onbeinginyourbody @onbeinginyourbody
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An embodied way of being and selfkeeping | Currently writing a book for @penguinrandomhouse | Created by @victoria.emanuela + @caitie_metz
323 Posts
54k Followers
660 Following
An embodied way of being and selfkeeping | Currently writing a book for @penguinrandomhouse | Created by @victoria.emanuela + @caitie_metz
We know the news of the first crisis hotline for trans folx (@translifeline) is sweeping social media outlets, but that doesn’t mean everyone has access to this information. We’d like to share the numbers for the US + Canada hotlines for anyone who needs it, knows someone that needs it, and anyone who wants to be a better ally. Even if this doesn’t apply to you directly, the more likes it gets, the more it moves up the stupid algorithm and reaches someone who needs it. Please engage + share. Xo
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Yesterday we shared a teeny peep into a philosophy we've been developing for OBIYB and our book. We wanted to clarify our beliefs behind Selfkeeping and take ownership over where we fell short, thanks to your helpful constructive criticism! On Being in Your Body is an account run by two queer humxns healing from (c)ptsd and processing their shit out loud. Our intention wasn't to declare selfkeeping definitively but to emphasize what we're personally working through, not as some authority on the matter. We created the thing WE needed, and after a year of taking surveys, we saw a need outside of our own to shift the narrative around the hijacked term of "self-care." Language is extremely influential and has the ability to be weaponized by systems of power, and due to our experiences, "self-care" has become a word/trope we've felt very limited by. In no way are we trying to shame those who are attached to the term self-care because we honor whatever works best for you! Some people use self-care, others use self-maintenance, and we use selfkeeping. Semantics are what determine how a word and its meaning are received and internalized, and we honor everyone's unique interpretation of their personal care. Our chart depicting self-care vs. selfkeeping was not meant to undermine anyone's methods, but to call in how the commodification of self-care has created a list of side effects for those who struggle with it, based on our experiences and public surveys. By commodification, we mean surface level self-care methods that fuel our avoidance to deal with the root causes of our suffering. Don't get us wrong, bath bombs and spa treatments are great, but the glorification of self-care promotes consumption through often frivolous and privileged activities, and excludes the not so pretty, mundane, and internal resourcing of our upkeep (because they don't sell!). If our philosophy is for everyone, then it's for no one, and we created it for ourselves and those struggling to move beyond the negative connotations of “self-care.” Humxns have a history of reclaiming and evolving the meaning of words to become safe containers again, and that’s what we sure as hell support! 💛🦋🦄
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We wrote a mini manifesto about how we feel about the commodification and elitism of self-care and our preferred way of speaking about nurturing ourselves—SELFKEEPING. This subversive philosophy is a little peep into our book for Penguin and one we’ll be exploring with you through many facets! On Being in Your Body is an account run by two queer humxns healing from (c)ptsd and processing their shit out loud. We created the thing WE needed, and after a year of taking surveys, we saw a need outside of our own to shift the narrative around the hijacked term of "self-care." Language is extremely influential and has the ability to be weaponized by systems of power, and due to our experiences, "self-care" has become a word/trope we've felt very limited by. In no way are we trying to shame those who are attached to the term self-care because we honor whatever works best for you! We’ll be expanding on selfkeeping in our new workshop series, so if you haven’t gotten a ticket to our debut in NYC, go go go get one! Link in bio. . . EDIT: Please read our next post that clarifies our intention and the meaning behind selfkeeping! We took concerns + confusion in comments below and mindfully addressed them. We created Selfkeeping for ourselves and those struggling to move beyond the negative connotations of the commercially hijacked trope of “self-care.” 💛
