I’ve been looking through my chicken-scratch notes from recent events I’ve been to— trying to digest and discover where these ideas and images want to go. Notes from events like the UCSB lecture by Kim Q. Hall on moving “Toward a Queer Crip Feminist Politics of Food” and a dissertation defense titled “Follow Your Heart: An Exploration of the Somatic Knowing of One’s Calling.” I have pages and pages of words and ideas that resonated with me at the moment and now upon reflection I see themes—themes of soma and psyche, of our body’s intuitive knowing. Here are some of my notes that stand out to me today, that seem to want to come forward.From Hall’s lecture:
“Imagine the body not as a boundary to the world, but as an openness, a portal, a reaching out to the world.”
From the dissertation defense:
“Our bodies are here and now, present in this very moment. Psyche is not always present, it is not always here.”
“Since ancient psychology located the soul around or with the heart, your heart holds the image of your destiny and calls to it.” –James Hillman
During the The Writer’s Journey Conference I attended last month I went to a breakout session on “Writing as a Way of Healing.” We did a series of 5-minute reflections on different topics such as fear and grief. Here are my notes from the prompt:
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
Words so sweet, pressure so real, I shatter into pieces.
Deconstructed on the sidewalk
my head rolling here,
my hearting pounding there
my limbs flung about—
an arm in South America,
a leg in Europe,
My soul landed home in Africa
These words are an attempt to reconstruct.
These words are my chance of redemption,
What is it I plan to do? You ask
I plan to write.
in order to save myself.
in order to make me whole.
(I might play around some more with this and see where it wants to go.)
From Jean Shinoda Bolen’s lecture “Giving Birth, Finding Form”:
“We come into this world invoking, inviting love and support. If we don’t receive it, we settle for power.”
“Bless what you see as beautiful in others.”
“Goddess is not god in drag.”