You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
The year began with deep intention and sweet practices. My heart is full with the love received in the classes and beyond. Last Saturday my eyes welled with tear of joy as I taught the New Year workshop -- the culmination of all the feelings I felt in the 2017 and the gratitude for what is now and ahead. Throughout last week I shared meaningful poems. The Wild Geese above touches me deeply. It reminds me that every experience--challenges and obstacles placed on my path is simply the things that allows me to grow wiser and stronger in order to love profoundly. The practice is to connect deeply within ourselves and with others without clinging to the things--people, places, and conditions. Let them show the way to the deeper meaning of life, then let them go -- like the wild geese flying home again and again. When all aspects of ourselves work together harmoniously there is no conflict between spiritual transformation and physical wellbeing.
While in Canada during Christmas I picked up a book titled "Go Wild: Eat Fat, Run Free, Be Social, and Follow Evolution's Other Rules for Total Health and Well-Being". The two authors have done a great job explaining things in a simple, holistic, and analytical manner that speaks to my current mindedness. The book has inspired me to get in touch with my upright body (walking and running), nomad or roaming tendency (traveling), and interpersonal attraction (pro-social). At the New Year workshop I invited the participants to reconcile the various aspects within their conscious awareness. As human being, we have a vast cognitive ability to experience every sensory stimuli within the waking and dreaming consciousness. Rejecting any experience is equivalent to rejecting a part of being. Yet, the animal body knows what love it and what harm it. To not reject the harmful is to reject the wild intelligence of the body.
Dr. Richard Miller teaches that within human being are the essential qualities such as love, peace, openness, awareness, compassion, and awakeness. They are reconciliatory qualities. We can cultivate these qualities through yoga, meditation, and holistic healing to heal the disconnect and unite our animal body with our human consciousness. Ayurveda teaches the Three Pillars of Life. The teaching boils down to finding the balance between the doing and the being. The pillars are the wisdom of the animal body which is constantly connected to the wisdom of nature. Living the wild life is living the natural rhythm of the body -- the metabolism (food), the autonomic and voluntary actions (physical activity), and the daily cycle (sleep). Every spiritual experience happens through the animal body. When the wild self and the awakened self are one we have the capacity to love and be loved by everyone and everything ever physically and mentally existed in our awareness. Are you ready to be this wild?