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  1. I listened to a very interesting podcast today on belonging and othering. I thought it might be of interest around this topic of home...here is the link. https://resources.soundstrue.com/podcast/building-belonging-being-an-ambassador-to-the-earth/
  2. Had to add another I came across just this week! I was given an interview with the author, Dr. Clint Smith, who just blew me away. After that interview, I listened to two others (including the one linked below with Terry Gross on Fresh Air) and then I ordered the book! The book is called How the Word is Passed and here is the Fresh Air interview as a suitable introduction to Dr. Smith and his writing: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/01/1001243385/slavery-wasnt-long-ago-writer-exposes-the-disconnect-in-how-we-tell-history
  3. yes! i know that poem and it is one of my favorites touching on this theme. home is a powerful metaphor in writings across time. here is the link to the complete McNeill passage: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LhqY-VOk0cIhB-7WBBC5gSTh2dux1ndia_4If_C2LDU/edit?usp=sharing
  4. Home to me is an intangible sense of being at ease. It is less about place or company, and more about ease within my own heart, mind, and body. One of my very favorite passages from Brigid Anna McNeill says- "Make a loving home within yourself. One that feels beautiful to dwell in when all else falls away." There is more to this meaningful passage, but you get the idea. Be well- Rachel
  5. I recently finished The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende- incredible! Currently reading Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright. Enjoying his quippy writing style and interesting crossover of ideas rooted in both Buddhism and evolutionary psychology. Next up- Grounded by Dr. Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow, about healing the literal earth (soil) and the divine feminine and how they are one and the same. Braiding Sweetgrass in one of my own teacher's favorites... and though I haven't read it myself, I am familiar with many passages. Be well!
  6. Hi everyone- This is an interesting weekly query. I think I tend to have mini aha moments in cycles- and recently I have recognized that when I am stressed or tired or down, I tend to instinctively seek something outside of myself for distraction- like company (even from a former lover- no bueno) or too many bowls of Frosted Flakes. The awareness leads to a pause, a momentary inquiry of: What else is here? How can I acknowledge it without fear of the discomfort? Mindful indeed. Hope you are well... Rachel
  7. It is nice to have something external to reflect on for a question of the week. Thank you, Rick and Gillian. 1. My eye was first drawn to the sunrise...I am naturally an early riser and one of the most sacred pauses in a day is to be with the sun as it makes its' appearance. 2. The emotion that was most predominant for me was restlessness...a desire to get away, perhaps to a place where I could be with this scene without distraction, 3. The labyrinth reminds me of a mountaintop path I like to hike to when I go on retreat. In fact, the whole image reminds me of the serene g
  8. I am definitely interested in learning more about the breathwork practices as well, @Benicio Any information or guidance you can share would be wonderful. Always grateful to be here, to learn and to grow. Rachel
  9. I shared a new blog today on my site, and I think it sort of speaks to this week's question, which I believe can be interpreted in several ways. Here is the link and I would love to hear your thoughts as related to the question of the week, as well as the contents of the blog itself. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ObevCPyzpLrHBcZ7mJ_dtjctcKwD0_N7y_zkpa3K48s/edit?usp=sharing Be well- Rachel
  10. Hello, Community- It's been a minute! I have transitioned back out into the post Covid world and have been working on site for the last several weeks. I am noticing a scattered sense most days and am just being mindful as the pace of my day to day shifts once again. I do hope you have all been well. In the overwhelm of daily life, both close to home and globally, I definitely am a human who tends to 'forget' what there is to appreciate in the little moments. So this question, as @Gillian Sanger seems to sense from halfway across the world, comes to me in timing divine.
  11. Thanks to all for the thoughtful and personal responses, and thank you @Gillian Sanger for the important inquiry and invitation. There is so much that needs to be tended to, within and in the collective sense, that it can be sometimes overwhelming to know where to begin. For me, with my friends and colleagues of color, particularly my Black friends (and their families)- I have simply inquired how their hearts are in the wake of such big emotional events around racism, accountability, injustice, and fear. I have let them know (in word today, in deed on other days) that although they gri
  12. Hi everyone- This is such a thought provoking question. I think I would say that my most impactful silent teachers are two- my son and my daughter. I have been reminded by and through them, at each age and stage- of the impermanence and wonder of life. The container of motherhood has been a learning lab where I have cultivated patience, curiosity, experiencing emotions, forgiveness, humility, and love. Hope this finds everyone in the community well. Rachel
  13. Congrats on taking the leap! I created a lovely, simple website on Wordpress. You can check it out here. rachelpottsorg.wordpress.com All best to you!
