I have a question for my men friends

Resilient Mule DeerI have a question
for my men friends.
Have you every yet
made love with a sweet dark-eyed Mule Deer doe?
Have you felt the way she looks
turning toward you those long ears and moist black nostrils
staring…sniffing you?
How she presents
those slender long legs turning the white of her rump to you?
The smell,
God the smell of her
sex pulling, no driving no inviting your one pointedness on.
Your antlers stand alert.
Your sex eager and hard and nostrils flaring
Those doe eyes and ears and nose take you in
and you want her
The way you want your own spirit and soul.
Without them you die.
But it is easier to chase her
than to love your Self.
But for that moment
when you do mate
and you are One
When she gives herself to you
no other
It is enough
until next year’s hunger
and you again desire your Self.
You search behind every tree and rock
and then again there…
there you are
wearing the face of Another
calling your spirit home again.

It is perhaps rare for me to not feel some level of fear of exposure and risk when sharing a post on this blog. More so the more personal the post, and that fear is up again for me. Now. Here.

Here I am exposing my sensual and erotic relationship with life and nature and with spirit. Indeed, discovering and nourishing an empathetic relationship with the other than human saved my life time and again as I found (find?) my way out of religious fundamentalism.

There is so much wounded-ness in Western culture around both sexuality and spirituality. And to write of both with a tone of sensuality in one piece! Too rarely do we encounter such in today’s world. The split in the Western psyche is deep; in splitting off our physical nature we split off too from Nature and from Spirit.

Inherent within these splits are the stories of not belonging and of unworthiness so many of us struggle with. The reclamation work of rediscovering our intimate inter-being with all of life is the creative work of our times.

Indeed, I often think of my work as one of revitalizing or re-identifying the human self with nature, as Nature. The call of our souls is for an integration, a kind of awakening to the sensuality of Life where body, mind, heart and soul again become one with self and the world. This too is an enlivening of awe and wonder as primal aspects of a spiritual intelligence connecting us with all of life and is in itself—meaning enough for living.

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
— Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers

Campbell’s quote is a good description of what it felt like for me recently when catching the eyes of my first albino deer in the dimming light of a forest evening, deep in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of NM. This piece arose out of that meeting as an inspiration of breath and the release of a deep exhale. And it arose from something within me wanting to attract masculine energy and say, “Look! We have a lover in Nature! Let us take note of this sacred hunger in our flesh and souls for one such as this.”

“Nature is your incomparable guide if you know how to follow her.”
— Carl Jung

Larry Glover aspires to discover what being human truly is, particularly in a paradoxical world woven of Larry's resilent smilemystery and consciousness and fire and water and air and earth and spirit and soul too. He struggled from an early age with a madness that would destroy himself, which he came to recognize as a cultural story of separation and unworthiness for life. Larry now leans into our shared love of nature to inspire and deepen what it is to truly love your self, through his writing, speaking, coaching, workshops and wilderness retreats. Learn more of how to engage with Larry at larryglover.com

 

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Choosing Risk, Awe and Wonder—with Artist Stephen Auger

“The insecure way is the secure way.”
— Joseph Campbell

Might it be possible that by our very use of the word creative, in our personal search to even ‘be creative,’ we undermine our desire for generative living and discovery?

Acclaimed fine artist Stephen Auger, of Santa Fe, NM , argues just this early on in our Resilient Artist Stephen Augerinterview, and the first of my efforts at creating a podcast. “I’d going to attempt to eliminate the word from this conversation,” he says. “I think it is a word that is presumptuous. I think it is misleading…. And that it is unnecessary. The first thing the word creativity does is…it creates a self-consciousness.”

He goes on to speak of how that self-consciousness divides us from ourselves and the world. It leads to a kind of disassociated and disembodied living, he asserts.

Thus begins our dive into the realms of living deeply, dedicated to a life nurturing curiosity and awe and wonder as an artistic practice field. For Stephen this is a life inseparable from risk and passion and a professional dedication to listening and sensing and discovering the further realms of human perceiving and being.

Stephen is a man in love with light. “I have an empathy for light,” he says.

Stephen Auger's art

Untitled, 2016, 40″ x 60″, Mixed media on synthetic linens

He also has a degree in the neuroscience of perception and trained at the Center of Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. “His paintings and sculptures are in private, corporate and museums collections internationally, including Yale University, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Malcolm Forbes, CBS Corporation, Panasonic Corp. and The Carnegie Institute.”

