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  • Jaclyn Costello

A Message Through the Medicine

Updated: Jan 9




The Medicine Man leaned over and whispered into my forehead:


“I want you to take yourself home now. Find a shrub or tree in your yard. Tell me when you get there.”


“I’m there,” I said.


“Good. Ask the tree this question: What does it take to be truly happy?”


I paused. I couldn’t believe the clarity with which I was seeing this tree! Every detail, every crease, every green and flittering leaf.


“Have you asked the tree?” the Medicine Man asked me. “Ask out loud.”


I asked the tree, “What does it take to be truly happy?”


I was embarrassed to tell the Medicine Man what the tree then said to me. After all the profundity and intensity of the night, the message I was now receiving felt so simple and silly. I giggled.


“Yes?” the Medicine Man asked again, “What does it take to be truly happy?”


“Be easy in the breezy,” I said.


Be easy in the breezy, the tree told me.