Wild

of an animal : living in nature without human control or care : not tame
of a plant : growing or produced in nature : not grown or farmed by people
of land : not changed by people : not settled or developed

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Wild (adj.): Old English wildein the natural state, uncultivated, untamed, undomesticated, uncontrolled,” from Proto-Germanic *wilthja-, from Proto-Indo-European root *welt-woodlands; wild.”

Meaning “sexually dissolute, loose” is attested from mid-13c. Meaning “distracted with excitement or emotion, crazy” is from 1590s. U.S. slang sense of “exciting, excellent” is recorded from 1955. As an adverb from 1540s. Baseball wild pitch is recorded from 1867. Wildest dreams attested from 1717. Wild West in a U.S. context recorded by 1826. Wild Turkey brand of whiskey in use from 1942.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.”

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, born Lev Nikolayevich, Graf (Count) Tolstoy (also spelled Tolstoi), a Russian writer, master of realistic fiction, and regarded as one of the world’s greatest novelists; best known for “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina.”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Leo-Tolstoy

“How wild it was, to let it be.”

Cheryl Strayed (b. 1968, American memoirist, novelist, and essayist, best known for writing the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, “Wild.”)

Bio Source:

www.cherylstrayed.com

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

Lord Byron (1788-1824, born George Gordon Byron, Poet and Playwright, regarded as one of the greatest British poets, best known for his sexual escapades, and brilliant use of the English language.)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/lord-byron-21124525

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, practical philosopher, New England Transcendentalist and author of the book, “Walden”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/henry-david-thoreau-9506784

“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.”

John Muir (1838-1914, Scottish-American farmer, inventor, sheepherder, naturalist, explorer, writer, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society)

Bio Source:

vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/life/muir_biography.aspx

Meditation

“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.”

— John Muir

Desire for a “Sacred Romance” is one of our noblest of pursuits, which not only requires pure love of Life itself, but a solid connection with the wildest and most pristine parts of the Earth plane.

The connection we have with our beloved planet is directly linked to the relationships we have for ourselves and with each other.  The planetary matrix is a clear mirror of our global health and interdependence.

There are sacred doors to secrets Mother Earth holds that She has yet to share us.  She knows our capacity for abuse and malice.  We are spoiled brats refusing to take responsibility for our destructive patterns of abuse, and we have taken a lot for granted, including Earth’s devotion to our well-being and missions.

Hiking and walking in wilderness is another essential spiritual discipline.  It allows us to trance out, shape-shift, and connect in to the deeper dimensions of our planetary existence, empathizing with the lives of all creatures, large and small.   Abiding in the wild allows us to let go of the illusory constructs of our ordinary lives, the stuff that has little importance.

The wild will always call the deepest and most ancient parts of our souls, reminding us of our true lineage to the Cosmos and the Earth.

Be well, my friends.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

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