Auger speaks with intellectual rigor, personal passion and depth when turned loose on the topic of twilight and the unconscious sensing capacities constantly informing the human system of it relational orientation in the world. He moves our conversation toward closure as he intimately reveals “my deepest affinity:”

Stephen on Soul Retreat 2015

Wilderness Soul Retreat 2015

“To me the muse is the cosmos. I am just constantly completely blown away by things I experience or see…. And it is always saying, ‘You’re part of me. You’re part of me.'”

“That’s my deepest affinity, is with Nature. It is where I’m always…embraced. Not that nature can’t be scary but…we all have to die sometime…. I think it’s important for me to see myself in this incredible infinite cycle.”

Some of the territories covered in this wide-ranging interview include:

  • The practice of art;
  • Dangers inherent in the word and idea of ‘creativity’;
  • The role, challenge and necessity of risk taking in the artistic life;
  • Cultural norms that interfere with following a life of one’s own;
  • Curiosity, awe, wonder, imagination, vulnerability, stillness and silence as rituals and practice fields for enhancing the aesthetics of sensing, for cultivating kinesthetic intelligence;
  • Cultivating a tolerance for insecurity and the unknown;
  • The willingness to not be productive and the value of stasis;
  • The seduction of security;
  • How our very biological being is a mirror of the universe;
  • The challenges of surrendering to one’s calling;
  • Navigating fear and frozen artistic expression through ritual and practice;
  • Coming to frozenness with love and acceptance vs. as predator;
  • The role of nature as inspiration and emulation for his work and life;
  • Two modes of perception, and ‘wonder’ as a sensory experience;
  • The transformational nature of voluntarily opening to the senses.

It was a pleasure and honor to share in the interview, Stephen. And with this, I wish you a belated Happy Birthday, my friend!

NOTE: I invite you to Vitalize your generative life with a four-day Nature emersion program co-sponsored with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Inspired by Nature: A Journey Into Creativity (Septermber 9-13).  We’ll explore her home with a private tour and spend time at the White Place where she painted.  Basing our soft camping adventure out of a private retreat center, The Ojo, we’ll hike to newly discovered petroglyphs and enjoy the spiritual work of cave artist, Ra Paulette at Origin at Rancho de San Juan.  An afternoon at the famed Ojo Caliente spa caps our journey.

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I’m Changing — Stay Connected and Program Opportunities!

Hello Family, Friends and Colleagues. This is the web version of an email you may have recently received.

I bring the greetings of our changing season and notice of a personal change as well.

The time has come for me to transition to an official Newsletter!

So many people request I keep them abreast of opportunities for engagement that I’m Resilient butterfly on handunable to do efficiently do so on an informal basis. And frankly,  I don’t want to send emails to friends or colleagues who have not specifically chosen to opt-in so…. Beyond this point, if you’d like to know about such opportunities or just stay abreast of what’s happening in the world of Wild Resiliency or receive occasional inspirations from me, it’s time to Opt-in!

You can do so from any of my websites, including this blog.

And while I might still have your attention, here are three quick temptations for camping out and intentionally enriching your life, all of which I am co-hosting or sponsoring with my partner Cheryl Slover-Linett of Leadfeather.org:

  • Lead Feather is also hosting its first Women’s Soul Renewal Journey (July 14-17), based on the model Cheryl and I have honed over the last few years of working together. I’m honored to play a background role of support for this opportunity for women to dive deeper into the renewal of their purpose and meaning in life.
  • Vitalize your creative life with a four-day program co-sponsored with the Georgia O’Keeffe MuseumInspired by Nature: A Journey Into Creativity (Septermber 9-13).  We’ll explore her home with a private tour and spend time at the White Place where she painted.  We’ll hike to newly discovered petroglyphs and enjoy the spiritual work of cave artist, Ra Paulette.  An afternoon at the famed Ojo Caliente spa caps our journey.
  • Canyon de Chelly, (October 8-12) is an incredible opportunity to join a small group of like minded folks exploring “the heart and soul of Navajoland” while enriching your own spirit and renewing your belonging in the world.

