My focus for this year is “SLOW”. I’m hoping this focus supports my health and wellbeing, my colleagues and community’s wellbeing, but also the planet’s.
I listened to a podcast yesterday where ‘rest’ was characterised as resistance. Wow. Blew my mind.
Link to ABC-RN Soul Search podcast - Rest, Resistance and Liberation episode here https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soul-search/tricia-hersey-on-rest-resistance-and-liberation/14137488
What resonated for me was the intersection between gender and class. Capitalism - the whole growth and productivity imperative - that produces inequality, and privileges some groups/classes over others, where working class people pay a huge price for their labour through their bodies and minds. And Patriarchy - where women's work is never done because our gender roles construct it so. Tricia Hersey also layered her intersectional analysis with White Supremacy - where black people, especially women, experience an added burden. My blak sisters here in Australia will recognise this.
As a woman, with working class origins, working in community development, the task and the goal of this work, is complex, political and seemingly never-ending. Its meaningful, exhilirating, but exhausting! Last year (2022) was tough. I am very committed to making this year different! Hence... "SLOW".
I hope to post more on this topic throughout the year. Let me know if some of this resonates with you.
Go slow, be curious, be kind, connect with nature,