found in my notebook after somatics + trauma advanced

“if you are not well, you can be healed thru stories.” nazbah tom

“are you satisfiable?” staci haines

“some bodies get taught that it’s a possibility to be held. some are taught that it’s impossible.” prentis hemphill

“we hold the weight of love together.” yaya raiz’s kid

“leadership is mostly about the unknown.” prentis hemphill

“don’t be distracted by my power, center in yours!” adaku utah

how much of ‘specialness’ is rooted in overcoming obstacles?
how much is rooted in being nurtured, being loved?
and how much is privilege?

i am not for anyone’s consumption.

i open so that my trauma can find the exit.

my mind says everything is at stake.
my body says that pleasure is at stake, and my people.
i ask my heart/spirit: is our relationship to god/the holy/divine/creator/home at stake?
what i hear, in the register below sound, is that everything is unfolding in divine order.
and, trust.
and, there is enough. we cause harm when we don’t trust that.
and, we are slowly learning that.

most power is rooted in the traumatic taking, holding and wielding of power. if we attain power without healing, we recreate the toxic patterns we currently rebel against. over and over. healing is the only way we can build the collective practice of generating and holding power together.

power blows out the fragile parts of our systems, individually and in our movement structures. healing allows us to actually hold power in ourselves and in our collective spaces.

new thoughts!

and under all of that, i felt a lot in my legs. that’s new!

Author: Adrienne

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your uprising against the forces of darkness has got to do more than say "no." A fierce, primal yes should be at the heart of your crusade. (rob brezny, long ago)

2 thoughts on “found in my notebook after somatics + trauma advanced”

  1. Hello adrienne! I wanted to send you a personal message, but I cannot find any email address so I’m posting here. I have loved your books Emergent Strategy and Pleasure Activism. I am in the process of healing my relationship with food and my body after years of disordered eating and engagement with diet culture. I am trying to reframe food as a source of pleasure and instrument for celebration, not of as a source of shame and instrument of control. I noticed a few thoughts in Pleasure Activism relating to this topic (particularly in reference to sugar) and wanted to point you towards a GREAT resource for thinking of food in a way that is truly, wholly connected to pleasure. It’s called Food Psych, it’s a podcast by Christy Harrison, an anti-diet dietitian who talks extensively about intersections between food and social justice and promotes an intuitive approach to food which is centered in pleasure and feeling good.

    Christy’s work and your books have been so so important to my healing process and I am making sure everyone in my circles knows about them. Thank you so much for your work!

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