Now is the time when the soul of the world and of our own being are inviting us to show up in the wholeness of who we are. If you are at all inclined, I hope you are able to join us in one of these opportunities for deepening your creative capacities for living in the joy of that wholeness—through being inspired by nature.

Other offerings will be forthcoming so remember to sign-up for the Newsletter to be notified of these. You can also follow my professional Facebook page if you’ve not done so but would like to support this work of connecting people more deeply to themselves through their love of nature.

Remember to sign-up for the Newsletter to stay abreast of opportunities.

THANKS dear family, friends and colleagues…for being in my life.
larry

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Creating Ourselves, Creating Joy

This is a guest post from my partner in creativity andCreative Cheryl Slover-Linett
learning and adventure,
Cheryl Slover-Linett. Her original blog post can be found here.

Until recently I felt I wasn’t a terribly creative person. Somehow, the message I got as a kid was that being creative was the pinnacle of being human, and it just seemed that I got the short end of the stick. One of my earliest memories is of “cheating” on a 6-year old birthday party activity that involved drawing a rabbit with our eyes closed – I was already stressed out about not being artistic enough! In college, I fell in love with (and later married) a music major, who also is an amazing writer, and I tended to let him be the “creative” side of our partnership.

On a Soul Renewal journey a few years ago, however, one of the participants said something that has made me rethink what creativity is. She said the most creative act any of us can do is to look at something in a new way. It seems basic – almost too simple – but when I really fully change the lens I’m using, it “creates” a new reality, perspective or story. As I’ve put it into practice, it’s become one of the most powerful tools I have when I need to shift something in my life.

Around the same time, I started to actively look for other aspects of creativity. In my mind, creative = artistic, and since I didn’t see that I had much artistic talent (as I defined it, at least), I had never really looked at other sides of it. But what about creating a company…and then recreating it over time? Or creating wilderness journeys? Or creating two children?

And so, I’ve come to think of myself as more creative these days, but I know I’ve barely scratched the surface in terms of exploring what creativity is – and how it can Resilient and creative Georgia O'Keeffeinfluence our lives. That’s a big part of why Larry Glover and I “created” our spring journey this year, “Inspired by Nature: A Journey into Creativity,” co-hosted with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. It runs from September 9-13 and will be held in landscapes O’Keeffe loved so much. Click here or email me to learn more: cheryl@leadfeather.org.

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Charitable Gifting—How to Do More Good & Reap More Rewards

“I was afraid we might starve, you dad gave back so much of his salary to the Church. If he was going to ask the members to tithe, he figured he had to give back twice that, and on his little salary….”

Mom, ever the preacher’s wife, continued. “The hobos had us marked too. I don’t know how they did it but they always knew we’d give them some food. Course they had to listen to your father preach to them but….”

This is the tangled spirit of martyrdom and generosity I grew up in. I’m still sorting out my relationship with money; I am grateful to my folks however for helping me learn early that it feels good to help other folks out.

Any of us with sensitive hearts wish we could be doing ‘more good in today’s world. Yet I’ve Children in need in Kenyadiscovered (through personal research!) our very approach to giving and receiving often sets us up for a guilt-of-insufficiency and a disappointment in personal potency. Who of us, after all, feels like we’re doing enough for a world in need?

Yet, “Tis the Season” as I write this, with the calendar approaching the turn of the year and various religious holy days upon us. And indeed it tis a season for gifting and receiving beyond just the boundaries of family and friends. My mailbox, like your’s I expect, is overflowing with requests for charitable donations, with worthy needs for financial support.

There’s the local volunteer fire department, the Food Depot that gathers food for those in need, shelters for the homeless, children’s homes and animal sanctuaries and conservation groups and international service organizations of every strip and hue imaginable. Thank Goodness!

I say, “Thank Goodness” because without these pleas, granting us the opportunity to share from our own abundance, we would become ‘less human.’ Indeed our humanity is in some ways defined by our generosity to those with less than ourselves.

“The simplest acts of kindness are far more powerful
than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Sharing and kindness and generosity have become inextricably linked in the research Acts of kindness inspire kindnessliterature with the topics of happiness and generosity and well-being, thanks to the rise of interest in the ‘what works’ variety of psychology, i.e. positive psychology and the science of happiness. I suspect most of us can use all the positivity we can get; I certainly can.

