Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day


Feeling worn out by the work of resistance? How do you persevere? Why is so challenging to find wholeness? Kaitlin Curtice joins us to share:

  • The four realms of resistance.
  • Why they are all needed for our liberation.
  • How resistance is a basic human calling.
  • The anxiety and fatigue that will set in if you don’t seek wholeness.
  • Why time in nature, ritual, rest, community, and journaling may help you.
  • Two poems and an excerpt from her book.

Today’s book is: Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day, by Kaitlin Curtice. In an era in which "resistance" has become tokenized, Kaitlin Curtice reclaims it as a basic human calling. Curtice shows that we can learn to practice embodied ways of belonging and connection to ourselves and one another through everyday practices, such as getting more in touch with our bodies, resting, and remembering our ancestors. She explores four "realms of resistance"—the personal, the communal, the ancestral, and the integral—and shows how these realms overlap and why all are needed for our liberation. Readers will be empowered to seek wholeness in whatever spheres of influence they inhabit.

Our guest is: Kaitlin B. Curtice, who is an award-winning author, poet-storyteller, and public speaker. As an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi nation, she writes on the intersections of spirituality and identity and how that shifts throughout our lives. She also speaks on these topics to diverse audiences who are interested in truth-telling and healing. Kaitlin participates in conversations on topics such as colonialism in faith communities, and she has spoken at many conferences. She writes online for Apartment Therapy, On Being, SELF Magazine, Oprah Daily, and more. Her work has been featured on CBS and in USA Today. She also writes at The Liminality Journal. Kaitlin lives in Philadelphia with her family.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, who is a historian.

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