wild self newsletter – november 2010

2010 November 10

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dear wild self community…

tribal rhythms, wild weather, yoga, wild spirits, and vision quests energized the ‘wild self’ yoga quest on october 23rd…

in fairfax, california with a permission to be… existentially yummy… artistically funky… super outdoorsy… a group of seekers wanted to see what’s possible for humanity…

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allison hodge
and vlad cardema created sacred space by fusing vinyassa flow and tribal rhythms… with soul-stirring drums and didgeridoo, we moved from one pose to the next… inhale… exhale… synchronizing breath and movement… our poses mingled, becoming a yogic dance as sound vibrations rippled through our body, melting us into our natural grace… as one quester put it, ‘my goodness, that was something else’…

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with tears of joy sprinkled upon us and the native flute echoing in the distance, we walked in silence to a secluded canyon tucked deep into mount tamalpais watershed

we made a lean-to to keep our bodies dry… everybody chipped in… some hammered stakes into the ground while others secured the tarp to the stakes…

we drew ‘wild self’ circles in the soil with our bare feet… the circle speaks to the archetypal patterns we feel and encounter while on a quest (joseph campbell discusses these archetypal patterns so well)….

we focused, in particular, on the concept of ‘threshold’… that time and space where we either accept or reject the call to adventure…

questers created symbolic manifestations of their thresholds… ‘what does your threshold look like to you?’ i asked…. each quester sourced natural objects to create their expression… some made little gates out of sticks while others made small trenches (some added a little bridge)…

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we awakened our wild self by stimulating senses
… we received deep inhalations… produced long exhalations… feeling the belly’s ebb and flow… softening into our natural, resting breath… a breath at ease… our motion stirred… the drum beat moved our hips, arms, and heads… soon our whole body was in a groove… we scooped leaves… tossed sticks… slid down moist hills… we explored bodily sounds… some loud… some subtle… some muddled… how can we find ourselves…. how can we feel alive… if our sensory capacity is uncharted, no?….’i love being barefoot, makes me feel alive’ added a quester…

the drums and didgeridoo stirred our child-like senses silly… a quester howled from the mountain top… we moved by fancy, not by force…

our social persona(s) jumped out of our flesh… ‘what the heck, this isn’t what i signed up for,’ said persona as it scurried away… we welcomed the aliveness brought to us from our wild self…

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fully embodied and sensory-juiced, we asked our personal threshold to dance… the thing… relationship… identity… habit… that we need to attune ourselves with so our quests can move forward… we stay light and right when we engage our ‘other’ half…

we embraced wholeness, seeing and feeling ourselves not as split but as mortal beings coming to terms with affirming negation so we can complete ourselves beyond the mortal confiness of good and bad…

on their wilderness solo, each quester drifted alone into the woods to come into contact with their wild… authentic… creative self… a drum beat signaled for their return to base camp (see blue shelter above)… where each quester visually storied their quest via expressive arts… afterwards, each quester shared their story (and hence, lesson(s) learned) that grew out of their wilderness solo…

if i may add (i guess i can since i am writing this:) ), going solo into the woods is an existential game-changer… we can read this, watch that, ponder this, and talk about that, but when it comes down to having an experience that sticks to the bones, few endeavors compete with a walk into the wild… alone, that is… even if it is just for a short period of time, the benefit is immense… so congratulations to all of you who solo and to all the questers who did on saturday…

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we returned to the common well for a restorative yoga session with allison… coming out of the cold and into the heated studio, we ratched oursleves down… let go… let go… let go… let the quest flow…

we joined for a reading of the ‘wild self’ manifesto (have you downloaded yourfree copy yet?)… each quester read an affirmation… allison and i expressed closing words… ‘let the quest be with you’…’let time naturally translate your quest’… ‘we learn what we need to learn when we need to learn it’….

so goes the story of the ‘wild self’ yoga quest in fairfax, california… and so goes the mystery… so travel onward and inward… and, for sure, wild your travels…

i will be wilding my travels this november… i will venture into black rock desert (same place burning ban is held, though a bit quieter these days) on a wilderness solo… this wild, remote land is one of my favorite places for recharging my interior… i will be visiting potential places of interest for the spring 2011 ‘wild self’ desert quest… i will take a select number of people on this trip… email us at lightandright@thewildself.com if you’re interested in attending…

meanwhile, at the wild self, we continue to create content that wilds life… newest essays include 1) we quest, therefore we are‘; 2) ‘interior honking’; 3)‘culturally modified organism’; 4) ‘identity bows to the wild’; and 5) ‘burning man report 2010′ … if you haven’t experienced these essays, let them check you out… they speak to the spirit of the wild self…

for the wild,
gino

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