  14. On Peace from Jaiya John: 'Catching peace is not like catching a fish or a cold. To catch peace, you have to let go. Peace is not a catch and release, it is a release and catch. Release everything and catch peace.' This was shared during a meditation led by my teacher recently and it has been humming in my awareness since.
  15. Hello, @LHA- This really resonates with me, as I am someone who gets lost in my thinking mind by conditioning. Mindfulness has really helped me 'catch' when I am doing this. Even if just for a moment here and there, I can bring myself back, get present, and the inner commentary slows and quiets. A few practices/resources I use/have used to support me in this constant chattering: 1. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer 2. Tara Brach's Practice- Letting Life Live Through You 3. Noticing when I am doing so, and using steps to disentangle from the stream of judging
  16. It really, really does help and support. I am open to all interpretations and wisdom, so yes...and thank you.
  17. I think this inquiry is related to finding one's voice. Recently, I have been feeling a deep intuitive sense to remain open to something that seemed to close off a ways back. I am working with discerning to notice if it is truly my inner voice guiding me toward a possibility or if there is some underlying clinging or attachment that is keeping me in this limbo space. Wondering if anyone has any insight to offer. Always, grateful for this community- Rachel
  18. Hi Friends- Just wanted to share a sample of the kids' practices I put up on my site (rachelpottsorg.wordpress.com) for the little ones in your life! Enjoy and share freely! The Rainbow Inside Us- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XkbfVZZqzc7HOqida5Dp5OWCz5O0FwZo/view?usp=sharing
  19. This week's inquiry is a welcome one! I listened to a short talk by Tara Brach yesterday (linked. below) and she spoke of a time of great struggle where she simply began saying inwardly, over and over, "Please be kind." So often, I remind my children and my students of the importance of being kind, but rarely do I remind myself to be kind- TO myself. So those are the words I am contemplating and whispering to myself this week. Wishing everyone well. Rachel https://www.nicabm.com/radical-compassion-2/content-1/?_lay
  20. Welcome to this most wonderful and supportive of communities, from a fellow New Jerseyan! Be well- Rachel
  21. I found myself avoiding this inquiry. My relationship with digital communication feels sticky, as I am sure it does for so many. On the one hand, I recognize that I am not a mass consumer of digital media. The only social media platform I have ever used is Instagram, and only starting a few years back when my oldest child began using it and I wanted to be able to monitor. I try to limit my news consumption to news catchall where I can glimpse the headlines from various sources, which I do twice a day at most. Being online for work since the pandemic began has created an ever growing d
  22. Hi everyone- I hope this post finds you all safe and well in these continued uncertain days. I published a new blog post on my website last evening, and I wanted to share it with our community here. Always, any feedback or wonderings it brings up are warmly welcomed! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M5FdrImjHWrXmpqzYxKY5Cdvd2cGVToucOM-OVcFoiw/edit?usp=sharing My site, if anyone is curious, is: rachelpottsorg.wordpress.com Wishing you ease as the week begins. Be well- Rachel
  23. I ALWAYS come back to my roots, @Gillian Sanger! In Ayurveda, I am dominant in Vata, which is comprised of air and space, meaning, I need to ground in order to feel more balanced. Doing things like your pottery work, or anything that stimulates that connectedness, can bring us what we need. Enjoy your class! Be well. Rachel
  24. Good morning- In reading this week's prompt, I felt a tangible sigh of relief. Like I was grateful for the gift of the question- to slow down and check in with myself. Thank you, @Gillian Sanger. I am working through a week of study with my teacher on clearing vishuddha chakra- the throat chakra, bridge between heart and mind. Within this work is a call to use aspects of right speech- are my words true, kind, necessary? Also embedded here is the invitation to explore one's truth, and to speak, listen, and act from a place of truth. It feels like I am working on attending t
  25. @Gillian Sanger- Thank you once again for the inquiry around what the natural world can offer us in terms of looking within and learning about ourselves. I find that when I am outdoors, a few things sort of naturally (no pun) occur. First, my senses of sight and hearing sharpen. Colors look more vivid, shadows more pronounced, trees or birds against the sky more stark in their contrast. Likewise, there is an increased listening as sounds that may be easily missed become more tangible, discernible. In those experiences alone, there is wisdom. Wisdom to pay attention, to open my awaren
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