There’s a lot sleeping in us. My 6yr old son recently noted, ‘most humans are sleepwalking.” And that’s true of all of us, on different levels, at least some of the time. We (humanity) have been taught to ignore our bodies, and thereby inflict hurt upon ourselves, others, and our environment for so long now that it sometimes feels when we look at our world, like we have spun completely out of control. We have been taught to ignore sensation, ignore our body’s deeper knowing, ignore the signs, ignore our very atmosphere. We've been trained to ignore from our earliest days, by systems that are much much bigger than us, or any one group or any generation. The stream of dissociation is wide and deep and it’s currents are strong. It’s what we’ve been swimming in our whole lives. And is why our fate in a late-capitalist, climate crisis, age of mass-incarceration world, lies both outside the domain of our personal choices/practices/intentions, and may be completely dependent on our personal choices/practices/intentions.
It’s why, although we may have lots of remorse, and there is certainly lots of healing that needs to happen around this, we need to recognize our inextricable part in the current destruction of our world. And also why we have the profound and weighty responsibility to try to extract ourselves from it.
And why HOW we try to do it may be SO much more important than IF we try to.
Most of us know, feel somewhere inside us, that our speediness IS the disease killing our very world. And we feel as much victimized as we feel ourselves to be perpetrator. This is right on. We are both victim and perpetrator, some of us more than others. But i would also argue that it is completely within the realm of possibility to “smash the clocks,”** to reclaim presence and un-commodify our relationships to ourselves, to each other and to our environment.
There are many ways to do this.
There’s a lot more i’m exploring. Especially, around groups and the violent -isms (within us all) that exploit or exclude everything that isn’t profitable. This is about more than just feeling good (or bad) in our bodies. It has to do with how we're able to see each other, meet each other, hold each other and give each other space in our pain. It has to do with the inner knowing and resources to be able to accept responsibility in the moment and for our histories, to be vulnerable and brave with each other in our unknowing and our longing. It's also about how we can learn-again to relate to our environment and hopefully find some balance. It's about recognizing, without any spiritual bypassing, interdependence.
The systems that prevail at the moment are toxic, and they have systematically cast out, suppressed or exploited "the other".. whole groups of people, animals, the body, the sacred, the land, sensation... in a word, the feminine. The feminine within us all (within every man, woman and non-binary person) has been silenced, dominated and exploited by a drive for more and faster. We get back to the feminine by slowing down, through the body, through feeling, through our connection to the earth and each other. And, with all we're facing, it may be our only hope.
(r)evolutionary embodiment is...
...a way of being more alive in your body, waking up the slumbering, but, oh so wise parts of ourselves.
...a way of healing past traumas, hurts or areas of neglect in ourselves, each other and society.
...a way of meeting your world more fully, your little world, your bigger worlds and the earth.
...a way of accessing your full unique creative potential, for the benefit of all beings.
I’ll leave you with a quote from a book i’m feeling inspired by at the moment..
How can we, future ancestors, align ourselves with the most resilient practices of emergence as a species?
Many of us have been socialized to understand that constant growth, violent competition and critical mass are the ways to create change. But emergence shows us that adaptation and evolution depend more upon critical, deep and authentic connections, a thread that can be tugged for support and resilience. The quality of connection between the nodes in the patterns.
Dare I say love.
And we know how to connect - we long for it.
~ adrienne maree brown #emergentstrategies
Be well, be brave,
with love, la.
** Acharya Lobel shared this image of early industrial workers smashing the clocks in the factories as their first acts of protest against the unfair commodification/exploitation of their time/lives when on strike. This phrase has since become a symbol of taking back our lives from the machine for me.
#socialchange starts with deep attention. #recenteringpower #enlightenedsociety is #justyouandme#payattention #bebrave #beauthentic
The world speaks in #symbols. ♀#liberatethefeminine #saveourplanet #slowdown#smashthecloccks #healthemasculine ♂ #yoginilife #meditate #bevulnerable #begentle #fiercefeminine #savetheearth