SMTs and community integration is already here!?!? Which is my favorite?

in NaturalMedicine •  last month  (edited)

I can’t believe how late I am to this! Here I was, excited about the reduction of spam and bidbots and scams and the collection of awesome people who stuck around for this long and how Steem seems to be coming back from a dark pit....

Then I logged on to steempeak for the first time in maybe a year. I had heard it was a good front end. I had heard something about steemengine but whenever I heard of coins, I imagined they were complicated things that were worth very little and required all kinds of hoops to jump through....

... I didn’t realize that all I had to do to access them was log in through steempeak. I didn’t realize that some of them are actually worth something. I didn’t realize that all these front ends were already vibrant communities in their own right. I didn’t realize that communities and SMTs were already integrated. I thought communities were just a way to organize post...I didn’t realize they were portals into different front ends with different user bases and coins that hold substantial value in addition to steem earned.

I’m floored! I’m all in! I love this place again! Steemit is underwhelming but Steem is brilliant! I’m so excited to start exploring different communities and front ends now.

The only thing I feel a bit sad about is my Be Awesome community. I feel that with the vibrant communities that have their own front end and coin, I can’t really see much of a purpose for it at present. Natural medicine is already very close to what I was aiming for and much more

Natural Medicine! Damn! You’ve become huge!

I stayed away from Natural Medicine because, while I do appreciate natural medicine, especially TCM which I study, very few of my posts fit into a topic of what most would consider “natural medicine”. I write blogs about life in the city and how to stay sane there, I post my art, I write about community, spirituality and even crypto. I know I would be welcome but I didn’t know if my posts would be welcome...

But after talking to @riversflow and hearing her concept for the place, I realize most of what I write IS Natural medicine. It’s about the healing process, not only on a physical level, not even only on a mental or emotional level but also on a social tap level.

I’m all about community and tribes, creating trust, self empowerment and healing through the artistic process, the way inner worlds reflect the outer world, the way we reflect each other.... if that is not medicine, what is it?

I came to and realized just how many familiar steemians were already here and realized immediately that I was home.

Not only will it be great to be part of a community that is already flourishing...the feed here will do much better to attract my friends IRL who are into similar things, rather than the feed.

So I hereby declare myself a citizen of #naturalmedicine. I will be looking for other tribes and front ends to connect with too. I’m a duel citizenship kind of guy, a bridge.

Which communities and front ends do you like interacting with the most? Please introduce me to a few more steem based ecosystems!


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Better late than never right ;D Yay for renewed enthusiasm!

I like creativecoin (for people who make things...pretty much anything as far as I can tell XD) and palnet (I don't know if it's supposed to just be for people who use the pal discord server, looks like a catchall with moderation to remove plagiarism and bad actors).

Well I'll definitely poke around everywhere. Thanks for being so awesome

Haha! I seriously wasn't aware that you didn't know about the possibilities of Steempeak. I was kind of wondering why you weren't more active in Natural Medicine and also did not really see the point of the 'Steemit' Be Awesome tribe as the Tribes on there feel kind of dead and are more like a group writing under the same tag than anything else.

And yes, Steem-Engine is pretty interesting too, fun to play around with and a nice litle extre savings account for the future.

Talk to you soon!

You should have told me haha. If I'm doing something pointless I need you to tell me ! I really had no idea it was like that

The view that 'medicine' can only be a physical substance consumed to make an ill person better is unfortunately a sequelae to the reductionist thinking that modern medical science has created.

This has bled through into the 'natural medicine' world with a belief that pharmaceutical medicines get replaced with 'natural' medicines derived from herbs and appropriated from folk/indigenous traditions.

The basis of TCM - as you know - is that illness comes from the deviation from one's 'true nature', and thus 'medicine' is anything which brings us back to that natural state.

And given we are not just a physiological body - we are also emotional, cognitive, spiritual beings - then there are many things that are 'medicine'.

Check out the details in the Natural Medicine Manifesto.

So much of what you do is 'medicine' in my opinion. Art is most definitely medicine, if not just for the artist themselves...


You say that so well! Medicine is anything that brings us back to our natural state.

Not only western medicine but western thinking in general is so based on trying to control things, and this mode of being has permeated most cultures throughout the world. Rather than trusting life to show us the way when we quiet our mind, we tend to find “right” ways of thinking about things and doing things , some kind of standard, clear idea about what each and every thing is, but social interactions can be art and art can be medicine and medicine can be prayer, we flow much better when we don’t worry too much about what’s what and focus more on how it feels and the effects it has. Perhaps I’ll do a series of posts on this 😆

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