Our beautiful tender skin protects us and regenerates itself. Just as the skin of the earth protects us all. Todays episode is all about being vulnerable. Catriona and Cara peel back the layers to explore how were guard ourselves, and react to trauma. Content wise we also discuss skin picking and biting (also known as Dermatillomania or Dermatophagia)
Cara has begun a writing project on Skin which inspired this episode. Here is a brief extract - Layer after layer peeling away. It hurts and I want to stop but I can’t. There is something so primal in this sensation. Perhaps I am a selkie, or a huldra, or any number of shapeshifting beings that hide who they truly are beneath a secret skin. I want to peel it all away. To slough myself clean and clear. Like the rhinoceros in the just so stories. Perhaps we are all hiding behind our skin?
We share the story of the Lindworm Prince which is an emotional rollercoaster through fertility issues, identity, and trauma. Through this we acknowledge that "Good ain't nice!" and neither is nature, but it is real. “Inside all of us there is a man who has shed his skins and become vulnerable and a woman who is brave and courageous and will do anything that she can.”
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