One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience. There are always areas of vast silence in any culture, and part of an artist’s job is to go into those areas and come back from the silence with something to say. It’s one reason why we read poetry, because poets can give us the words we need. When we read good poetry, we often say, ‘Yeah, that’s it. That’s how I feel.
Nature has taught me about fluid adaptability. About not only weathering storms, but using howling winds to spread seeds wide, torrential rains to nurture roots so they can grow deeper and stronger. Nature has taught me that a storm can be used to clear out branches that are dying, to let go of that which was keeping us from growing in new directions.
brown, adrienne maree (2017) Emergent Strategy.pdf
Our bodies are inseparable from nature.
Ecosomatics is best defined by its parts. Soma refers to the body as its perceived from within. Rather than the human body being observed from the outside, the human soma is a distinct phenomenon. These two viewpoints allow humans to be equally internally self-aware and externally aware. Eco points to the environment and the phrase in its entirety encapsulates the fact that ecology, the natural world, and the lived experience of the body are inseparable.
This awareness has been a part of Indigenous cultures across the world for centuries, and the mere naming of ecosomantics illustrates the ways in which we have moved away from our connection to nature as a result of capitalism, colonization, white supremacy, and patriarchy. Practicing ecosomatics through a Western lens must honor Earth's true caretakers. It can be through restoring sovereignty to the land and Indigenous people; learning about the cultural contexts of where we live and understanding that places hold deep meaning, living history, and knowledge; being truly present by tuning in to textures, sounds, and smells of nature within us; or by simply planting a seed.
Planetary health and human health are entwined—what benefits the planet, benefits our minds. How do you reconnect with nature?
“…It is helpful to think of information like water. At a molecular level, it is invisible and imperceptible to the human eye, yet as being made in large part of water, we are literally swimming in dilutions of it every day,”
“Like water, information takes the shape of its container…. Like water, information circulates through human-made networks oriented to fulfill communal needs. Like water, information is measured, dammed, bought and sold, regulated and recycled. Like water, information has a value in global circuits of trade.”
“Yet though the idea of information flowing like water is helpful, it does not go far enough to depict the complete malleability of information, nor does it accurately reflect what Manuel Castells has articulated as the power of information flowing through networks.”