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‘Home’ is also the past. Home is also where history lives. We tend to conveniently forget this in the West. We’re too busy forging full steam ahead in the name of something called infinite progress. We’re too obsessed with the glittering promise of the new to bother casting a glance backward into the depths of history and of our own authentic selves. I believe that cultivating a sense of the past is a way of reconnecting with a secret, suppressed part of the self. It is discovering that, in a sense, our souls have all been ‘pre-loved.’ It is discovering a way forward, a healing process, a newly and more authentically spiritual path. It is choosing to lean into the ‘wind’ and ‘flow’ of our lives, into the river of time. It is choosing to rewild the spirit...

A Thread of History: Teahouse Poems to Nurture the Past and Rewild the Spirit Caroline Kerjean

    • Religion & Spirituality

‘Home’ is also the past. Home is also where history lives. We tend to conveniently forget this in the West. We’re too busy forging full steam ahead in the name of something called infinite progress. We’re too obsessed with the glittering promise of the new to bother casting a glance backward into the depths of history and of our own authentic selves. I believe that cultivating a sense of the past is a way of reconnecting with a secret, suppressed part of the self. It is discovering that, in a sense, our souls have all been ‘pre-loved.’ It is discovering a way forward, a healing process, a newly and more authentically spiritual path. It is choosing to lean into the ‘wind’ and ‘flow’ of our lives, into the river of time. It is choosing to rewild the spirit...

    I Remember (Je me souviens)

    I Remember (Je me souviens)

    In this monthly episode, I recount my recent discovery of ''ambience videos'' and about our shared desire to experience the past as a ''distant home'', as something which, ultimately, allows us to touch the eternal within our soulsI further explore the cartesian, rational mindset which informs every aspect of our Western way of life. How does our denial of the past affect us? How does it shape our daily lives?Our yearning for a connection to the past allows us to understand and experience more fully the emotional and physical legacy our ancestors left us, the present and the future they dreamed up for us. I invite you to ''time travel'' with me by sharing a cherished piece of my own personal history and my special way of honouring that memory. Music Credits:

    "Prelude'', Yakov Golman, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

    Bibliography:
    Cather, Willa. Shadows on the Rock, Knopf Doubleday, 1971.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out with any feedback, it is always greatly appreciated! You may find me at caroline.kerjean.author@gmail.com

    • 17 min
    The Beauty of Belonging

    The Beauty of Belonging

    French philosopher Simone Weil famously wrote that ''to be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul." In this monthly episode, I explore the need for rootedness, for a true sense of belonging, through the lens of the current pandemic and the emotional and spiritual space it has opened up for us.I also explore the need for rootedness as defined by the philosophy of ''wabi-sabi'', which I first encountered as a child via the art of Japanese anime.Finally, I invite you to revisit the mental and spiritual space that opens up to us when we allow ourselves to ''return to the self'' by embracing a newfound sense of belonging in a fractured world.Music Credits:

    "Prelude'', Yakov Golman, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

    Bibliography:

    Couturier, Andy. The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan, Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 2017.
    Weil, Simone. The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties towards Mankind, London and New York, Routledge, 2002.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out with any feedback, it is always greatly appreciated! You may find me at caroline.kerjean.author@gmail.com

    • 15 min
    To All the Old Souls

    To All the Old Souls

    This first episode and the podcast itself are a sort of ‘sequel’ to my book, A Bloody Song: How Anime and Literature Collide (2020). A sequel in the form of an oral scrapbook or ‘thought collage’ of my musings and feelings about ‘the enduring mystery of time travel’, meaning the emotional and spiritual investigation of how the past feeds into the present. I feel that something is missing from most conversations about spirituality. You often hear about ‘living in the moment’, ‘feeling the oneness of the universe’ and all that. But you rarely hear about the past, about our vital connection to history. To ‘nurture’ the past is not romanticizing it. It is a means of exploring and understanding how it feeds into and continues to shape our daily lives. It is a means of embracing the full narrative of our lives, and of 'rewilding' the spirit...Music Credits:

    "Prelude'', Yakov Golman, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

    Bibliography:

    Couturier, Andy. The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan, Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books, 2017.
    Jourdain, Eleanor F. and Charlotte Anne Moberly. An Adventure. White Rabbit Press, 2014.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out with any feedback, it is always greatly appreciated! You may find me at caroline.kerjean.author@gmail.com

    • 15 min

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