Oh glory be…summer is finally here and possibly a summer with fewer restrictions. Finally warm, dry and prolonged sunny days to kiss your skin, warm your bones and allow you to ease into the expansive, spaciousness of the season of the fire element (hopefully minus forest fires…eep).
Having now lived for more than a year through the pandemic, we are starting to see a delayed trauma response that is a muddy soup due to compartmentalizing our stress so we can carry on with our day-to-day lives with the constant threat of COVID in the background + anxiety and fear about the world opening back up. The WHOLE WORLD is experiencing a collective uncertainty fatigue :(
It is also a heavy, grief-filled time for our Indigenous communities, compounding the ongoing pandemic stress and inequality. In addition, as non-Indigenous settlers, we are reminded yet again of the brutal, violent history that cleared the way to build our country otherwise know as “Canada”. There are so many factors contributing to our nervous system dysregulation.
As we do every month, we have carefully curated a selection of affirmations, meditation techniques to sending the world loving kindness, a summer-themed soundtrack, some insightful film selections and recipes that showcase the season’s abundance and to help beat the heat.
We will leave you with a quote from artist-philosopher, Yumi Sakugawa, completely relevant to current state of the world and the toxic grip of colonialism and late stage capitalism:
While the outside world rushes to move on, the experience of the pandemic has yet to fully leave my body. Parts of my body, my mind, my spirit are still trapped in the limbo of pandemic despair, pandemic depression, pandemic numbness, pandemic survival. I will not be pressured to move at the breakneck speed of capitalism that wants to forget everything. I will move at the pace of my own healing, and be attuned to my own slow and tender needs.
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