Tuning In To Your Wild Nature
In our persistent efforts to fit in, be acceptable, adhere to our cultural and societal beliefs, and simply be okay, we’ve lost ourselves.
We all have a light within ourselves that burns more brightly than we could ever imagine. This light (you might call it your Soul or your Divine Spark or your Spirit) is the light that keeps persisting when we move farther and farther away from its wisdom.
When we find ourselves feeling out of sorts, anxious, depressed, physically ill, or just off, we know that we’ve strayed from this internal light and that it’s time to turn inward again and see what’s there.
I like to call this turning inward the Tuning in to Your Wild Nature.
How do we do this and what would this even look like?
This is about taking everything that we’ve learned and absorbed from our parents, their parents, our culture, our environment, school and the media and asking the questions: Is this true for me? Does this float my boat? Does this, intuitively, feel right?
And you might be surprised by what your Wild Nature has to say. But first, let’s look at how your Wild Nature communicates with you so you can even strike up a meaningful conversation with it in the first place.
Your Wild Nature is never directive. It will never say, you must do this or you mustn’t do that. It is not emotional. It won’t wail and cry in the face of some ill-fated decision.
Your Wild Nature is like the ultimate unconditional lover. It whispers in your ear that perhaps this would be a better choice. For you. It reminds you that no matter what you do, you’re worthy. It reminds you that there’s always something to be hopeful for when you feel hopeless. It sings a little louder when we sleep well; feed our bodies well; are kind to ourselves; when we follow our intuition.
Every marketing scheme, every company with a bottom line, every interest group, government body that has a host of lobbyists behind it, does not have your best interests at heart. It’s not possible. It’s not possible because they’re protecting the interests of their own livelihood, first and foremost. I would question those first. I would find out, for yourself, after looking into the motivation and the intentionality of such institutions if you still line up with their offering. Maybe you will and maybe you won’t. But if you never do a deep, intuitive dive, how will you know?
Sometimes this requires standing up and standing out, bravely, in a world that wants conformity and a ‘no questions asked’ policy. But do these policies fly with you?
And it doesn’t matter what it is. Do you eat a vegetarian diet or are you a meat eater? It doesn’t matter…as long as it flies with you. Do you take your child to a family physician or a naturopath? Again, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you follow the light that shines most brightly for you.
I’ve spoken before of my controversial and heartfelt decision to not vaccinate my daughter. While convention and culture would say, “You must! She’s at risk otherwise! This is just what we do!!!” A very persistent voice within me said, “Don’t do this Ann. She’ll thrive without it. And perhaps not do so well with it.” I had to pay attention to this voice that spoke to me for years before I was ever even pregnant with my daughter. And I’m so glad that I did.
What’s your calling? What keeps whispering to you that might not be the popular or the ‘acceptable’ decision? Can you be brave enough and true enough to your Wild Nature to boldly move in that direction? You might never know what’s waiting for you if don’t answer that call.
I love this excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem, Wild Geese.
“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.”
This, I believe, says it all. It reminds us to go in. Go in and see what’s there. What do you love? What do you long for? What feels so right for you that you feel it is one of the reasons that you’re here?
The world needs your honesty. It needs your light. It needs your bravery. And there’s never been a better time to walk this walk. Come with me and I’ll meet you there.
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