“Move with Love”. If I had something of a mantra, this would be it.
I’d like to believe that a life driven by intentions of love generates fruition of all life on this planet.
If we genuinely care for others and, in return, have others genuinely care for us, then all will be awarded an endless cycle of good fortune.
Now, extend this compassion towards all life, for the plants and organisms that inhabit nearly every space of this Earth. Shouldn’t we take responsibility as advanced species to protect the land that provides us with food, shelter, and life?
In an age of social media and technology, we have been molded to forget the source of life—the natural world that has assisted human evolution throughout the millions of years of our existence.
I undertake difficult challenges, such as backcountry camping, to serve as a reminder of my ancestors’ struggles. It heightens my senses and ignites a primal instinct to survive.
Social media platforms like Facebook have conditioned us to think that others are doing better than ourselves or that we are not doing enough. This sprouts anxiety and depression that cripples not only our mental but physical selves.
Technology and the concept of “single-use” have brought a world of convenience to our lives. Businesses strive for your attention and customers like their shopping to be quick, convenient, and if it’s food, delicious.
Buy the latest model, the hottest fashion, the coolest feature, or simply the one with the cool packaging. Buy. Buy. Buy.
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There is a constant desire to have more and better, and we have advanced to a position of never feeling satisfied with what we have—generating tons of needless waste.
We collect, compile, absorb, repeat.
It’s like living a life in Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence, repeating the same painful routine day in and day out.
Sound fun, am I right?
As Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Simplify your life. Don’t waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don’t burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!”
Now let me take you outside, into the woods. Here, there is silence, besides the leaves rustling above and the occasional pitter-patter of a ground squirrel hiding its treasured winter nuts.
The air is slightly chilled and fragrant of herbal bouquets as you slowly draw fresh air deep within your chest, following a relaxed exhale.
You turn your gaze up to the sky and see a chickadee hop from branch to branch going chickadee-dee-dee-dee and a white-tailed deer off in the distance chewing on some leaves.
Each passing step the dirt sinks under your feet and the warm sun gently energizes your skin.
You feel a sense of serenity, peace.
Passing through Montana during road trip to Washington State. Photo Credit: Kat Polomsky
Natural wonders lift away any anxiety plaguing your mind and you feel the tightness loosen its grasp.
Beauty is everything pure on this Earth.
It’s impressive how a simple walk in the forest can blossom love for yourself, which often spreads into every branch of your life.
As Kathy Heideman sings in the title song “Move with Love”, “Hear it simple and straight, if you want to be great, move with love.”