Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 20

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”

Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 17

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…” for more inspiration and education from creatures, about sex changing, sexual classifications, and such:

Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 16

Thinking, All Over Yer Body. “They are very good at diffusing the same function all over the body.” You can remove 90% of a plant without killing it. “You need to imagine a plant as a huge brain… diffused everywhere.” – stefano manusco in the guardian. All sorts of creatures ‘think’, or make sense ofContinue reading “Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 16”

Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 15

there are a myriad of ways to talk about how “we are all related”. and, too – visual learner that i am – it blows my little human mind to see us together on this same, interactive family tree. too, there are so many horrendous ways that people have been likened to animals to fosterContinue reading “Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 15”

Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 14

categories. like marie kondo talks about, putting stuff into like-piles that go together can be very helpful. at the same time, remembering that these categories are just one way to group ‘stuff’, that we could take a different perspective and group them in a different way – this is so important! these buddies in californiaContinue reading “Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 14”

Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 13

as a long-term childhood thumb sucker, as a former chain smoker, and as an adult who currently, regularly imagines how soothing it would be to have something in my mouth whenever i get stressed-anxious-excited, i find this to be 7000% relatable. mental note: mind-storm about what sort of passifier i could use and could passContinue reading “Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 13”

Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 12

vocalizing. sometimes after a social interaction, or sometimes just to express some feeling – making a noise or words makes me feel 100% better in that moment. really letting the sounds just flail or fall out of me. learning about this mouse the other day reminded me about how good it feels to howl orContinue reading “Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 12”