by: Sibyl McLendon
As small children, we were all
wild. Not unlike the wolf pup in the den, we ran when we felt like it, sniffed
or tasted things to see what they were, yelled when the mood struck us and
danced at the drop of a hat. We loved to dig in the earth, heave a rock into a
pool, roll and tumble on the ground and run naked whenever we could. We loved
ourselves and we loved our bodies. We knew no fear.
Of course, we were also taught
to give that all up. “Act your age!” “Don’t be such a wild thing!” our parents
told us. Grow UP. The list of unacceptable behaviors got longer and longer,
until the wild part of us just went to sleep.
But the wildness is still inside
of us, and we all need to make the connection to it to be a whole, happy
person. It is there for a reason, and when we can find it, wake it up and make
it a working part of our psyche, we are all the better for it.
The wildness holds our deeper
intuition. That sniffing and tasting to discover what a thing was… it kept us
out of a lot of harmful situations! We knew instinctively when something or
someone should be avoided. As small children, that instinct was not fully
developed, of course, but as adults we can use that wildness to guide us in
ways that we need. When we allow our wild side to remain buried and asleep we
are a lot more likely to blunder into situations and relationships that are not
good for us!
The wildness allowed us to have
fun and to connect to the rhythms of the universe at lot more easily. We can
all use a good roll on the ground from time to time. A good long howl at the
moon when we are sad can really go a long way to making us feel better. Heaving
a rock into a pool is very therapeutic when angry.
Women especially have lost that
wild nature. They complain long and hard about men being so free with their
bodily functions, and the fact that they are acting like “little boys” all the
time. Well, ladies, I strongly suggest that you give it a try! Women need to
let go of all the civilization once in awhile. We have had all the wildness
bred out of us, and it is unhealthy! Many women feel a yearning as they grow
older to dig in the earth (gardening), act a little silly or wild from time to
time, and yet they are so frightened… what will the neighbors (mates, parents,
friends, strangers) think?
Ha! Who cares? I would rather be
known as that sort of strange lady who lives down the block than I would be
frustrated and pent-up. No chemical hair dye and plastic surgery for me.
An excellent book about this is
“Women Who Run With The Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I have a sort of
goal to get every woman on earth to read this book! Cast off your pantyhose and
dance… let loose the wildness and howl at the moon! You have nothing to lose
but your ulcers, your unhappiness, your fear and your yearning.
You will gain your personal
power, your joy, your connection and your intuitive self.
I hope to bump into you some
night, running under the full moon… in the wild.
About The Author
Sibyl McLendon is 1/2 Navajo,
and is a personal spiritual coach for Circle Of Grace http://www.circle-of-grace.com. Circle Of Grace is a unique
blending of Native American spirituality and holistic wellness coaching. Sign
up for a free coaching session! Sibyl can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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