Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work.
I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get to chat with people who inspire me like whoa.
Today we get to meet Pleasance Silicki!
Pleasance, take it away…
How are you changing the world? (What is your change-making, healing, and/or creative work? This might be paid, unpaid or a combination.)
I teach, support, mentor, and work with women & families on topics such as wellness, self care, relaxation, yoga and meditation. I’m obsessed with living a good, joyful, playful life and sharing all I know and learn along the way with others. I uplift.
What challenges your heart in that journey?
Oh man, I’m SO sensitive and caring that my heart gets hurt for others, my heart aches for people who suffer. But, over the past few years I have learned how important boundaries and self care are in my journey as a helper and healer.
My challenge is to stay true with what I know, feel, believe and who I am in the process as I evolve and change, and my students do. Staying present, staying connected. It’s a challenge but one I don’t want to live without!
What inspires you to keep going?
Of course, my children, life, the trees, nature, breathing, dancing, creating, reading, sharing, my students and community, my grandma (who rocks), my resiliency and grit, life itself.
How do you support yourself or tend to yourself and your heart in that process? What nourishes and replenishes you?
I take my practices for care very seriously – in that I go to bed early, I rise early. Baths with epsom salts and doTerra oils, I move my body as much as I can.
I learned how to love eating healthy. I grew up on Spam and Fast Food. So now that I love kale and roasted veggies and tahini and all these healthy foods, it blows my mind. But it makes me feel so good!
I read every day. I open my heart every day. I try to help someone every day. I live my own life as a way to tend to my heart – not do what others think I should – I have left careers that were not serving me.
How do you experience care within community? How do others support you in your journey and practice?
Oh man, I love to care for others AND be cared for. What an art, giving and receiving. I notice a lot of mamas are not good at asking for help or accepting it – so it feels so nice to let “doing it all” go.
I reach out and cry with my friends all the time. I love having my girls around me. I love being with people who matter to me – and I’m always looking for ways to connect live with other humans – in meaningful and powerful ways.
What’s your best piece of advice you have for people who want to make a difference?
Please, please, savor and value your own energy. If you burn out, we won’t have you. If you do too much or overextend, it won’t be sustainable.
Please take good care. You are a gift to this world.
Paint us a picture of the more compassionate world and future you imagine.
People mindfully aware that we are all different AND in those unique qualities and variations- there is respect, love, warmth and compassion. That we can hold space for hard things and for joy. That we can tend to our own gardens. That our culture begins to truly, magically appreciate the souls of humans, the beings that we are (not the doings).
That we can re-align the values systems to be people, life, art, music, joy first. And move the technology and the working so much to a bit lower priority. Simplicity. Neighbors helping and being with neighbors.
Children learning from spacious well rested parents. Healthy food, yoga and movement classes available to all (kids and teens and seniors too!), in an affordable and acceptable way. Now that to me is just delicious.
How to connect:
Connected posts, past interviews, guest posts of theirs, etc.
Organized under Collective Care.