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Leny Strobel

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Dear Beautiful Reader,


My grandmother, Apu Sinang, came to me many times when I first started my journey of decolonization more than two decades ago. In these dreams she became alive to me as a Sacred and Whole Woman who would guide me and hold my hand and my heart. More recently, my other ancestors - the Luna brothers: Joaquin, Antonio, and Juan - have also come to me with their open hands towards my heart saying:

"Take our Hearts with You! Our public lives were not perfect but we did our best for our Motherland. Your Mother has this heart. It is also yours."


Through this website, I offer my heart and soul to you. May you find inspiration here to call back your Indigenous Soul. Let's take off our colonial jackets, work through the shadowy parts of history, and discover the gems that await when we reach the clearing in the meadow of Aliveness and Wholeness.


Be Home Now.

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Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio

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How might we learn how to Dwell in a Place, learn how to be part of the landscape, or learn how to see and feel in a whole new way? By learning how to dance, chant, and do ritual? To greet the ancient redwoods in our backyards every morning and hug the trees in the garden? To put our hands in the soil and try to learn the names of all the non-human beings we live with? All these take time. Slowness is key. Practicing presence is difficult for us in this modern culture. We are latecomers to this way of being and while we may still feel resistance sometimes, this may be the essential practice to undo our current cultural conditionings.


Join us for this conversation on disengaging from the intellectual life that demands a loyalty to the faculty of reason with the body and emotions served only as side dishes on the menu of the canon and learn how to bring your whole self  - body, mind, heart, spirit  - into the only life you have to live, because when you do it changes everything.

Learning How to Dwell in a Place: A Practice in Decolonization with Dr. Leny Strobel and Dr. Bayo Akomolafe
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