When you find yourself in a new place, on a new land, how do you begin building a relationship? However long or short you find yourself in a place, one way to show respect to the land is to share who you are.
Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about how learning the name of something is the beginning of the relationship with that thing. Likewise, being in kinship means sharing your own gifts.
If you were going to “introduce yourself” to the land, how would you do it? With words? Perhaps a song, a dance, a silent meditation? What do you want this land to know about you?
Next time you find yourself in a new place, try this exercise. Allow yourself to push through the awkwardness of sharing with a non-human entity. The connection and intention that grows will only be supportive and generative.
The next Thrive: Eco Grief and Anxiety Circle is June 20th from 6-7:30pm PST. Find the link in our bio. Questions? Contact Brittany at email@example.com
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