Health & Wellness Newsletter 2 – MVNP

Wolfberries, medicine for thousands of years to many cultures. Here at Mesa Verde National Park, they are found as well. Common to Far View Sites they are now in flower, and stand 3′ tall as woody shrubs. When the fruit blooms, it will be orange/red and can be eaten fresh or dried and eaten like raisins, or put into teas, used in cooking, and they treat many things including, because they are the color red, blood. Liver and Kidneys benefit from Goji berries, otherwise known as wolfberry and Lycium spp.


The first Health & Wellness Tips for our MVNP crew and everyone else interested in Mesa Verde. This week May 23, we have had rain, cloudy skies, hail, and both cold and hot weather as we move toward the summer. The mesa ranges from 6,000-8,500′ elevation, and is mostly Windy, all the time. Wind is the change agent, it moves air to cool up the mountain, down the mountain, across the water, even in circles that are often called dust devils. We know wind on our skin as it evaporates moisture off of our bodies quicker and often times we can begin shivering even when the sun is hot and shining. Wind moves through windows and doors, through cliff dwellings and through the canyons. It carries moisture, pathogens and as the old Greeks called them Humours. The Greek physician Hippocrates (ca. 460 BCE–370 BCE) is often credited with developing the theory of the four humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm—and their influence on the body and its emotions. The Indigenous people have written many stories about wind. Wind carries messages between the mountains so they can talk to each other and they are the caretakers of those that live in the valleys below. Wind can be mischevious, destroy things too. The trees get to move when the wind blows through, and sitting in a hot desert, wind is very appreciated for bringing reprieve. Remember water is life, and it is through the celebration of water, even every sip, every drop that falls, do a rain dance, a celebration for this gift of life, and never forget we too are 70% water just like the oceans that have created this place we share life with.

The Trees

Waking on my foam pad, bed is in storage, sitting on the floor, eating my porridge out of my skillet because its the last thing not packed, wearing the clothes I had on yesterday full of a dirty truck. A chapter is ending and a new one beginning. The one i am leaving now is called The Trees, it is everything the last 9 months have been about. With the labor of moving, with a raven eye to what to keep and what one does not need anymore, sifting is what it feels like. The clothes are not timeless, they wear, they don’t fit, like me i am worn and malleable, changed like a hammer to metal. Maybe home is just a comfy chair, and a bowl and spoon, and a sunspot in the morning to drink coffee. Simple. Like the trees, complex, wise, important, malleable by the axe, changed forever. Remembering energy never goes away, it only changes form, Laws of Nature direct the path, if we shall listen. I have sat and listened and felt and spent hundreds of hours these many months with old wise trees. Maybe never to have these moments again, so it is a sad parting and a grateful thanking, one more sunset blessing to be had before the steel horse drives away to the big mountains, to the land of ancients, and there again i will learn and be more of the dust I was made of.

March Wellness 2021

Hi everyone, we are on Day 11 today and will go through the end of March adding new videos everyday for wellness. Some days are Qigong, others are yoga, others are the famous Forrest ab exercises, or facial acupuncture points for HBP and anxiety. Alot of good stuff. You can find my daily youtube videos and subscribe to keep up with the latest additions. See you in practice, be Well and Happy! Thanks always for your support and love, sending back the same, ditto!

Youtube Channel – Lily Vega Qigong and all the playlists for Qigong, Yoga, Archaeology, March Wellness and Tree HIkes, and more!