Tag: ecotherapy

The Purpose of Going Out is Coming Back

I recently returned from three rich days facilitating a wilderness ceremony/rite-of-passage for a young man. But as we say, the purpose of going out is to come back—to return more aligned to community with one’s unique gifts and love as medicine for your people.

I HAD BEEN FRAGMENTING MYSELF

Wild Nature Heart must integrate the somatic, the spiritual, the sensual; it must honor the artsy, the activist, and animist; it must cultivate the spaciousness to hold the grief, joy, and anger, the shadow and the light. And hold space for others to do the same.

KEEP WALKING, VISIBLE ONE

We say that the purpose of going out is to come back. We cross the threshold and go on the sacred mountain or desert, not to escape, but to claim who we really are, to embody our wholeness, and to bring back the medicine that the world needs.

WHAT IS YOUR NICHE IN THE ECOSYSTEM OF HEALING AND JUSTICE?

This is a question I am living now.

“Where your soul’s gift and your positionality (dynamic social location of power + privilege) meet is your ecological niche for a hungry world.”

This beautiful & dangerous call by Pinar Sinopoulus-Lloyd (@queerquechua) of @queernature has been swimming through the river canyons of my psyche as I feel the complex emoting of a world confronting multiple intersecting crises: ecological, social, and spiritual.

Into the Cave

We go to the cave for the dark descent into ourselves, to confront and embrace the wounds and monsters, but also uncover the shimmering treasures to bring back as a gift to a world in need. We go to the cave, not to disappear, but return to the world and show up in our unique way.