I would like to start off with illustrating what decolonize means to me. In a few words I see it as a need to return to the ways of our ancestors. When I take it upon myself to not immediately run to a pharmacy to pick up processed “medicine” to cure a cough, instead I walk to my medicine tree and gather berries to make a tea or syrup to assist my tired body, this is a form of decolonizing our medicine.
The reason why I feel so strongly about this need is do to our story, we the native people of Mexico and the States have been indigenized. Many of our stories have been taken and burned, some families left stories behind as they crossed borders. Now the time has come, I have sat with elders and listened to their prayers. I have sunk so deep into the arms of mother earth I felt her breath, becoming aware of her heart beat. I have been asked to share and I am grateful.
So today I have made a commitment to myself to clear all the ideas that have been forced upon my body. I will take myself into the middle of the forest and connect with the earth, ground myself into the reality that is the trees, the soil, the minerals, the life that sustains.
I encourage you to do the same, sit with the earth wherever that may be, leave behind any self doubt that you many have of your body and/or its capability. An elder once told me to remember we come from the stars, on this earth we are a vessel and will one day return to the sky from which we came.
I will bare my flaws and my power, I will become so vulnerable because I choose to. I will honor my body and become wiser to the needs of every inch. I will own my body and not allow westernized ideas of what a female identified body’s purpose is. I will not be your sex slave, I will not allow you to change my story, I will not disconnect from the power my body holds.
Thank you for allowing me to share my journey.