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Random Thoughts and Ramblings

Random Thoughts and Ramblings

Random Thoughts and Ramblings


Random Thoughts and Ramblings:

I love that Gen Z is falling in love with Kate Bush.

I could care less about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

My early summer perennial flowers are starting to bloom and it is 96 degrees mid June. They look disgusted. And wilted before they even flowered.

Stop calling human rights issues culture wars.

My neighbor is a guerrilla gardener, planting flowers and shrubs in abandoned lots. I think she likes plants more than people. I love her. Or at the very least, my heart expands and tenderness seeps all the way down to my toes when I see her, ever hopeful, expanding her garden in the empty lot across the street.

Pretty much all the Republicans right now are awful. Some are downright monstrous.

The people currently calling for more guns…..Yikes. The calling for this creates a wound in my being, a deep sorrow that feels ancient and familiar. Violence is a story of the human race but it is not the only narrative, nor does it need to be the predominant one.

Jesus used metaphor to teach us to dismantle empire by planting mustard seeds everywhere, the insidious, invasive species that destroyed mass crops. We dismantle empire by living into the beloved community, resisting ranking, hierarchy, mindless consumption, isolation, competition, greed and by refusing to model our existence after King of the Hill, the ridiculous children’s game.

I think about gravity, spirals, the various densities of fluid in our bodies, the microbes in our gut and rolling my body on the ground fairly often. ┬áThe circulation of fluids in our body mirrors that of the planet; evaporation, condensation, precipitation, urine, blood, sweat, tears, lymph, interstitial fluid. The fascial matrix of our being, the continuity of our connective tissue and it’s relationship to our nervous system is replicated externally in the mycelium network, the largest organism on the planet, a system integrated into layers of soil that provide nourishment and facilitate communication to trees. We are nature. Shapes and patterns of the natural world.

The earliest birdsong began this morning around 4:45 AM. The lone voice of a songbird singing the dawn into unfolding. Slowly and gradually other birdsong emerged, a symphony of rejoicing at the sun rising another day.

Reoccurring random thoughts.

Diving underneath the noise at the top to submerge into the depths, to rise with a connected, grounded, present nervous system.









Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen, B.A. Political Science/Sociology, is a Certified Music Practitioner, Sound Healer, Reiki Master, and Registered Yoga Teacher with a trauma informed/social justice framework. She has 20 years experience of working with some of the most amazing people on the planet; hospice patients and their families, patients in a variety of health conditions, survivors of sexual abuse, adults with mental illness and most recently, incarcerated women. Rachel is also passionate about supporting and working with caregivers to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue. Locally, Rachel teaches Creative Movement at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. Regionally and nationally, she teaches and presents at conferences and retreats, weaving live music, yoga, and creative movement into themes of compassion, self acceptance, and transformation. Rachel is committed to engaging people from all walks of life in the healing arts to create healthy, diverse, and joyful communities.