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New York City!!!! We’re coming for you and kicking off our second workshop tour with our new “Your Body Is The Book” workshop! We’re hosting it in the gorgeous⁣ @grandstreethealing in Brooklyn and tickets are sliding scale, but since our soft launch, they’re going fast! Sign up and let us hold space for your tender bodies. Description and details below + link in our bio! Ps. Comment below where you’d like us to come next 🌝 ⁣ This workshop deconstructs the fluidity of identity and reclaiming the essential parts of ourselves that we’ve been conditioned to keep hidden through shame. Together we’ll explore how to take up radical space in our bodies and thrive fluidly beyond limited ways of being through the act of selfkeeping. Using a mix of humxn connection, embodied meditation, intuitive movement, art-making, somatic writing, and becoming your own radical nurturer—this workshop intends to empower its participants to move beyond the restrictive gaze of how to have a body.⁣ ⁣ @victoria.emanuela will guide us through the intersection of embodiment and identity through somatic meditation and intuitive movement. @caitie_metz will facilitate self-expression through zine making and exploring your feels. Through the wisdom found within the rich texts that are our bodies, we'll explore the self as a process and not a static being.⁣
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BETTER TOGETHER: Today is not a day to take a break by raising noise in celebration of freedom, but in raising noise for justice in a country that is detaining humxn brings, family, and children in cruel, neglectful, and inhumane ways at our border. If you sign up for our online course today, all proceeds through the *weekend* will be given directly to @rai@raicestexas and @sup@supportkind. This country cannot celebrate freedom until it acknowledges that it was stolen from the hands of indigenous humxns and built on the backs of migrant, immigrants, and enslaved humxns who against their will, laid the foundation of this land as a “home” to those who call it one. Showing up to fight for the lives of even the tiniest of humxns literally dying at our border from abuse, malnourishment, and inadequate shelter is what today should be focused on—not just pool parties and colorful explosions. As @chaninicholas said today, we have concentration camps in America right now. We don’t just take a break from that because our privilege allows. Please consider donating any amount to organizations like @raicestexas, @borderangelsofficial, @txcivilrights, and @supportkind today. We are better together. Raise up. Speak out. Challenge white supremacy. Today, especially today, and every single day. (Link in bio)
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Send us a one minute clip of yourself rambling / confessing / singing / or reciting poetry about how you're currently reclaiming your identity and your body as a home. We are creating a sound poetry and visual installation for a workshop we're teaching at Penguin Random House HQ in New York City. We want your voices to fill up the spaces we inhabit during our new workshop tour that kicks off July 17th! Speak your truth, take up space, and let us reverberate your tender being to the world. Send all audio clips to mail to hello(at)onbeinginyourbody(dot)com with subject "Body Home Audio" and you will receive an exclusive digital print sent to you! (This is a tiny taste of what we’ll be creating with your voices but with moving illustrations of diverse bodies as a visual/sonic installation. Some of you may even recognize your beautiful voices from this little sound poem we made last year! A very special thanks to our pal @alysonthompson for letting her body speak through these tender intuitive movements.)
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It may be July 1st, but pride is forever. Sending our love to those who commented on our previous post and shared their identities—we see you. You matter. Thank you. If you go take a peep at our stories, you can screenshot our quote in different colors to keep as a reminder! Xoxo
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As Pride Weekend comes to an end, let’s remember that Pride is an action we move toward every single day—it’s a word we sense in our bodies, celebrate, and reclaim as many times as we need to. The month of Pride might be ending, but there’s no expiration to the celebration and radical discourse of honoring, protecting, and advocating for our LGBTQIA+ family. Many of us are still rewriting our bodies, our narratives, and rediscovering essential parts of ourselves we’ve been taught to hide. Pride reminds us that we’re constantly morphing into forms both known and unknown, and that our body is a wild canvas of infinite possibility, beyond binaries and rigidity. Language is a powerful tool that directly impacts our identity and humxn experience—it has the potential to help us rise or keep us small—empower or shame. Express yourself, let’s all join together, us beautiful family of humxns, by sharing what words authentically resonate with your body and what makes you feel authentically YOU. We are Victoria (queer, non-binary, agender, they/them) and Caitlin (queer AF, genderfluid, she/her). How do you identify? ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Ps. Let’s give our butterfly some extra TLC for coming out publicly today after a year of hiding. Fly, butterfly! Fly! 🦋✨
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