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.
This is our friend Jon Trapp. He has spent a career moving through military service and then into work with wolves through the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Today, much of his life work is focused on wildland firefighting. Jon’s been all over the...
Keep your eyes on the prize. Alice Wine, 1956 Human Social Ecology – The ways we’re in relation with each other. The ecologies of intimacy – of family, friendship, neighborhood, community. Both/And – Holding as worthy, two or more perspectives that appear to be at...
Fifteen years ago, Richard Louv, a lifelong educator, introduced the term “Nature-Deficit Disorder” with the publication of his best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Soon after, Louv and his...
We’re in baffling times. Most of us care deeply – really deeply – about justice for all. We’re profoundly compelled by the urgency to stop the systematic oppression of Black lives. Plenty of information floods social and public media advising white people how to be...
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. -Dr. Maya Angelou Here is what I know: hatred is heavier than love. -Sarah Bellamy Yesterday evening, we met with a group of people in a webinar about what the natural world has to show...
Culture is not what your hands touch, it’s what moves your hands. Tyson Yunkaporta We’re in a time of radical uncertainty. Probably, you don’t like it much. And, by now, you may be sick & tired of how reflexively you turn to your screens and click. For...
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....
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