78 episodes

Welcome to Belonging, a podcast that explores how to come home to yourself in the age of loneliness. Lead by Becca Piastrelli, your host and guide on a journey of courageous reconnection as we explore topics like ancestral wisdom, cultivating meaningful sisterhood, living with the seasons and cycles of the earth and your body, and what it means to be a good ancestor.

Belonging Becca Piastrelli

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 109 Ratings

Welcome to Belonging, a podcast that explores how to come home to yourself in the age of loneliness. Lead by Becca Piastrelli, your host and guide on a journey of courageous reconnection as we explore topics like ancestral wisdom, cultivating meaningful sisterhood, living with the seasons and cycles of the earth and your body, and what it means to be a good ancestor.

    74. {Solo Episode} Re-ritualizing your life during a major life transition

    74. {Solo Episode} Re-ritualizing your life during a major life transition

    I'm back for the first episode of 2021 and my first solo episode after giving birth to my baby, Atlas. I'm in this place where all the rituals I held before having a baby feel a little foreign in my system. In this episode, I'm sharing a who I am becoming now, how I'm navigating this major life transition, and how I'm re-ritualizing my life in what really feels like the beginning of a second lifetime.

    Find show notes for this episode here: https://beccapiastrelli.com/re-ritualizing-life/

    Follow Becca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beccapiastrelli/

    • 29 min
    73. Braided Blood with Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman

    73. Braided Blood with Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman

    Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman is a Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner specializing in sacred plant medicines for communication and relationship. Believing strongly in the necessity of hybrid medicine to meet the unique challenges of modern life, Yaya is engaged in the continued study of Plant Medicine, Active Dreaming, and Goddess Traditions from around the world as gateways into the richness of direct personal experience of uncurated reality. A Devotee, Artist, and Mother of primarily Taino and Irish descent, Yaya offers multi-dimensional, plant medicine assisted, sex-positive prayer spaces, and healing experiences designed to help you integrate all that you have encountered on your soul's journey and come to live from a place of deep understanding of the way that each of your life experiences has contributed to the uniqueness and potency of your personal spirit medicine.

    In this episode, Yaya shares her experience of being of mixed descent and the braided blood of the Taino indigenous people. She shares how she's developed a relationship with the land she lives on and how she very much sees being in relationship with the land like being in a romantic relationship. We talk about the cyclical wheel of the year to foster reconnection to nature and how linear time is a tool that can facilitate a certain way of being, but that doesn't necessarily need to be adhered to. And finally, we talk about plant allies for a time of racial uprising and healing from white supremacy and how Yaya has found the medicine of kava to enable her to feel herself in a time when we lose ourselves.

    Find show notes for this episode here: https://beccapiastrelli.com/yaya-erin-rivera-merriman/

    Follow Yaya on Instagram: http://instagram.com/activeculturefamily

    Follow Becca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beccapiastrelli/

    • 48 min
    72. Finding Freedom from Narcissistic Abuse with Madison Morrigan

    72. Finding Freedom from Narcissistic Abuse with Madison Morrigan

    For this vast, wide, deep, multi-layered topic of Belonging I've got a powerful conversation to share that I had with Madison Morrigan. Madison is a life coach and speaker whose work is centered on self-responsibility and full expression. She coaches ambitious and creative womxn to shed layers of old programming that are keeping them small so they can finally come home to their true selves. Madison is also someone who has left the evangelical church, grew up in a household of narcissistic abuse, and has recently come out as queer, so she's been doing a lot of personal work in the realm of belonging, unbelonging, and false belonging.

    Together we talk about belonging as sovereignty, Madison shares her story of leaving the evangelical church, growing up with an alcoholic father who went to prison and became born again, how she joined a radical church and spent 5 years questioning the abuse in that space before leaving and processing that trauma, and then how she found her own wholeness after leaving the church. Madison sweetly shares that in the last two years she's discovered that she's queer and fell in love with a woman. We talk about the behavior of defaulting to rigid belief systems when you aren't willing to heal and the either/or response to uncertainty stemming from traumatic events over generations. Finally, we discuss whether or not there can be beneficial uses of shame and breaking down narcissistic abuse in our culture.

    Find show notes for this episode here: https://beccapiastrelli.com/madison-morrigan/

    Follow Madison on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madisonmorrigan

    Follow Becca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beccapiastrelli/

    • 58 min
    71. Longing to Be with Luna Grace Isbell-Love

    71. Longing to Be with Luna Grace Isbell-Love

    Luna Grace Isbell-Love is someone who has been in my orbit for a while. You'll hear at the beginning of the interview that I invited her on the Belonging Podcast and she said, "Yes! I've been waiting for this." Luna is a truth-telling, shadow-walking, trauma-informed, nervous system exploring woman of devotion. Her work lies at the intersection of exploring what it means to be both human and holy, welcoming the full spectrum of life: the agony, the ecstasy, and everything in between. Luna is devoted to social justice advocacy, working primarily with the addiction recovery and incarcerated communities, through the integration of council work, spiritual psychology principles, and restorative justice practices.

