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Geologist. Gardener. Exploratory sculptor.
Welcome to Episode 12. This is the first of a 3-part series, each featuring a visionary, action-taking young woman who faithfully volunteers at La Huerta Roots and Rays community garden in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.
One of the reasons I started doing these interviews -- having simple, recorded conversations with people who are in conscious relationship with the planet they live on -- is because there really is something special about them. I respect their ability to notice and support cycles of life, in a technologically-dominated era. I value conversations that are centered around Life, or are full of Life. That's how I felt talking with this renaissance woman, Imogene Ellis. Here's our sensory-rich and playful chat.
In addition to Roots and Rays, here are a few more of Imogene's favorite resources:
Next Up: Permaculture Principle #4: "Apply self-regulation, and accept feedback."
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