The 8 Instructions
INSTRUCTION NO. 1
No lifeform can exist by itself. The natural world is a finely tuned, dynamic and interdependent community.
INSTRUCTION NO. 2
Diversity in nature is the number one predictor of a system’s health and resilience.
INSTRUCTION NO. 3
In a time when technology has outpaced relational skill, nature shows us how balancing agency (masculine) and care (feminine) is key to human procession.
INSTRUCTION NO. 4
Over millions of years, many animals and humans have employed similar strategies for being healthy and content.
INSTRUCTION NO. 5
Efficiency is the evidence of natural expression. Unfussed, unscripted. As usual and uncanny as breathing in and out.
INSTRUCTION NO. 6
All of nature is inclined toward recovery. Not just to survive, but to thrive
INSTRUCTION NO. 7
In nature, healing from trauma creates genetic benefits that can be passed on to future generations.
INSTRUCTION NO. 8
To the extent we are able to embrace mystery, humans are able to live creatively and well with each other.
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