THE 4 BEHAVIORS
INTENTIONALLY LIVE YOUR HUMAN NATURE
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.
even if just for a fraction of a second.
INSTRUCTION NO. 1
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
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. 4
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 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
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
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
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.
An Atlantic Monthly article published this week bears the title: Quarantine Fatigue is Real. Got that right. Here in the middle of this enormous pivot known as COVID-19 we may be a bit less exhausted than we were in our hyper-busy lives before lockdown. On the other...
Community - in the fullest sense: a place and all its creatures - is the smallest unit of health. - Wendell Berry Here, in the middle of the making-it-up-as-we-go-along, there are as many versions of improvisation as there are people. Nonetheless, something...
Right now, we’re in Passover. Today is Easter Sunday. And Hajj, which should have just come to a close, has been delayed to late July. Here, sheltered in place, staying away from community, wary about illness and livelihood, uncertainty is as close as skin. But isn’t...
FIRST: Thanks to all of you for taking care - of yourselves and of each other. Thanks for going on walks at a safe distance from anyone else who's walking. Thanks for staying home, mostly, and for being careful and thoughtful when it's time for a trip to the store....
3/15/2020 – Tucson, AZ Imagine a roundabout. You know, those increasingly prolific traffic management schemes that involve driving counterclockwise in a circle to proceed in any direction. Over this past week, thanks to Orion Magazine and the Omega Institute, we were...
We’re getting ready to head into the deep wilderness of southeastern Arizona – a week at the American Museum of Natural History reasarch station. A week of teaching with "Orion in the Wilderness" – Orion Magazine, that is. Gary is on for working with a group of...
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2/19/2020 – Las Vegas, NM We loved finding the Travelers Café on the square of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The manager, for example. We didn’t get her name, but we did watch the precision of interaction among everyone on duty while we were there. Flawless. The manager said...
We're safe in a coffee shop in Pueblo. Made it onto the highway after the snow and ice in Colorado Springs last night. Only rain falling now. True to form, it's all improv on this trip. A lot like nature. Along the way, we're listening. Here's some of what we've...
We're on our way! Packing up Pearl the van and heading out to listen to what you have to say about climate and community. We'll start in Sheridan, Wyoming and then head to the Denver area. From there we'll make our way to Texas with stops in Dallas, Denton, Austin,...
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