That’s the personal need and urge that launched me on this thread of thinking and research: one was a realization that I (we) don’t allow ourselves to actually receive the full benefit of our giving; and secondly, by more fully engaging in this gifting/receiving dynamic we could more consciously contribute to nurturing a culture of kindness on the planet. (Yes, I’ve always dreamed big when not crashing with despair!)

But I mean it: we can nourish a culture of kindness while also boosting our own happiness and health and well-being. Following are a few simple tips how.

  1. Give with a spirit of gratitude. If you’re going to give something, $5 or $3 or $300… do so consciously. Mindfully. The attitude with which you give is far more important than the quantity. Even if the amount feel small, you and the recipient can still receive the rewards of your thoughtful kindness, particularly if your own gratitude is activated.
  2. Feel into the tangled web of the giver-and-receiver relationship and explore, without judgment, whatever attitudes arise for you. Do you perceive a one-up—one-down relationship or are you able to sense into an exchange between equals? Can you sense into the gift received by giver any time we are able to attend to another’s need?
  3. If you’re the giver, in the act of your gifting allow yourself to actually feel and allow in the openness of your heart impelling you to offer this gift. What is the itch? What does it feel like in there? What you’re looking to let in here are two things, at least. One is to take a moment and savor the difference you are making in someone’s life, be it a warm meal or smile or a look from your eyes that says, “I see you.” Secondly, acknowledge to yourself you do not know how big this $3 may actually be—for one-act of kindness breeds another we now know. And a major trick to nurturing this culture of kindness is to begin with yourself: savor in your heart the warmth that comes from a generous and kind act. Now turn that kindness around and offer it to yourself. (Helping others reduces our stress.)
  4. When on the receiving end, let’s say, “Thank you,” while also not allowing ourselves to feel diminished in any way by our state of need. The need of any one of us is also the gift of an opportunity for another of us to reciprocate in honoring the cycle of giving and receiving that underlies all life.

Truth is, we are all receivers and the more conscious we can become of this, the kinder we will become to ourselves and others. Who among us deserves for the sun to rise tomorrow, to grace us with its light and warmth? Who among us has earned the grace of the rain that allows our gardens to grow. We are woven by the nature of life into this relationship of breathing out what the plants breathe in, leaving us the gift of breathing in what the plants breath out. This is life.

Now should you care to either experiment or simply dive straight in to raising your own sense of well-being and significance, you can gain an immediate hit of the feel-good oxytocin hormone. Here is a crowd funding site I’ve created for the Magarini Children Center, in Kenya, serving orphans and children in need, so they may have a Holiday Season to Remember — receiving kindness from strangers choosing to ‘feel good,’ knowing the light of smiles they will bring to the some child on the other side of the planet.

It is a small and shrinking world, after all. I for one happen to believe that kindness is our best National Defense strategy. “Kindness is contagious,” just as hate and anger can be.

So whether you choose to give to this cause I’m sharing or somewhere else, choose to give somewhere, to someone, consciously, and allow yourself to fully receive the gift of Life craving expression within. Your own health and well-being will appreciate you for it!

Resources: The Soul of Money by Lynn Twist

Larry Glover aspires to discover what being human truly is, particularly in a paradoxical world woven of Larry's resilent smilemystery and consciousness and fire and water and air and earth and spirit and soul too. He struggled from an early age with a madness that would destroy himself, which he came to recognize as a cultural story of separation and unworthiness for life. Larry now leans into our shared love of nature to inspire and deepen what it is to truly love your self, through his writing, speaking, coaching, workshops and wilderness retreats. Learn more of how to engage with Larry at larryglover.com

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Reporting in from a Santa Fe Sunrise

Reporting in from a Santa Fe Sunrise:

I have touched the Life Force withinSanta Fe Sunrise
It is not mine
Belongs to no one but itself
Owned by no ideology nation or race
Can not be described as an object
But more as a presence, a flow of energy
A current – like a River
Movement held within stillness
Creation itself—re-birthing
Time and again
In this body and yours
For but a moment of years
Free energy and love for everyone
At last.

Reporting out.

Reflections:

“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” — Gregory Bateson, Systems Theorist

The first prime directive of any living system is survival. The sustainable success of this directive is hinged to an accurate or realistic mapping or understanding of the environment the system finds itself embedded within.

