Original airdate: November 24, 2021
Opening Song: Remember by Joy Harjo
This practice is called Connect In because our vision was to create a space for people to connect into themselves and one another. Today’s invitation is to connect into the land and open our awareness to the histories of it’s peoples. As we move our bodies across the lands to our homes, works and schools, may we remember the peoples who lived in these same places for centuries before and whose descents are still living now. May we remember how to be a good relative to the land and all of our kin. May we remember that many of the histories we have learned need closer attention, broader awareness, and make a commitment to open our hearts to learning what has been held out of sight for too long.
Additional resources for this practice:
Native Land App which helps you research the indigenous histories of the land you live upon and travel to.
Remember, a poem by U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo
Land Acknowledgment considerations from Mindful Magazine
Connect In is a guided mindfulness practice that happens every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. EST. This community event is virtual, free, and open to all levels of mindfulness practice. 15 minutes is all it takes to start your day with intention. Connect In now!
Caryl Church Jesseph (she/her) is a Curriculum and Education Developer and Mindful Educator with Mind Body Align. Along with 15 years of experience in public schools as a K-12 art educator, Caryl is also a certified yoga teacher, published writer, exhibited artist, and winner of the Northeast Ohio Outstanding Art Educator Award and The Carrie Nordlund Award.
Caryl earned her Master’s Degree in Art Education from Kent State University. She compliments her work with modalities rooted in storytelling, visual art, movement, play, and ecological connection. She is passionate about creating welcoming, safe, inclusive, equity-focused spaces that support people’s mindful awareness and connection to self, others and the natural world. Outside of the classroom, Caryl can often be found photographing wildflowers, writing stories, or enjoying live music.