“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood
Let me ask you something…. do you still know how to be wild?
I mean… the English language would have us all think of the wilderness as: an uninhabited, uncultivated, and often unhospitable region.
However, I much prefer to think of it as an area that has retained its primeval character… and influence.
“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice, and everything nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear.” Unknown
So often though we get stuck in our linear way of thinking, and behaving, and we forget… that linear is not our natural state of being.
In fact… nothing in nature is linear.
And humans are no less spontaneous, or organic, than anything else in nature.
And yet… from the day we are born we try as best we can to conform to the prefabricated identities that were constructed for us long before we were even conceived.
Sure, on the outside it can seem like a good idea to conform in order to appease the ones around us, in order to make them more comfortable in their existence. Especially when we love and/or respect them.
But this conformity locks us into unchanging molds, that restrict any natural growth. And this… in turn… turns us into machines, functioning only within fixed patterns.
And yet… as Thomas Kuhn once said, “All significant breakthroughs are break-“withs” old ways of thinking.”
Some, I know, would argue that harmony arises from a fixed reality, one that is nearly devoid of spontaneity, and that it’s their traditions that give them peace of mind.
And yet… time and again we are shown that institutions that force ridged social structures upon their members have the highest suicide rates. Think… 22 soldier suicides a day, and elementary school kids taking their own lives.
All of it… symptoms of enforcing a linear system overtop what which was always intended to be at least a little… wild.
And yet… when one acts in accordance with nature, a mental and physical harmony spontaneously arises. I mean, really… who could dismiss or even discount the harmony that can be experienced in nature? (A harmony that can, at times, be disturbed, but can never be totally erased.)
Harmony is the natural state of the natural world. And, in nature… we find that harmony is often expressed as an experiential truth that is simply hard to come by anywhere else.
Losing your naturalness then… creates suffering.
“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect us to that inner place of peace.” Janice Anderson
So… basically what I’m say is… sometimes you have to go a little wild in order to find that place of harmony within.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir
And let’s just be really honest here… it takes power to believe in yourself, and in your dreams. And in nature… you can tap into an unending supply of power.
“Only those afraid of losing the illusion of control fear the natural world.” Exe
What then is the power of nature?
Have you noticed that rigid things tend to snap?
And that soft things don’t easily break?
“Water is the softest and most yielding substance. Yet nothing is better than water, for overcoming the hard and rigid, because nothing can compete with it.” Lao Tzu
Rigid minds are no different, they also tend to snap.
Yet a flexible and yielding mind, well... I believe that's where all of our real strength lies.
“In the face of the world's harshness and danger, organisms of any kind develop protection — a coat of armor, a rigid system, a comforting ritual. For the short term, it may work, but for the long term it spells disaster. People weighed down by a system and inflexible ways of doing things cannot move fast, cannot sense or adapt to change. They lumber around more and more slowly until they go the way of the brontosaurus. Learn to move fast and adapt or you will be eaten.
The best way to avoid this fate is to assume formlessness. No predator alive can attack what it cannot see.” Robert Greene
And of course... there's a subtle strength in beauty...
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Rachel Carson
And let's not forget... in nature, there are no judgements... just that eternal art of... being.
“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” Mary Oliver
And of course... there's that subtle power of patience that only nature knows.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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