Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Deep Nature Connection: Collette Streight


Written by Collette Streight former Interim Climate Action Manager at the Sustainability Office

For most of human history, we lived deeply connected to the Earth and other people out of necessity for survival. We had to be keenly aware of our surroundings in order to have enough to eat and drink, to make medicines, to be sheltered, and to avoid being preyed upon. We moved our bodies regularly, relied on our senses and communities, and followed the rhythms of the sun and the seasons. Only in the last several hundred years have we diverged dramatically from this way of living. The way we interact with our world today is extremely different from how we evolved to do so over the last 200,000 years.
Collette removing invasive French Broom
This sudden radical shift causes grave impacts on our health and well-being as well as that of other species and all ecosystems on Earth. While it would be impossible for us to go back to the "old" way of living, we can take the wisdom and knowledge that has been passed down to us from traditional cultures across the globe and apply it to our daily lives now. The Deep Nature Connection core routines and practices are a way of doing just that. These routines have been developed over decades of study, observation, research, and practice, and mimic what we used to do naturally in order to survive in the wild. 
Bike Generator at Sustainability End of the Year Celebration
The single greatest key to becoming deeply nature-connected is to give your full attention to what is happening in the wild world around you in any given moment. By intentionally stretching yourself to listen to the farthest sound, the quietest sound, the number of sounds, and the pattern of sounds in each direction or by focusing on feeling the wind, sun, earth, and temperature while being outside, you strengthen your natural capacity to be fully present and aware. Over time, latent, but potent neural pathways will open in your brain that enable you to experience life in a new electrified way. Quite naturally your mind will quiet down, your body will relax, and you will feel like you are an irreplaceable part of the amazing web of life.

To learn more about Collette's deep nature connections visit www.awakeningwild.com

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