MOVING RITUALS

IMAGE: WILL SARDINSKY

WORDS: KATE WEINER

It's the first Saturday night I've spent alone in a while. I finished putting together my room (much love to Nicole for her nesting how-to) and made myself a cup of magnesium tea to quell the altitude sickness. As I sank into bed, I could hear the songs of Stevie Wonder coursing through the air. I thought: when I get my energy back, I can't wait to go dance! before falling into the kind of sleep that comes when you are settled (almost) and closer toward a sense of home.

I've moved a lot this year. Each new city has given me the opportunity to grow. I love diving into the unknown, love turning the fear of loneliness into a catalyst for connection. These past few days, I've gone to a picnic in the park with friends from my co-housing community and played with pastels at an art therapy collective. I've met with people whose work I admire and taken restorative yoga classes. I didn't feel lonely. Every move has made it easier to be alone—to find the succulence in solo bike trips and farmers' market lunches. Inhabiting liminal periods used to fill me with sadness, maybe because I was so wracked with what ifs. More and more, I'm okay not knowing. It feels vital to take every day as it is. The alpine blue sky. The bike-sore legs. 

I've found that the rituals I bring to moving emerge in my environmental practices. Learning to let go, to move on, to pare down, to reenvsion—these skills fortify my ability to be an activist and nourish my capacity to weather discomfort. Everywhere I go, I'm finding ways to carve out a home. Moving makes you less scared of change. It inspires you to explore ways to grow where you are planted—even if you may soon be uprooted. 

Loam believes that everyone has the resources to be an environmental activist. We all have some skill—be it a creative passion or an aptitude for biology—that we can use to advocate for our earth (and by extension ourselves). It's natural to be unsure what exactly that gift is. But I think moving can be a channel for tapping into that power. It doesn't have to be a big move. It can be very, very small. All I know is that today is as good as any to experiment with embracing transitions.

Below, a few articles on (micro)movements that we hope will make you feel less alone in this wild world and more empowered to protect it.

The Delicious Act Of Disruption

Experience Matters: Connections Over Consumerism

Work With What You Have