    In this episode, Luna shares how she uses tea ceremony as ritual for beginning each day, we talk about how we all have the same mother tongue of earthspeak, and Luna reframes belonging as "longing to be" as a way of asking ourselves what we long for in order to remember that we belong. Luna shares her connection to her ancestors and growing up in a multi-generational Sicilian Brooklyn household and how we can connect to the ancestors through food. We talk about stopping the war inside of ourselves to stop the harm of whiteness, how grief and death are tools for allyship and resilience, and how busy hands calm the mind.

    Find show notes for this episode here: https://beccapiastrelli.com/luna-grace-isbell-love/

    Follow Luna on Instagram: https://instagram.com/lunagraceisbelllove

    Follow Becca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beccapiastrelli/

    • 53 min
    Being as Belonging: Part Two of a Special Hearthfire Conversation

    Being as Belonging: Part Two of a Special Hearthfire Conversation

    We're continuing our very special, two-part conversation for you today coming to you from inside the Hearthfire community.

    Hearthfire is my virtual healing and support space for us to devote ourselves to this work of creating a life for ourselves that truly nourishes us. We seek to create lives that are in deeper integrity, that have us being better ancestors, that have us healing the wounds from living in systems of oppression that have us holding ourselves back in a time where our voices and our actions and our hearts are deeply needed.

    This episode is the second part of a recording of one of our regular calls in Hearthfire where we might practice the art of witnessing, do rituals, do meditations, learn from guest speakers, or have deep and meaningful conversations like the one you'll hear here.

    In this second part, you'll hear us talk about learning to belong to yourself particularly when you struggle with anxiety and depression, and in fact loving your depression, the struggle with sharing your depression journey with your community, struggling with sickness when no one knows how to support you (including yourself!), finding connection with the earth when you live in a city and come from a lineage of colonizers, and learning how deep you can really go in community.

    Follow Kelsey Mech on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelseymech/

    Follow Lindsay McCance on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsaymccance/

    Follow Janna Meiring on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jannameiring/

    Follow Allie Salter on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allie.salt/

    Follow Alyson Wright on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplyalyson/

    Follow Caitlin Brehm on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caitlinbrehm/

    Follow Becca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beccapiastrelli/

    • 37 min
    Remembering You Aren't Alone: Part One of a Special Hearthfire Conversation

    Remembering You Aren't Alone: Part One of a Special Hearthfire Conversation

    I have a very special, two-part conversation for you today coming to you from inside the Hearthfire community.

    Hearthfire is my virtual healing and support space for us to devote ourselves to this work of creating a life for ourselves that truly nourishes us. We seek to create lives that are in deeper integrity, that have us being better ancestors, that have us healing the wounds from living in systems of oppression that have us holding ourselves back in a time where our voices and our actions and our hearts are deeply needed.

    This episode is a recording of one of our regular calls in Hearthfire where we might practice the art of witnessing, do rituals, do meditations, learn from guest speakers, or have deep and meaningful conversations like the one you'll hear here.

    In this first part, you'll hear us talk about what's been a challenge in each of our journeys with cultivating a deeper sense of belonging in our lives. We talk about navigating friendship, the very real experience of loss and grief (and the subsequent relationship losses that come with it), how to better support one who is grieving, remembering we are never alone, and the loneliness of the mothering journey.

    Follow Kate Youdell on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/books_and_caffeine_7/

    Follow Azalea Moen on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azaleamoen/

    Thank you also to Justine Hearn for your words.

    Follow Becca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beccapiastrelli/

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Cara Viana ,

Your heart needs this

Becca’s love comes through and every episode of this podcast. I highly highly recommend it! It’s like a giant permission slip for your heart. We all struggle with belonging in someway or another and this podcast is like snuggling up in front of a warm fire with wonderful people who will help you feel like you belong.

HaleyA1 ,

Delightful and Thought Provoking

This podcast is such a sweet addition to your day, be it a part of your morning meditation, drive to and from work/school, or after the family has went to bed. Little tidbits of rich internal conversation that help us to focus on the work we need to do to stay balanced. Love this ❤️

Britta315 ,

Deep Feminine Nourishment

This podcast is deeply nourishing to the feminine soul. Becca’s audio-presence is remarkably soothing and invitational. If you’re interested in cultivating a life of rich connection to yourself, other women, the earth, & your ancestors, this is the podcast for you.

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