TGGC #90: Cultivating digital mindfulness and finding peace in the city with Clare Barry

Clare Barry is a Londoner, writer and founder of Urban Curiosity - a creativity and wellness company that helps busy people slow down and see things differently. Clare writes about creativity and human connection in a digital world and London in the real one. She leads international retreats and Urban Curiosity Walkshops in her hometown; these two-hour sessions are are part digital detox, part creativity class - on foot.

By changing her lifestyle after experiencing burn out, Clare fell back in love with London and found solace within the hustle and bustle of the big city. I loved talking to her about ideas for navigating a busy, overwhelming city in a slower, more mindful way, being mindful of when and how we use our smartphones, and periods of consuming information vs. periods of creation.

 

 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How rediscovering her passion for creative expression, chronic pain, and grief ultimately led Clare to transform her life
  • The changes that Clare made that led to her falling back in love with London
  • Ideas for navigating a busy, overwhelming city in a slower, more mindful way
  • Being mindful of when and how we use our smartphones
  • Being in periods of consuming information vs. periods of creation
  • Learning the rules so that we can decide when we want to break them

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TGGC #89: The magic of trauma-informed herbalism with Kirsten Hale

Kirsten Hale is a trauma-informed herbalist and witch working to unspell the patterns of personal and collective trauma.

She talks regularly to plants, makes potions and serves her kitties.

She lives on the colonized territories of the Multnomah, Clackamas and other indigenous peoples in Portland, OR with two cats and a crow.

In this episode we talk about what trauma really is, the link between trauma and anti-oppression work, the role that herbs can play in addressing anxiety, and trauma and beginning your own relationship with herbs.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • What it means to be a trauma-informed herbalist
  • Taking a client-led approach to healing/helping work
  • Understanding what trauma actually is
  • The link between trauma and anti-oppression work
  • The role that herbs can play in addressing anxiety and trauma
  • Kirsten’s journey to becoming a herbalist
  • Whether we need to consult with a trained herbalist or can begin experimenting with herbalism ourselves

 

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TGGC #88: Why healing is valuable work with Shivani Seth

Shivani Seth is a South Asian American queer woman and the child of 1st generation immigrants from India.

She’s a long-time writer, but a new publisher. I loved her article, Healing is Valuable Work and that’s the very topic we dive into in this episode.

We chat about how she restructured her life after burn out, how we can come to be more generous with our definition of “work,” and the cultural beliefs we have to undo in order to see the true value of taking care of ourselves.

 

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Exploring the connection between caffeine and anxiety
  • The impact of warming foods and drinks on our bodies
  • Shivani’s experience of burn out and how she restructured her life as a result
  • Her transition out of social work and into freelance writing
  • The Rest for Resistance project
  • Creating a more generous and inclusive definition of “work”
  • Self-care as a deposit in “the bank"

 

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