Back to Nature
When was the last time you went whale watching or went on a camping trip and took a sacred walk in the redwood forest? Do you remember how it rejuvenated you?
When people were asked about their most significant regrets three weeks before dying, they replied, “Don’t work so hard.” The word “Karooshi” in Japanese means “Overwhelmed” or “Busy.” Yet, a deeper meaning is given to “busy” in their culture. “Busy” means “heart killing.”
We must remember that the brevity of life calls forth our need to prioritize what matters to us and live from there instead of waiting on circumstances to support our walk. When you realize that circumstances aren’t in compliance, they just are what they are, you begin to confront yourself with important choices and to act from that place.
Schedule your free time to live more, play more, and enjoy life more this year. Go to the wilderness, go to the sea, interact with whales and animals, and take the outdoors in. The activating principle of life within you depends on this, because nature is your own nature. The external revitalizes the internal.
Any time you go into nature, it’s a great place to open yourself up with all your sources of perception:
Your open mind
Your open heart
Your open will
These three instruments balance your intelligence. Listening is the most important attribute you have to work from right now. It’s more important than your business plans.
Take a journey with your open heart into the wilderness of these animals, and live from their space for a moment. Feel what pulls you or moves you from that place. Hear their song. You are in their song, and their song is in you.
As you observe, observe, and observe, just sense the voice inside that speaks to you. Whales are great cosmic communicators. Use intentional stillness to ground yourself while being in their environment. Retreat, reflect, and just look with nothing added to this moment.
Look around you and notice what you notice. As you look at everything, it is a living system: expanding and contracting, inflow and outflow, breath out, breath in, up and down, in and out.
Nothing stays the same. As a living system in which you are a part, the whole sees itself through you. It is the consciousness within and without that connects the macro to the micro.
As they say in systems thinking, the “whole is inextricably linked to the parts in which it is composed.”
You are one enactor within a system that has greater intelligence that your own mind can behold. If surrendered to its way, you move into a balanced intelligence, where head, heart, and hand are active organs of perception.
To do this, you move from an “ego-awareness” level to an “eco-awareness” or what I call “omni-awareness,” which means everything or all. Nothing else is discounted and everything is substantial as a formative force. “Eco” means “house.” If you’re living in the house of your small mind, and you’re at the center of the universe, you won’t see much around you, and you will deny your “big mind.” You’ll miss the glory, the chorus, and grand array that is waiting for you wherever you are. It’s as if looking at the window becomes a two-way phenomenon. You are looking as what is outside is looking back at you. Life is suddenly in notice of you; making room for it in you.
You can practice this as you encounter the wilderness and take a sea trip. Just get super still and quiet and listen as you smell the perfume of the ocean mist. Let the creatures and sea change you as the sounds penetrate. Hear its call. Hear the messages as they’re landing in your awareness. As you feel this expanding, put your heart’s intention at the center of your attention, and just look outward from this place. This opens your inner-most knowing. It opens your battery charge like a grounding dynamic.
I remember standing on a beautiful beach, hearing the waves, being in the energy, the frequency, and certain patterns of the waves. Then a pelican would dart into the water to grab a fish. As I heard the splash settle on the water’s surface, nothing else was going through my mind except this.
The insight was that despite the waves, you can always catch a fish beneath the surface. Life itself makes waves and they aren’t controllable, but the angle and approach to diving down to get fed is a choice. We can choose to deepen ourselves and our relationship to life and others despite the waves. It is about learning to choose.
The pelican, the waves, and fish it brought up was the feeding that I needed to see this epiphany.
At the end of the day, reflect on these questions:
What inspired me most today?
What amazed me most today?
What surprised me most today?
What moved or touched me today?
What challenged me beyond the familiar today?
Write down your answers, and trust what you express to be what the future needs – nothing less; nothing more.
As you see, sense, and presence what wants to emerge:
1 – Show up and just be present to the immediate experience.
2 – Suspend your judgment. Just accept, take interest, and follow your curiosity and wonder.
3 – See what has heart and meaning.
4 – Be open to the outcome but not attached to the outcome.
These are the 4 energetic archetypes of the soul: The warrior, visionary, healer, and teacher. These compose what is called The Four-Fold Way, which is a walk, a passage to the very best quality of expression that your being can animate from your nature.
Copyright 2013 John Davidson