This has been bubbling up for me today. Noticing how warm this January has been, after record cold last January. Thinking about our ancestors. How they looked to the patterns of the natural world for wisdom. And then a knowing that so few of us do this today, followed by a feeling that even if the majority of us return to these patterns, what if what we are picking up is at least partly deranged?
A few weeks ago, I was in Iowa. It was warm there too, and on one of the lakes outside of Des Moines, hundreds (maybe even a few thousand) geese had landed. Were squawking at each other. Circling. Waiting. Whatever they were doing there, it seemed off. Geese usually fly to the border states and Mexico in the winter. They don’t winter in Iowa. But given the signals they’ve been getting, perhaps Iowa felt right the first week of January.
If this is the new normal, we might have to go beyond simply “going back to nature” so to speak. Aligning ourselves with a natural world that is deranged, in large part because of ignorant human activity, isn’t going to bring about the healing that we seek. Our attention skills need to be honed to the point that they allow us to witness the deranged, and see through it to the dynamic “homeostasis” behind the curtain. If we seek to build/create in alignment with our ecosystems, we’re going to have to learn how it organizes to thrive, rather than simply mimic what is currently present. Like riding the breath in meditation until it settles deep in the heart of the body/mind, so to is the practice of returning to true unity with/in our Earthly home.
Canada goose in Iowa via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.