WILD SPACES: Take a Lane and Go

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THERE IS NO SHELTER. Leonard Cohen once said, “If you don’t become the ocean you’ll be seasick every day.” On that note, shelter is an illusion. Civilization perpetuates a myth of refuge through an expectation of ease and convenience.

Humans submit themselves to lifetimes of suffering chasing these expectations. Demanding that their needs are supreme to all others and that everything should be controlled in their attempt to be met. Key word here is attempt. Humans are not gods. We control nothing.

On the other hand, if you go out and fully embrace the rain, the sleet, the cold, the broken heart, broken bones and unclear paths, then your shelter, comfort and ease will be found in the relationships you build throughout this raggedly beautiful life. Burn your fear in the basement of the false shelter whose roofs and walls perpetuate it. Build a life up and out, like a vine towards the sun, break through windows.

Burn your fear in the basement of the false shelter whose roofs and walls perpetuate it. Build a life up and out, like a vine towards the sun, break through windows.
 Photo by Ben Weaver

Photo by Ben Weaver

THE FUTURE DOES NOT EXIST. Each moment is a frontier crashing past. You’ll never catch more than one at a time. Each turn is here, not there. One breath holds the entirety of your life. Rare as a leaf falling stem first. Same as a dog biting at waves.

BEING PREPARED IS BETTER THAN HAVING A PLAN. Life always deviates. You cannot control any of it, and attempting to do so feeds your uncertainty instead of expanding your wisdom. Learn what tools you need and how to carry them. Then place yourself in the middle of the river and shout with vitality. You are connected to the center of your earth, you are not at the center. The spokes radiate inward. Change is not possible without crisis, whatever comes your way, invite it in and listen to what it has to say. You will never be unprepared.

THE UNKNOWN IS TEMPORARY. Let your eyes adjust to the dark and you are bound to find stars. Validate your urge to deviate from the known to the unknown by becoming vulnerable to that which pushes against you. As long as you keep moving forward, the road ahead is the road behind. Singing into to the rising sun dispels the delusion that it is anything other than a brand new adventure.

 Photo by Ben Weaver

Photo by Ben Weaver

TRADE IRONY FOR BEWILDERMENT. There is nothing wrong with a sense of humor. In fact it is essential. But you cannot hide your vulnerability behind jokes and wit. As a friend recently said, there must be room for paradox. Otherwise you are left with duality.

Only in bewilderment will the mystical uncoil itself. Inspiration comes from the gods. You don’t get to choose when it strikes, but the more you practice awe and bewilderment the more often inspiration will find you.

Lovingly ignore the news. Follow your true north amongst it all. Take a lane and go.

Ben Weaver