Rooted: Is it important to connect to your roots?

Some people want, or feel that they need, a sense of a wider connection to see how they fit into a larger world, both currently and historically. People can also feel the need for a wider social connection, particularly in modern Western societies where small nuclear families and greater geographical mobility may lead to a sense of isolation. From an existential perspective, ‘striving to find a meaning in one’s life is a primary motivational force’ (Frankl, 1968).

But why is the root such a compelling metaphor for thinking about our connection to ancestors, homelands, and the earth itself?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Bobi Conn was born in Morehead, Kentucky, and raised in a nearby holler, where she developed a deep connection with the land and her Appalachian roots. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Berea College, the first school in the American South to integrate racially and to teach men and women in the same classrooms. She worked five part-time jobs at one point to support her son and to attend graduate school, where she earned a master’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In the Shadow of the Valley: A Memoir is her first book.

Life coach Natasha Mahtani

Buzzvalve managing partner Rohan Chandrashekhar

Personal coach and life strategist Nicolina Werther

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and internationally recognised teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today.

Here is the video link.

Mark Wolynn on how trauma is passed on to our children:

Books looked at this week:

Bobi Conn: In the Shadow of the Valley: A Memoir

Dr. Sharon Blackie: If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of the Celtic Woman

Mark Wolynn: It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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