Episode 006: ☵ (WATER) Sebastian Slovin - Ashes in the Ocean
A theme setting Poem by David Wagoner:
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
-- David Wagoner
In this episode, I reconnect with return guest Sebastian Slovin, this time to talk about the exciting release of his new book, Ashes In The Ocean. Seb takes us on a voyage, chronicling his experience of living in the shadow of his father’s suicide and his journey back into the light. The long-term process of writing this memoir gave Seb time to reflect, in depth, on his father’s life and death, as well as the impact it had on his family and him. Through his experience, we deal with stigmas around mental health and learn how deep connections with nature and the ocean can provide the necessary support and solace we seek in times of traumas and tumultuous change, even when our resources on land seem to fall short. Ultimately, this a story about facing one’s fears and choosing a different path.