to reach your soul. It does not mean it won’t be hard work once you choose, but there will be fulfillment in the end.

On my way from India to the Greek Island of Alonissos, I discovered a thousand-year-old healing tea: DICTAMOS. Originally from Crete, it’s used as commonly as a household item on the islands for many complaints: colds and flus, bronchitis, digestive ailments and heart conditions…and a calming tea that works deeply on the nervous system. I drink a cup before going to bed and sleep through the night.
If you would like to try it you can find more information from: http://kreta-agora.eshop.t-online.de/GewuerzeTee/Kraeutertees. For direct contact to order please inquire with http://elvira.petsagkourakis@t-online.de.

Guidelines for the most potent use of this tea:

For inhalation, poultice and tea give one tablespoon of Dictamos leaves per 3
cups of water into a pot. Bring to a boil; let simmer for another 5 minutes.
Place your face over the pot; cover your head with a cotton towel and inhale the steam till your face becomes damp.
Pour the tea into a cup to drink, but use tealeaves for a poultice. Fill all tealeaves into a handkerchief and wring out the excess water. Place the handkerchief on the area of pain. For example on the chest in case of bronchitis, till it cools off.
You may add honey to the tea. Enjoy the relaxing and healing benefits.