-there is a three-way splitter plugged into the top socket, into which is plugged my laptop cord and an extension cord.
-this extension cord runs to the right side of the bed, where the heating pad and an ipod cord are plugged in.
-now back to the original outlet; there is a second extension cord plugged into the bottom socket.
-this extension cord runs around to the left side of my bed, allowing my lamp and cellphone charger to get some volts.
Huh?!?! How many electrical gadgets does one man need! And what happens when the power goes ou
Kidding, the power is still on... Still, the breakdown goes further. This poor over-worked outlet is connected by wires to some more fortunate outlets and wires and switches and stuff. Probably a fuse box or two along the way. Then it goes outside to some bigger wires (I'm ashamed to say I don't even know if the electrical utility lines are above or below ground!), and from there I haven't any idea. Ultimately to a large something made of lots of metal and such, humming and spewing something into the air I'm sure. And most likely made possible by some really old dino diesel puree that's all petrified and set on fire. And there you have it - that's how I, man, am connected with nature for the foreseeable rest of the evening.
So what is this post about you might be asking.... Obviously I don't really know because I call fossil fuels "dino diesel puree". If somebody were to make me make a point, I would put out there that the average American is pretty darn disconnected from nature. Of course you already knew that. The real problem with that is we don't know how to reclaim the connections with nature that are going to keep us alive. Five years ago I was railing against meat industry, eating veggie burgers, and proud that was a future tree/cow/chicken hugger of America. I was quite fortunate to have landed in acupuncture school with Chinese medicine at my disposal, because no one told me that I am of the type O+ blood line, and those fine folks ate meat. As enlightened as I would like to think my ideas were, my body and biology didn't care - eat heavier, nutrient-rich food or else...
So I come back from the brink of anemia and chronic fatigue syndrome to encourage you to get some natural medicine in your life. And I'm going to leave my nest of electrical devices and go water my plants - maybe I too can learn to drink water, bathe in the sun, and just be happy to be alive!