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Thoreau vs. Wild Cherry Pepsi
Try as it might, Wild Cherry Pepsi will never feed the spirit.
Amen to that.
We do need the tonic of the wild, externally, internally, in every way. One of the things that has helped this winter with the periods of extended (very) cold weather that we have been having in Oklahoma has been getting out in it. Lucy and I walk every day no matter what, sometimes just for 20 minutes but sometimes for much longer. We find it beautiful and good when we get out in it, and we are less separated from our environment. We see miracles in the world around us every day.
Speaking of which, this reminds me of something I have been thinking about lately. We humans talk of evolution and of “being evolved” although we are not all that well adapted. We can’t even survive in the environment we live in without separating ourselves from her in little boxes all over the planet. This planet is technically already inhospitable to our survival at this evolutionary stage. If anything, we have maybe devolved in that way even though we live longer than ever.
Things that make you go hmmmm….
The other thing that we have been doing that keeps us outdoors and in the weather is that we (well, I — Lucy would probably need opposable thumbs for this, speaking of evolution) have been building lots of fires in the tipi. There is an exciting new thing in our lives, I’m calling it Tuesdays in the tipi, where I see clients on certain Tuesdays (and a few Fridays), in the tipi. We build big fires in the fire-pit and sit on blankets with backjacks for support. I’m going to invest in a bunch more blankets soon so that we can be even warmer out there.
I think that these practices are building resilience in me.