Civilization, as we know it, is threatening to unravel and I believe these questions are hinged to our mapping of our environment: Who are we? And what does it mean, this being human, anyway? And how shall we live together at this time on the planet? Who will I be? How shall I show up? Is life safe?

These are questions that move me as we face challenges of terrorism and demagoguery promising salvation from fear amidst growing global climatic instability while most of us are just doing our best to meet the daily challenges of housing and feeding our families.

I have no answers but do know we are each the explorers and map-makers of our world-view and life story; this piece carries for me a bit of both of these elements, i.e. the explorer discovering new territory who is reporting in to share something of a landscape found deep within. Learning to touch and recognize and rest in the Life Force, losing the thread and finding and picking it up again and again… this is a good description of the journey of my life.

This is also a good description of our shared challenge on this journey of discovering what it really is, being human, and of how to survive and thrive in our chaotic times. This turning within and the discovery of a magnificence, mystery and beauty that mirrors the natural world of our womb is also the revealing of a human no longer trapped by ideology, nation or race. This is humanity on the horizon of a new sunrise.

Larry Glover aspires to discover what being human truly is, particularly in a paradoxical world woven of Larry's resilent smilemystery and consciousness and fire and water and air and earth and spirit and soul too. He struggled from an early age with a madness that would destroy himself, which he came to recognize as a cultural story of separation and unworthiness for life. Larry now leans into our shared love of nature to inspire and deepen what it is to truly love your self, through his writing, speaking, coaching, workshops and wilderness retreats. Learn more of how to engage with Larry at larryglover.com

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What should I be doing to change the world today?

What should I be doingResilient Sunrise
to change the world today,
you know,
at least make it better?

That is the question
knocking around inside
my skull this morning.
It is another morning
of never being enough however,
good or worthy enough that is,
in a world that itself always
seems to need more fixing:
more food for some;
more social justice;
more economic equality;
more eco-awareness of our impact…
more significance and power too
for a little child within.

But instead of fixing the world this morning
as though I were someone separate,
I surrender to the selfish nakedness of my heroic ambitions.
The one thing I find left to do is offer gratitude
for the blessed life I live
for the love that moves my heart
for eyes that adore beauty
for deep friendships
that sustain me in these
times of transformational change
while the sun today yet appears to rise and set
though in truth it is we who are turning.

And I—Sunset
I am alive
and full of appreciation too
for the grace of compassion
for self and the world, and
for the simple wonder and awe
of this—I am.

In this place I discover
today what the world needs
from me is love—
same as I.

Reflections: I often find the complexities of the world and my thinking and being such that these short reflective pieces feel more accessible and carry a power that longer essays would not. Yet there is much hinted at in this piece that invites inquiry, such as why I choose the phrase, ‘change the world’ in the opening.

Who among us cares for someone else to seek changing us? Yet those of other religious and political persuasions who would change us abound.

There are many hidden and dangerous dimensions to this idea of ‘helping’, as I still discover over the years. Most fundamentally is the unconscious worldview of separation often inherent in such efforts, thus dooming them to sustaining the ‘problems’ they seek to remedy.

I grew up in a worldview of separation (fundamentalist Christianity), one which sees the world as elementally flawed and in need not only of change but even more so of saving. Same as I did.

This is a painful place to live in. Such early conditioning is viral however and can continue to infect our living in unconscious little and large ways long after we have initially identified the original pattern and source.

I continued trying to save the world long after I gave up on a literal God living in a literal Heaven located high above a literal Hell below.

Significant shifts occur in my heart and soul and spirit as I increasingly live from a place of innate worthiness, where neither I nor the world need saving or improving. There can also be a dangerous and fine line between saving the world or even trying to change it…and allowing ourselves to ‘be the change’, the energy, we would see more of in the world.

One arises from a place of separation and insufficiency of Being while the later honors and recognizes the wholeness and inter-being of All that is. It is into the nooks and crannies and shadows of my psyche, where Separation yet lives in hiding, that this piece attempts to ‘enlighten’, to bring into the light. This piece is also reflects my curiosity about what it is for each of us to live in and out of our essential gift: our love of life.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
— Howard Thurman

Note: Thanks to my friend Brian Tracy for the Canyonlands photo.

