“when a wound occurs, trees initiate a protective response that often takes place in two distinct stages – an initial, rapid chemical phase, followed by a slower, long-term physical adaptation.” – Beronda Montgomery
a rolling stone gathers no moss, but a steady, smooth sloth grows fur-algae.
it feels so important to me – as one way to talk about the ongoing-ness of life. so often therapeutic stuff is aimed at “resolving”, “getting to the root”, “rewiring”, etc. subtly, i feel this sort of “you are healed or not-yet-healed” sort of dichotomy. this is my little prayer that therapist/somatic worlds embrace aContinue reading “Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 24”
“Before foraging, aardvarks leave their den in a ritualistic way. They first stop at the den opening to look for enemies, then run out, jump repeatedly, look around, and jump around more, before finally trotting off to forage.” quote: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Orycteropus_afer/?fbclid=IwAR3RCnkI_j0Hsoky5fmQO_grtbqScUp46992S-XtMpc2EX6R3yPUyPcEOtcphoto: https://www.wildlifeexplained.com/aardvark/
aspirational ‘lesson’ – i was reading about flying squirrels and then thought how funny-awesome it would be if, when we got older and got flappy areas – we could use them for gliding. a bunch of superhero-flying elders.
lessons from lettuce.“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the otherperson.Continue reading “Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 21”
How horses taught me about big and small trauma responses in people – in somatic sessions and in everyday “kinda hard” conversation topics. As a kid, I spent every waking moment I was allowed with horses, for about 10 years of my life. Horse language felt more natural to me than human language. Often timesContinue reading “Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 20”
one of the top lessons of my life; continues to inspire:
from considering how-which clothes make me feel to fit my day’s schedule, to how to arrange my bedroom furniture – you bedazzle my senses and sensibility, caddisflies. what fashion and function wrapped up all like… source, first image.https://www.hitchcockcenter.org/earth-matters/caddisflies-tiny-mobile-home-builders/
sexual classifications be damned. typical routes of reproduction be damned. we-all-creatures are amazing at “finding a way”. condor-baby-jesus: “This sort of asexual reproduction, known as parthenogenesis…” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59097703 for more inspiration and education from creatures, about sex changing, sexual classifications, and such:https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/projects/radiolab-presents-gonads