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24th October 2011
By Jack Adam Weber – Guest Writer for Wake Up World
It is time to reclaim our lives by taking back our physiologies, our minds, and our hearts through good thinking, creativity, meaningful work, community, simple pleasures, more leisure time, and holistic living. We need to spend more time in nature, any way we can. We can learn to reprogram ourselves under the tutelage of Nature herself. Nature influences us at both obvious and deep unconscious levels. Longer sojourns in nature are recommended so that its subtle yet powerful effects can reach and heal us beneath the mental, physiological, emotional, and lifestyle conditionings that can take time to loosen their hold on us.
We may choose at some point to live rurally. Even if we don’t know how to, cannot imagine, or feel repelled, embarrassed, or guilty doing so, by moving into such a life, we place ourselves in position to discover deeper inner fulfilment. Here we also can remember how to perceive and live life poetically. Natural metaphors (including poems themselves) unite seemingly disparate aspects of life, thereby unveiling wholeness and catalyzing healing. For instance, the satisfaction and wisdom gained from growing food—from planting a seed to eating its fruit—is also an exciting and ineffable experience. The nature-saturated among us, who have also, for example, witnessed and helped along the miracle of food grown from seed, are and will increasingly become crucial medicine for planetary healing. The 11-year old Birke Baehr is a glowing example.
I’m to the point that I could give a flying-duck about my current job, your job, or anyone’s job. I feel that each of us needs to expand (or altogether change) the scope of our current work to include and promote the appreciation and preservation of nature. The scope and interests of my “normal” job are being redefined these days. Every week “my job” is becoming more and more “our work”. Our work is to create a grassroots revolution through revelation and the resuscitation of genuine care for each other and Nature. Let us work to slow down and jump off the distraction train we have been collectively riding. Let us exit mindless busyness by cutting out draining and meaningless activities and anything we can that is not part of the solution.
Thank goodness I also read and personally experience examples of this movement already beginning to make a mark in the world. In the face of increasing panic and ever-more-accessible escapes into distraction and denial, we have to continue to free up time, energy, creativity, courage, and resources for new Earth-first standards of “success.” Let us define success as when nature succeeds with us. Wall Street Occupation is the first collective voice for sustainability on such an overt and large scale in some time. May we branch out and grow from here.
It is time to rekindle the latent power of our deep body-centered imaginations to birth a new way of caring, consuming, and doing business. This might look a lot like a previous, more dignified, Earth-centered humanity devoted to the common goal of living and leaving a clean legacy for our children. This is our job today. To counterbalance know-nothing officials, our planet needs us, who care. To what extent we can save ourselves in the face of the maniacal powers currently running the show is yet to be seen.
Exploring how to design and implement a more sane and conscious transition to the future, rather than endure a gnarly and disfiguring ecocidal journey, is our heart-mission for modern times. Indeed, the solution is not as linear or as straightforward as we have come to believe is the way of progress. Rather, it is a cyclical, creatively primal, transformative way that feels and checks its way step by step, adjusting and integrating external reality, intuition, and innovation to create a world in which we can survive and thrive. May Mother Nature continue to be patient for us. May we not procrastinate.
The Nourish Practice
Jack Adam Weber’s “The Nourish Practice” is an easy, guided meditation-Qi Gong practice in radical gratitude and self-love. It is an Earth-based, body-centered practice — at once physiological and mythological — that is deeply relaxing and replenishing, especially for modern-day burn-out syndrome, and requires little physical effort.
The Nourish Practice “resets your nervous system” and fosters a rich inner life. You can purchase The Nourish Practice as a CD or Digital Download here.
Previous articles by Jack Adam Weber:
- Relationships: The Costs of Staying When We Should Leave
- Sex, Love and Attachment
- Emotional Work
- Choosing a Partner – How to Avoid Relationship Suicide
- Re-Thinking Love: Why Our Hearts Must Also Be Minded
- Spirituality – Reality Check
- 11 Crucial Tips for Better Digestive Health
- Shadow Work: Becoming a Sustainable Light Worker (Part 1)
- Oneness in Action: The GMO Eradication Movement
- After the Hurricane: Lessons from the Heart of Nature
- Relationships: How They Can Make Us Happier
- Heartbreak – Loving Ourselves Through Difficult Times
About the author:
Jack Adam Weber, L.Ac. is a Chinese medicine physician, author, celebrated poet, organic farmer, and activist for body-centered spirituality. His books, artwork, and provocative poems can be found at his website PoeticHealing.com. He is also the creator of The Nourish Practice, an Earth-based rejuvenation meditation. Weber is available by phone for medical consultations and life-coaching.