Ancestral Belonging & an Afrofuturist Lens
The brink of Autumn is a potent time of year. I don’t know about you, but for me, Fall (in the Northern Hemisphere) is a time of slowing down (where I can), taking stock, reflection and deepening discernment about where I place my energy. It’s also the time of year in which we recognize the changing cycles of light and dark. It’s the time of year when many traditions acknowledge the spirits of the dead, our ancestors, and even have elaborate rituals and ceremonies honoring the ways in which we continue to be entangled with them, such as Dia de Los Muertos. What are those cyclical traditions of light and dark for you, or around you?
Reclaiming Pleasure, Reclaiming Ourselves
We shake with joy, we shake with grief. What a time they have, these two housed as they are in the same body. - Mary OliverLast June, inside Rooted (virtual global village and un/learning gathering space) we invited our friend, Kai Cheng Thom, Somatic Sex Educator to explore the theme of reclaiming pleasure and through it, ourselves. It was a tender inquiry into how we access, receive, give, or “take” pleasure.
The Validity of our Knowing
We spend a lot of time embracing the idea that we “don’t know” when it comes to so many areas of our human lives, but other times we might have the experience that we do know something, in our bones. But, if you’re like me, you often question the validity of that knowing. What happens in such moments of knowing that is worth paying closer attention to? And can you recall a time from childhood when you knew something, but you were told you were wrong?