slowly undefined

By choice, this cook rarely ate with us. He slowly prepared everything all day, offered the food before serving it, and then he’d retreat to his space or eat alone in the kitchen. This was his contribution to the community and he was greatly loved and appreciated. Everyone was nourished together at the same table through his food, which was incredible and mostly served from big stock pots...

relax your neck

Trauma, especially repeated trauma, continuously sabotages our ability to have embodied experiences. Breathing gets us present in our bodies. It’s like being tethered when the wind picks up, versus not. Being connected to our bodies can also feel terribly frightening. Yoga has helped me with that, too. This body I’m in has shaped my human experiences, but it is not who I really am...  

tides

I was constantly ebbing and flowing between ideas and decisions that led me to all different sorts of jobs and experiences. These shifts often felt as jagged and unforgiving as these rugged coastlines I love so much. But these weathered rocks also tell a story, and in much the same way my life tells a story. So far, it’s the story of someone who held high hopes for herself only to realize that prayer came easier than money, that all she really needed was a tiny, modest patch of beauty...

tiny things

Maybe this is why I hang onto my rocks: they’re the parts of myself I know are true, and that I secretly love, like how I feel on the top of a mountain or along a stream bed. They remind me of my smallness, and that when I’m sad and the world is sad, there’s beauty out there, existing all the time. Plus, they’re just lovely to look at...

shades of teal

My arms can remember the effort it took to heave open the thick front doors of her house with my small body, and my hands the cold, tacky feel of the wood banister that led to the second floor. Even though they’re the farthest away, most of my memories are of being a child in that big house surrounded by tall people...