THE 4 BEHAVIORS

INTENTIONALLY LIVE YOUR HUMAN NATURE

Stop

The 8 INSTRUCTIONS arise directly from matter-of-fact expressions of life in the natural world. The first step to reclaiming yourself as one of these expressions is – to STOP. 

Just Stop.

Right now.

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Stop everything
even if just for a fraction of a second.

Stop.

INSTRUCTION NO. 1
CONNECTION

Stop.
From here you know most directly your connection with all else.

The trees of the forest are connected to each other by means of vast underground fungal networks. They talk.

INSTRUCTION NO. 2
VARIETY

Stop.
With stopping, life’s variety is no problem. In ecologies of wilderness and in human community, variety sustains health.

Every day, evidence comes forward showing how ecosystem diversity is vital to health – health of the environment and health of human bodies. Here’s evidence related to Lyme disease.

INSTRUCTION NO. 3
BALANCE

Stop.
Here, care and agency meet.

Wolf biology shows that wolves function in highly balanced societies that survive and thrive when feminine and masculine qualities are equally evident – when care is balanced with agency.

INSTRUCTION NO. 4
RELATIVES

Stop.
You are always in relationship.

We’ve known primates recognize themselves. We know dolphins have names for each other. Recently, scientists have found self-recognition in manta rays.

INSTRUCTION NO. 5
EFFICIENCY

Stop.
Efficiency arises from stillness, from presence.

One of our favorite words is murmuration – most associated with starlings that fly by the hundreds – even thousands – in swooping intricate coordination with never a wing clip.

INSTRUCTION NO. 6
RESILIENCE

Stop.
Recovery and renewal find solid ground.

Salmon swim home against the current, overcoming obstacles like human-made dams – against all odds. We’re learning that, for humans, too, living through stress builds biological courage.

INSTRUCTION NO. 7
ELDERHOOD

Stop.
Now you can hear your wisdom.

An orangutan mother may spend five years teaching her offspring how to build perfect thatched sleeping nests in the branches of trees.

INSTRUCTION NO. 8
UNCERTAINTY

Stop.
Admit uncertainty.

Biological science has determined mystery to be a fact of life. Searching for the missing link to finally explain life on earth, scientists come ever closer, even as they become more certain there will always be things we can’t ever know.

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