Larry Glover aspires to discover what being human truly is, particularly in a paradoxical world woven of Larry's resilent smilemystery and consciousness and fire and water and air and earth and spirit and soul too. He struggled from an early age with a madness that would destroy himself, which he came to recognize as a cultural story of separation and unworthiness for life. Larry now leans into our shared love of nature to inspire and deepen what it is to truly love your self, through his writing, speaking, coaching, workshops and wilderness retreats. Learn more of how to engage with Larry at larryglover.com

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Two Questions That Matter

The Face in the Mirror

Seven days have I not looked.
No mirror has graced this face of stubble.

Resilient Chapel Lake

Chapel Lake, UP of MI

And not until the airport men’s room
will I gaze to see how I appear to others,
though I confess
to a life haunted by such concerns.

And so my driven need and hunger
to share breathing with the trees
and rocks and moss and granddaddy
long-legged spiders and occasional mosquitoes
as bed mates under my tarp
and a primeval looking-glass forest lake
for gazing at the rising mist of dawn
while a lone Loon calls
the same eerie song
unchanged by two million years
of humankind peering
into the mirror of naked sky stars
to answer two questions that matter:

Who am I? and
What do I look like anyway,
in the eyes of all my relations?

I am freshly returned from a moving and inspiring Family Journey adventure in the UP Resilient Group Participantsof Michigan, hosted in partnership with friends and colleagues from leadfeather.org. It is to all the staff and participants from this learning journey adventure that I extend a rich “Thank You,” to. And it is to you the above reflections, written while being graciously chauffeured to the airport by the Slover-Linett family, are dedicated.

Our shared time in the beautiful natural surroundings, combined with intentions of renewing and exploring ourselves through play and reflection, story telling and drumming and talking circle and late night fire conversations and canoeing the Au Sable river and hiking in the Pictured Rocks National Park and copper bowl making with stone tools and a sweat lodge… all contributed to a deep experience of community and even an expanded sense of family. The love and fun flowed freely.

Indeed, it is through such intentional renewal time in nature that we can come to see more fully who we are and what it means even, to be human. And as we come to again see ourselves through the eyes of ‘all our relations’ on the Tree of Life, we will find ourselves coming home and discovering what a re-genesis of Life on Earth might be.

As Gregory Bateson put it:

“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how Resilient Butterflynature works and the way people think.”

And Thomas Berry here:

“Until the human is understood as a dimension of the earth, we have no secure basis for understanding any aspect of the human. We can understand the human only through the earth.” — The Cosmology of Peace

When is the last time you looked in the mirror and saw there the same wonder and mystery and beauty you see in a sunset or in a butterfly alighting on a sunflower? You are that!

Ask yourself the two questions that matter.

Larry Glover aspires to discover what it is to be truly human in a world that is woven of Larry's resilent smilemystery and consciousness and fire and water and air and earth and spirit and soul too. He struggled from an early age with a madness that would destroy himself, which he came to recognize as a cultural story of separation and unworthiness for life. Larry now leans into our shared love of nature to inspire and deepen what it is to truly love your self, through his writing, speaking, coaching, workshops and wilderness retreats. Learn more of how to engage with Larry at larryglover.com

NOTE: If you would like support in learning to see nature’s beauty within, we still have space in the upcoming Soul Renewal Wilderness Retreat and in a Canyon de Chelly cultural immersion journey.

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Watching this video will move and inspire you

Watching this video will move and inspire you

“The wind shapes the trees and the trees shape the wind,” my new friend said to me as we sipped our coffee and ate breakfast. Emmanuel Karisa Baya and I were attending The Art and Science of Helping Self+World program, hosted by Amy and Arnold Mindell.

Emmanuel continued; “At the Magarini Children Center, in Kenya, we teach the children that if they take care of nature, nature will take care of them. We teach them how to farm organically and to love nature and so they learn to love themselves and each other too. We have about 150 children that we feed and educate.”

“They are mostly orphans or children at risk, due to poverty and hunger. I lost my father and mother when I was young, about 6 years old, and I had to work on farms to have something to eat, for myself and my brothers and sisters. Then I had to work hard to be able to go to school too. I did not want to see these children go hungry like I did.”

