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#108 Exploring Plant Communication with Kate Husted

#108 Exploring Plant Communication with Kate Husted

Hey sweet listeners, it appears that it is indeed May, what a surprise! It took me a little while to publish this episode, but now that I did it feels perfectly times for the height of spring and the playful plant exploration offers itself to us everywhere. Kate...

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Why Ritual?

To have regular practices of reconnection to turn to in times of loss and upheaval feels more important than ever, as does coming together for celebrations of life and community. 

I’m interested in rituals as a practice of place making, social and ecological healing as well as activism. To me being in ceremony means to make more space for stillness, for community care, for heart to hearts, for touch and poetry and for intimacy with the human and non-human worlds.

What I love about rituals is that they can encompass the whole range of human experiences, including joy, pleasure, anger, grief, intimacy and deep sorrow. They offer a way to engage with periods of transition in empowering ways.

In ritual space I can feel that my grief is open, soft, tender and necessary and that my pleasure is radical and healing. 

When we step into ritual space we separate from ordinary life by putting our phones down, creating a beautiful container and setting an intention. Sometimes the separation is a chosen step, one that feels like it’s been a long time coming, and sometimes it’s one that we were forced to confront, for example through a break up or a sudden death.

The liminal space of a ritual can be filled with things like music, meditation, bodywork, plant magic, writing and movement to help us orient ourselves and receive insights about the transition we’re in, but it can also be quiet and gentle to make space for some tears and letting go. It can be witnessed by loved ones or it can be just for yourself.

After a ritual we make space for integration so that we’re returning back to our ordinary lives a little different – maybe a little more inspired, open, calm and clear about what’s next or maybe just with a little less weight on our shoulders.

 

“The doors to the wild self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

– Clarissa Pinkola Estès

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