Driven by the intention to stay in touch with the Boom Community and encourage critical thinking, we launched a series of cultural initiatives during the pandemic.
With the Boom Toolkit for Covid-19 and the Liminal PodQuests we’re bringing you interactive, collective, reflective, psychoactive perspectives to help us all to become friends with uncertainty in the Anthropocene.
Join us for PodQuest #7 on 6 May 2021 at 21h CET!
SPIRITED AWAY: Wandering into mature spirituality
Maya Angelou reminds us that “on a small and lonely planet, out of such chaos, of such contradiction, we learn that we are neither devils nor divines” and what is it that can we learn from deserts, forests and waters, from sheep herders, the orishas, dragonflies and the toothless one in our collective three-legged marathon?
There is something awkward about emergence and emergent systems and we are constantly butting heads with binarisms, especially during times of immense upheaval. How can we appreciate the world as a colossal compost heap, an ecosystem of ecosystems beyond dogma, puritanism, superficial wokeness, and all our inherited bubbles and self-imposed cages? What do modern Westerners miss out on by being born in such a disenchanted time? Is it too late to reconnect? Can humour and the weird be allies in spiritual questing? How do we tap into seven generation thinking and feel into the concept of original beauty?
In this inquiry into what “mature spirituality” tastes and feels like, we will be sitting with representatives of two lineages whose essence has survived the onslaught of colonialism. Bayo Akomolafe and Pat McCabe weave together the convergences and complementarities of Yoruba and Diné/Lakota wisdom.
PAT MCCABE: WOMAN STANDS SHINING
Pat is usually introduced as a mother, activist, indigenous elder and ceremonial leader from the Diné or Navajo tribe in Turtle Island (North America), but she is much more than that.
She is a badass representative of the female side of the 5 fingered ones and a fierce messenger of the original instructions reminding us how to live in cooperation and co-creation with Mother Earth, an untamed warrioress in defense of the original plan of this planet: which is Life and more Life and more Life.
Check her Liminal Village 2018 talk on “Rediscovering the Original Instructions” and participation in the Boom Toolkit for Covid-19 #4: An Indigenous Leader’s Perspective.
Bayo is a husband and father, psychologist, author, speaker originally from the Yoruba’ tribe in Nigeria, but he is also the embodiment of radical fugitivity from the constraints of the oppressive familiar.
A slayer of anthropocenic dreams of dominance, digging deep into the cracks of normality opened by climate change and the pandemic, to help us hope that our normal will never be the same again. He is the author of “These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home” and “We Will Tell Our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak!”.