Exploring animism, embodiment, deep ecology, vulnerability, and imagination . . .
Vast: A Lyric Essay
“The devastation of our inner worlds precedes that of the natural world.” —Stephen Harrod Buhner
I always misspell devastation. Devestation. De-vest-ation. Like taking off a vest. It never made sense.
Vast, on the other hand, is more appropriate. De-vast-ation. Taking away the vastness.
Standing on a cliff in England with tears streaming down my face while a scientist explains the deep time history of earth. And all I could focus on was what was in front of me: the vast ocean spreading out so far to the horizon.
My curiousities entwine around the concept of “mythopoiesis" — literally "myth-making" — the creation of mythologies that nourish our interbeing with the earth.
My writing explores the betweenesses of different fields—deep ecology, indigenous wisdom, trauma resilience, living process, cultural transformation, sacred activism, grief rituals, play . . .
I am learning how to become a connoisseur of the felt sense, a savorer of the moments that create meaning and nourishment in the world.
I am apprenticing to traditions that practice compassionate witnessing, creating containers in which it is safe to release into the depths of emotion, to traverse the grief and holdings that must necessarily be released before healing can begin to take place.