What are the current questions + inspirations that have our attention?
I’m inspired by this line: “We shape our self to fit this world and by the world are shaped again. The visible and the invisible working together in common cause, to produce the miraculous.” ~David Whyte
My current question: How to best align my life and work around ecological repair in the Hudson Valley?
Last week I reread Audre Lourde’s essay Uses of the Erotic: Erotic as Power! I just picked up a copy of The Invisible Heart by Nancy Folbre about economics of care and can’t put it down. I am also reading a new book by local author and nature writer Akiko Busch called How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a TIme of Transparency, which explores the dangers of visibility as currency. Personally, i am exploring questions around leadership and related, I am researching Wampanoag Sachems. I also enjoyed whenBrit Marling from the OA describes dying to change her life path.
What’s inspiring and informing me currently:
-Leah Penniman’s Farming While Black and Soul Fire Farm’s Reparations Map
-The Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion, and worldwide school strike mobilizations for climate solution legislation and justice.
-Carol Sanford’s The Regenerative Business and No More Feedback, radical re-envisioning of business and work design
What’s inspiring me lately is: daily yoga practice, foraging for and cooking with wild spring edibles, rereading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Books: Building the Japanese House Today, Peggy Landers Rao & Len Brackett and Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
Practice: Gathering local hardwoods to use for traditional Scandinavian green woodworking
In working with the body, as I do in private practice, group sessions, and with my own body, i am endlessly fascinated by both our interpersonal neurobiology and our highly individual nervous systems. We are always connected and in relationship to other living beings, and we also have a unique microbiome and functioning system that is wholly our own and shaped by many different layers of experience, early development, culture, and more. And now…drumroll…enters Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory. This emerging research and work with the vagus nerve, the “wandering nerve,” is changing how we work with healing trauma, and understanding another layer of the social engagement system in the body.
I’m currently feeling very inspired by the practice of Mindful Self Compassion—and particularly the research of Kristen Neff. I’m using the Mindful Self Compassion workbook to explore the practice in my daily life, and I’m attending a 5 day intensive workshop at the Omega Institute to learn how to integrate the practice and principles into my work.
The book, The Fifth Sacred Thing inspires me.
What’s inspiring me currently? Well. I was very inspired by my visit to the Hilma af Klint exhibit at the Guggenheim recently. Seeing her paintings “from across the threshold” were very moving to me. One reason why I think that was, is that I am always striving to experience the “beingness” of the world. What is REALLY living in the phenomena that I see?
I’m thinking about the decolonization of agriculture and ways to honor Indigenous peoples, wisdoms, and practices beyond a land acknowledgement. I recently came across a cookbook called “Lenape Indian Cooking"— a self-published compilation of recipes and histories created by a Lenape elder named Touching Leaves Woman.
Pleasure Activism - https://www.akpress.org/pleasure-activism.html
2019 PGM ONE Summit - https://www.facebook.com/pgmonesummit/
→ in particular, adrienne maree brown’s talk: https://www.facebook.com/pgmonesummit/videos/320367051966507/
→ and was able to visit this rad space: http://www.phillyurbancreators.org/life-do-grow-farm
Lack of childcare services and endemic levels of health, learning, and behavior problems related to adverse childhood experiences and mental/physical health outcomes through maladaptive stress response (also tied to thoughts and national crises in maternal health/care)
Reference: Nadine Burke Harris - The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-term effects of Childhood Adversity