Intuitive Social Kitchen
Thank you to everyone who has been so patient and supportive in regards to my severe neurological effects on Facebook.
I work very hard to cultivate a sense of normative narrative for those who need it, which means that — every time I show up in public, especially if I’m using Facebook — I am minimizing and hiding severe symptoms to a profound degree.
Doing this work makes me much sicker, and at the same time, I will not survive without establishing a reliable personal income stream.
(To underscore this last statement: I do not have *any* reliable income stream and very rarely receive donations. On a daily basis, I am without crucial emergency supplies, safe food, clothes, shoes, health interventions, and disability aids while too ill to care for myself, and frequently do not have money to access the most basic solutions to prevent suffering.)
If you’re hearing from me in public, I am almost always *faking* greatest possible function, struggling through physiological severity to make it happen. The moment I go offline I am much sicker than when I started.
When you hear from me in public or when you think of me, please check on me.
If you don’t hear from me in public on a given day, please check on me.
The symptom cascades I experience from daily exertions are extreme. Without support, my body can die of complications within days.
I really, really, really appreciate people who check on me.
If you value the work I’ve been doing through personal and cultural apocalypse, please consider sharing a little of what you have here: https://Intuitive.community/donations
If you want to help in a non-financial way, please read this page, participate (please and very thank you!), or give me feedback if you are able: https://Intuitive.pub/support
Thank you for courageous heart-lights shining. I am feeling it — in miraculous ways, it is sustaining.
Intuitive Public Radio is an Internet-based public health art and advocacy project that I have been working on with international friends and colleagues for a number of years.
One of the things we have done each day is to imagine together the lives of microbes.
The lives of microbes and our own lives are so interconnected — especially for those of us who are aware of how we and our microbes eat together.
Understandings of microbially healing foods and safe fermentation practices strengthen our communities and those we have been reaching out to, especially at this challenging time.
To talk about this on a public platform with kindness, solidarity, and a healthy dose of whimsy (you must know!) is restorative to all of us including and especially many very scared people and whole communities suffering in pain or confusion.
My own healing journey has required deep emergency education about fermenting every possible food I can ferment.
A crucial part of restoring my function after digestive failure has been in building relationships with the populations of tiny people in the cultures I am fermenting — friends and neighbors to me, sharing food with me, sharing their lives with me even invisibly.
This food based relationship building has also been a relief in prolonged isolation and a means of recovering from trauma, all of which many people are newly experiencing.
In community, when we imagine together what we cannot physically see, people who are struggling find they can learn and develop new skill sets more easily.
This is a leverage point I have used to come back from neurological injuries a number of times, and has proven life-saving for us to remember on a daily basis.
More notes available at Intuitive.Social/Kitchen 🌿🥦🥬
Wartime medicinal kitchens save the lives of environmental disaster survivors every day.
We are building inclusive, accessible, intuitive, community-serving medicinal kitchens based on the emergent specifications shared by members of our communities.
With the help of Intuitive Public Radio, we are bringing this resource to your neighborhood — asking you and the people you care about what makes your lives better, what foods heal your family, and what you need in your kitchens.
(Hungry? Feel like you need to say something? You’re invited.)
There’s something about discussions about caring for one another and eating together — commensality — that captivate us these days.
These two things go together.
What is it about them?
The desire to be closer to our food and closer to one another seems driven by necessity; we are sorting out catastrophes of misinformation…
We are regularly put through painful misunderstandings, exacerbated by trauma affecting all participants.
But when we raise a focus on caring and commensality, something shifts.
We notice that when we prioritize both effective communication and effective digestion, we have different and better outcomes than before.
We don’t feel so much like we’re dying; we share food with one another, we build understandings with one another, we notice a new resilience despite physical duress.
Digestive neurology in community.