Rewilding

by Micah Mortali

We live in a time when technology dominates our lives. The internet and portable touch-screen devices have radically altered our interactions and our societies. Fewer and fewer people are connected to the source of their food or the land on which they live. This break in our relationship to nature alienates us from the generative forces of our living earth and may alienate future generations, with catastrophic consequences. Indeed, it seems apparent now that effects of this dis­connection are already happening around the world.

We evolved in intimate contact with the land, the seasons, and what author David Abram calls “the more-than-human world,” a term I use for nature. Rewilding reacquaints us with our environment and ourselves. It draws us out to experience the comfort and joy of a sacred fire, the sweetness of a freshly picked wild berry, the interspecies con­nection we make when we come eye to eye with a wild creature, and the fellowship of friends sitting on the earth sharing stories of their day.

 

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Micah Mortali, the director of the Kripalu Schools, which includes the School of Yoga, Ayurveda, Integrative Yoga Therapy, and the School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership (which he founded in 2018). Micah holds a master’s degree in health arts and sciences from Goddard College and leads trainings and retreats year-round. Adapted from Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali, Sounds True 2019. Reprinted with permission.

 

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