#Gratitude has acquired a hashtag. People are worrying if they’re #gratituding enough, if they’re doing it right. Honoring beauty can take practice, and so it deserves your patience and self-kindness. Which is, I think, the actual point of any practice.
Though Juliet is right that a rose “would smell as sweet” if we called it a carbuncle, there is something meaningful about how we use language to name a thing. Language is powerful and reinforcing. We use it casually, and yet it still informs our experience.
I’m not saying we should expect natural medicine not to work. It should work. We just shouldn’t expect it to behave and feel like biomedicine, because it doesn’t and it won’t.