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The Wilderness and You
You are, by nature, wild. You are a part of the wilderness. What is good for the planet is good for you. What is healing the planet is healing you. What brings joy to the planet is your joy.
We are at a point in human evolution in which we must consciously participate and align ourselves with the wild. With the wilderness. The wilderness is self correcting and ultimately sustainable. Ecosystems naturally find balance and equilibrium. If our species wants to continue participating in the ecosystem we must shift the ways in which we are working, consuming, moving, and living our lives.
Collectively we must shift away from being domesticated consumers.
While we have collectively created a society that wants you to believe you are primarily a consumer, devoting your life to work in order to make money to buy food, clothing, housing and happiness, being a consumer is only a role you are playing. It is not WHO you are.
Yes, you consume, but that is because we are the most domesticated species on the planet. Our domesticated lives reflect a series of incredible adaptations that happened over the course of our evolution. In many ways these adaptations have been fantastic because they have led to the survival of the species, so far, and ultimately to your existence.
We are evolving past this limited and unsustainable domesticated way of life. The next chapter in human evolution, I believe, is going to be a coming together, a synergistic creation imagined and brought into form through our minds, organized civilization, and technology as well as intuitive knowing, ancient wisdom, and reconnection to the wilderness.
Our global trajectory as is, is completely unsustainable. We must course correct or risk parishing as a species. I do not want this to ignite fear, but rather to inspire you to take charge and make change in your own life.
You are a powerful change agent! There are so many choices you can make on a daily basis that will change the world.
From the food you eat, to the things you buy, to the way you move, speak, and interact with the world, you make a powerful difference everyday, whether you are aware of it or not. Once you realize how powerful you are, you can step into that power. You can become the co-author with creation to conceive and actualize an incredible life that makes the world a better place.
Perhaps this sounds Pollyanna or dismissive of all the struggle and challenge in the world. It is NOT.
We, the human species and the rest of life on earth, need you to step into your POWER and create the change you want to see in the world. What change do you want to see?
Here are 5 steps to connect to what deeply matters to you and start living in greater alignment with the health of yourself and the planet:
1. Love yourself fully, deeply, and unconditionally.
You are a part of nature, you are wild, which means you belong. It is your birthright to love yourself fully and experience abundance in your life.
Your body is absolutely amazing and has the capacity to experience incredible pleasure and joy. Your heart is loving, cares deeply for others, and desires a life that is purposeful as well as free. You mind is powerful and you have the capacity to create absolutely anything you desire in this life.
How did reading these sentences make you feel? What resistance did you notice as you read these words? Take a moment to write down any resistance that is stopping you from believing 100% in these statements. You may not be there yet, but my goal is to guide you to a place of powerful sustainable self love and independence. Why? Because your lack of self love leads you to consume, buy, eat, and participate, in things that don't serve you or our planet.
You must love yourself so you can show up to live a full and rich life, experience all you dream of, shower the world with your unique gifts, and be a powerful change agent on this planet.
2. What and Who do you Value?
Get clear on how you want to spend your time and energy. What do you value most? What is most important in your life? Here are some ideas: Self- actualization, Love, Freedom, Connection with family and friends, Adventure, Creativity, Joy, Learning, Curiosity, Nature, Service, and Balance.
Take time to reflect, meditate, journal and really get in tune with what you value. These values will become guides for your action and interaction throughout your day.
If you realize you value quiet time in nature, get outside more and take action to help decrease your carbon footprint. If you value deep connection with loved ones, make time to be face to face instead of time on facebook. If you value feeding your body with healthy food and your mind with expanding thoughts, align your actions reflect these values.
3. Clarify how you want to Show Up in the World
This is intertwined but distinct from the previous step. Here I am asking you to get clear on your principles or standards of your behavior. Listen into your inner wisdom and ask what core values do you want to act from? Here are some values to consider: Integrity, Unconditional Love, Honesty, Loyalty, Kindness, Authenticity, Health, Freedom, Sustainability, Joy, serving Mother Earth, and Alignment.
Meditate, reflect and freewrite. Get clear on how you want to show up in the world. Write a personal Mission Statement. Maybe you are not there, not yet showing up 100% how you want to. That's ok. This process will lead you there.
Knowing the ways you want to show up provides powerful guidelines. If you know Integrity is a high value for you, then you are more likely to respond with honesty in a difficult conversation. If you value Sustainability, then you will take your water bottle with you and skip take out. If you value Unconditional love you will be able to look past people’s behavior and see their light. Getting into alignment and acting from these values is the path to fulfill your greatest potential.
4. Realize your Impact
The definition of Impact is: the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another.
You have an impact every moment of your life. You are an object that comes into contact with many other objects. You have relationships and come into contact with a whole bunch of other humans throughout the day, in person and online. You have an impact through the money you earn and spend, the food you put in your body, the products you put on your body, the materials you surround yourself with, and the entertainment and education you engage with.
It’s a big responsibility to be a human being with a conscious mind and (what seems like) an inevitable carbon footprint. What responsibility means is that we are RESPONSE-ABLE. You can respond to everyone and everything in a way that is aligned with your values.
It’s not always easy. I have struggled, wanting to tune-out and pretend I didn’t have power. That way I didn’t have to take the action I knew I needed to take. We all have moments when we would rather choose the easy (in the moment easy) choice rather than stepping up and saying or doing what we know needs to be done.
You can take inconvenient action that is Empowering and increases your Impact (Big I) by decreasing your impact (little i). For instance, read my piece on how to start solving the Plastic Puzzle and break up with plastic as a first step toward having an Impact.
You have forcible contact every moment of every day. The question is, how are you connecting? What is your Impact?
5. Spread Love, Joy, and Good Vibes
It sounds simple, but it is a tall and magnificent order. Your Impact on others is enormous and your vibes speak louder than your words. Ultimately you are responsible for the energy you carry into every room. The great thing is, if you have fully participated in the first four steps, this step will be a natural extension.
If you love yourself you will not be interacting with people from a place of needing their approval, so you can be loving and kind without them needing to be anything different.
If you are clear on your values, then you can set healthy boundaries, say no with ease and still send love. You will chose to spend time in ways that set an example for others to show up fully in their own lives.
If you are clear on how you want to show up in the world, then you will be honest and loving. You will navigate conversations away from gossip and negativity, toward empowerment and positivity.
If you are acting in alignment you will treat everyone as the precious, incredible and unique being they are. Remember you can always make the choice to Love Toxic People from a Distance.
Ultimately, recognize everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. You have the capacity to see beyond the actions and behaviors of people and love the light within them. This doesn’t mean allowing actions and behavior that are harmful or negative. Love the essence of everyone and everything, learn from discord, and chose joy and positivity over fear and doubt.
Let's make conscious decisions to live in greater alignment with our planet and ourselves today.
Poet Mattie Stepanek wrote, "Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now." The future of our planet and our species starts NOW.
Let me know how these five steps go for you. We are all in this together. I love this existence and deeply love our species. I want to look into the eyes of the next generation and say we took action to raise our consciousness so we could become better citizens of the earth and work with Mother Earth in Wild Alignment. We all can make a difference everyday, every moment. You are incredible, unique and powerful and I am grateful for your contribution to this world.
With love and light.