“So we educate them in how to take care of the land so they will always have something to eat. And we give them an education too so they will know how to live in this world and can take care of themselves and their families.”

“Many people there now cut the trees so they can make and sell charcoal. It is the only way they know. But we are teaching the people how to farm organically and we are planting trees, because the wind shapes the trees and the trees shape the wind. They are one,” Emmanuel says in closing.

A friend and colleague, Robyn Benson, DOM, recently said to me, “Every time I see you, Larry, I think about trees. Aspen trees.” I doubt Robyn actually knew she could not have paid me a higher compliment since I seriously take Aspen trees to be soul medicine for our time and deliver retreats and programs around such. And from the moment I saw Emmanuel standing in the driveway of the cottage I was pulling into, his large welcoming smile and eyes unafraid of looking openly into mine, I knew I was meeting a brother.

It was as though each of our spirits smiled into the welcoming of another, whom we innately sensed also shared an intimate knowledge of our common rooting: Like the Aspen, the trees and the wind, we too are one.

Emmanuel and I dreamed that day of these videos. And now he and the Magarni Children Center are putting three new videos up on you-tube in an effort to spread the word of their work and of their need for financial support. As I write this, they have started to build a dormitory for the children, so they may have safe and secure places to sleep. They need the help of people like you to be able to complete this dormitory for young girls.

Future needs will include electricity and a well for water, which they currently harvest from the rains or must haul in at expense.

There are a multitude of places one can focus their attention on in today’s world that strengthen our despair and sense of hopelessness, our sense of powerlessness. The tree planting and organic farmer and visionary Emmanuel Karisa Baya however, did not let a challenging childhood, of becoming an orphan at an early age, the physical hunger or challenges of walking long distances to get an education shut down the heart and spirit of compassion that now wells up within him.

It is this wildly resilient leadership of people like Emmanuel that give me hope for the future. And it is the practices and visions of a future of sustainable thrivability and human caring and loving, demonstrated by the Magarini Children Center, that point toward a future worth leaving to our children, a future we can create together. There, they are literally “redefining how people should live together.”

You can support this global movement of redefining how people should live together by opening to the power of even little acts arising out of your own caring. You can consciously choose to move closer to that future of a more beautiful world now by opening your heart and sending care and love to someone you know in need. It’s that simple.

And share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter or… and/or send even a small donation to the Magarini Children Center, or where else your heart may call you to; you’ll feel the Resilient Leadersricher for it and enrich someone else’s spirit too.

Be wildly resilient: Enjoy your self…and your day! Spread the joy.

Larry Glover aspires to discover what it is to be truly human in a world that is woven of mystery and consciousness and fire and water and air and earth and spirit and soul too. He struggled from an early age with a madness that would destroy himself, which he came to recognize as a cultural story of separation and unworthiness for life. Larry now leans into our shared love of nature to inspire and deepen what it is to truly love your self, through writing, speaking, coaching, workshops and wilderness retreats. Learn more of how to engage with Larry at larryglover.com

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Oh my soul

Oh my soulresilient nature
I love you like the day-shy stars
visible only in darkness
the absence of light itself
making holy space
a sacred container
for light to shine forth
its beauty all the more radiant
like a soul ablaze
longed for
revealed and
remembered at last

 

learning resiliency in natureThe call of the soul for the remembering of who we are in our deep nature is a hallmark of our human era. It is a call for our waking up and remembering our wholeness and innate belonging.

Paul Hawkins, quoting the essence of Emerson, spoke of it this way:

“Ralph Waldo asked what we would do if the stars came out once in a thousand years. No one would sleep that night, obviously. The world would create religions overnight. We would be ecstatic, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night and we watch TV.”

That we live in continuous presence with spirit and soul can make us drowsy to their presence, in the way we only pay attention to the water if it tastes bad or the air when it is polluted.

Why wait for your soul to ache or suffer to listen to it’s calling however. Give it some attention now. A simple remembering may change your moment and day. A gratitude can help call you home.

What is it your soul is asking you to remember?

Larry Glover is a speaker, writer, retreat facilitator, resiliency coach and wilderness guide. You can learn more about opportunities to engage with him at larryglover.com and at leadfeather.org. We still have space in the upcoming Wilderness Soul Renewal Retreat and in a Canyon de Chelly cultural immersion journey.

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