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12.The Wisdom of Evergreens and the Cailleach in Winter Folklore

As we enter the winter season, let's take a moment to tap into the Ancestral folklore perspective of this time of year. As the days get colder and darker, it's important to lean into both community and rest. In this episode of Belonging, we're looking at some of the winter folklore associated with this season that the ancestors leaned on to cope with feelings of despair and darkness during the winter season. We're looking at the wisdom of the Evergreens, the Callieach, and the connection to...


11: Cultivate a Meaningful Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us, so in this episode of Belonging, I’m talking about cultivating a more meaningful relationship with the winter holidays. This is the time of year when seasonally and energetically we really want to go within. But often we feel pressured, frenzied, and can cross boundaries in preparing for the season and getting caught up in the commercialized aspects of the holidays. So let's talk about setting intentions and planning for and cultivating a more meaningful, aligned...


10. Ancestral Connection through Folkways

We've talked about tracing ancestry through DNA, we've talked about non-linear ancestral time, and we've talked about ways to connect to your ancestry through pilgrimage and exploring the lands they came from or settled on. Now in this episode, let's explore the ways we can connect to our ancestry through folk ways—song, dance, story, and food. Find show notes for this episode here: Ireland is calling:...


9. Choosing the Journey of Decolonization

Today's topic might feel a little heavy and make you a little bit uncomfortable, but I'm asking you to trust me. We're going to dig into what decolonization is and how you can examine your own part in colonization, the part your ancestors may have played in colonization, and how to move forward to make things right today. Find show notes for this episode here: Ireland is calling: Follow Becca on...


8. Ancestral connection beyond the DNA test

When it comes to connecting with our ancestors, it's a lot deeper than mapping our genealogy or taking a DNA test. In this episode of Belonging, I'm digging into the why being able to map genealogy comes from an immense place of privilege, the beauty of making pilgrimages to the lands (both indigenous and otherwise) of your ancestors, and how to connect with your ancestors through dreamwork and ancestral foods, song, and dance. Find show notes for this episode here:...


7. Embracing Ancestral Time

Let's take a moment to drop out of linear time and explore spiralic, ancestor time. In this episode, I'm digging into our connection to our ancestors through this concept of ancestral time and how in doing so, our lives are very much still entwined with those of our ancestors through the cycles we experience every day. Find show notes for this episode here: Ireland is calling: Follow Becca on Instagram:...


6. The Importance of Intergenerational Sisterhood

When it comes to belonging and creating circles of sisterhood, we tend to gravitate toward spaces of sameness, so in today's Belonging episode, let's talk about creating intergenerational sisterhood. It's important to diversify your circles to get different and new perspectives on the life you're living. There are so many ways to find diversity in sisterhood, but today's let's talk about creating sisterhood within the full spectrum of maiden, mother, and crone. Find show notes for this...


5. Seasonal Self-Care

Let's talk about seasonal self-care and living seasonally! Life for our ancestors was dictated by the seasons, so aligning ourselves with the seasons now might feel familiar in our bones. Today we're honing in on this transition point between Summer and Autumn and how this might be affecting our energy, creativity, and desire for rest. Find show notes for this episode here: Ireland is calling: Follow...


4. Productivity & Focus in a Distracting World

We are living in the most distracting of times, so let's talk about productivity and focus. But first, let's go back to the Industrial Revolution where we learned the mindset that quantity is better than quality, and where our value of how much we can output in a short of time was born. Productivity is important, but rather than work ourselves to exhaustion, it's important to make it work within the seasons and cycles of our lives. Find show notes for this episode here:...


3. Self-Care: The Key to Knowing Ourselves

Let's talk about self-care. It seems like a buzzword these days, but it's so important because this is the key to knowing ourselves and coming home to ourselves. Self-care is your birthright, so today we're talking about self-care—not as a fancy spa-like image you might see on Instagram, but as a way to give yourself the nurturing you need to be a happy, thriving individual. Find show notes for this episode here: Ireland is calling:...


2. Courage to Fail

Today we're examining failure and our aversion to failure as a way to dismantle capitalism and patriarchy in our society. Failure helps us learn, but we're so afraid of failing that it's created a system of lying. So instead, we're looking at how we can create cooperation, collaboration, and community. Find show notes for this episode here: Ireland is calling: Follow Becca on Instagram:...


1. Sisterhood & Anxiety

Today I want to talk about Sisterhood—what it is and why the topic might feel a little bit prickly in this Age of Loneliness. We're feeling more anxious and stressed than ever before as social media and phone addiction creeps into our lives, and I truly feel that Sisterhood is the anecdote to this anxiety because we are communal people. So in this episode, we're talking about the importance of having that deep connection—especially for women, and what safe and healthy Sisterhood looks like...


0. Welcome to Belonging

Welcome to Belonging, a podcast that explores how to come home to yourself in the age of loneliness. Hosted and guided by Becca Piastrelli on a journey of courageous reconnection as we explore topics like ancestral wisdom, cultivating meaningful sisterhood, living with the seasons and cycles of the earth and your body, and what it means to be a good ancestor. Find more information and show notes from the podcast: Follow Becca on Instagram:...