Did you realize that BEING HERE is what being human is all meant to be?
Somehow, we slip out of our reason we are here and daily, fall onto a lesser plane of human existence.
Case in point, living in our FAST PACE world of technology and the acquiring of more things, and being in the strategic mind forgetting that our experience is one in fact, of experiencing a life of worry and fear.
Somehow, we act as a hamster on a treadmill going nowhere, and in doing so we have somehow a moved ourselves out from the true selves one of living in joy and of being fully human and ALIVE.
All of which you and I were all meant to experience here in this life or which was to be the life we were meant to live disappears.
Now you know the scenary and the canyons I see daily when I go on my walks. Welcome to Saint George, UT.
That is why I added the ideas of the Hunter-Gather society in an earlier post. It wasn't until we humans moved out from a culture of Hunting and Gathering into the Mesopotamia and the Nile, that we become so thought oriented. So why in some ways was this our step backwards?
If you will remember, Hunter-Gather and even Father Abraham, who also was a herder, had to move his herds from pasture to pasture, and Hunter Gathers had to follow the herd, so with constant movement there was an attachment to things.
This lifestyle, of letting go of things, allowed them to truly live, from their bodies while less from their minds. Instead of strategizing what new clothes they were to wear or home furnishings they would acquire, therefore to this wandering class, planning and mind dominance took second stage to being in their bodies and to their experience of being human.
Did you ever realize that your body can act as a filter to your mind and thoughts is because it is made up of both the earth as well as water? It is because your body is flesh and bones and spirit it can when you do walking meditation, it can drown your thoughts even if it is on a part time basis.
So every day I walk I bring the stars and the ocean with me. And doing so I forget about the possessions I own, that are back at home, or at least for 2 - 3 hours.
On my walks I have to be in my body because when I go up and down on the rocks and canyons, I have to leave my mind behind with all of my possessions, and let my body move, at its own slow pace, to avoid any slips and falls down any 30 - 50 foot ravines and being hurt or maybe even experiencing sudden death.
So how did this all happen? Once we enter the school system something switches, as our bodies become less of an influence on us and it is when our minds become more dominant.
It is as if our Egos become in charge, to take from our past to navigate us into the future because we hate to deal with life's uncertainties. The Ego tricks us into our thinking that we need it more than our bodies, to navigate our lives.
It does so by moving us out of from being present, and so from that day on we become unable to experience the true JOY of being fully present as we were when we were a child and being fully human. And as we did make that switch, we seldom realize that this navigation process has in fact, taken us out from our true nature of being.
I would like to add an analogy here as to what I think happens after we get older, and enter the world of the mind. I see the mind and the body differently now that I walk in the desert daily. It is as if my body has begun to act as a filter, to help me get out of my mind, and it is also able to take a rest by moving slower at the speed of nature.
My body while in the desert becomes a filter to rid me from my mental meanderings and therefore create within my life, more balance.
In the past, before taking to walking as a daily lifestyle, I saw my mind driving a Ferrari while my body was being locked in the trunk.
The reason I chose a Ferrari mind is because we believe the faster our minds drive, the faster we get to where we need to go. However, we are unaware that this is a false narrative. I have had a few friends who had fast cars crash and burn, and who now lie under daisies and tombstones.
So either driving or even moving through life fast may not always the best choice, for human existence. More often than not mind speed can in fact, take us away into an alternative direction and one that is not one of real human living.
However, now that I take 2 - 3 hour desert walks I now find that my body, now has time to drive, but my mind doesn't totally disappear, but instead stays seated quitter in the passenger chair. Letting my body be dominant for 2 - 3 hours, and then when I go back to work, which is when my mind gets back behind the wheel. But it isn't behind the wheel all day long, which before had been the case.
But something unusual now happens throughout my day which was not the case before. What has transpired is that my body and my mind, throughout the day both take turns, at the wheel, and guess what, my mind no longer gets upset, and now is experiencing less stress, it enjoys a joint partnership of being a passenger now and again throughout most of my day. In fact, they now enjoy trading places.
I added the video below so you can get to see what kinds of walks I go on and the images that I see.
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Could You ever go back again to Living Life as the Days of a Hunter Gather Lifestyle? Well I am applying it on a part-time basis. Even doing so part-time, has created a body that SINGS.
soSourAfter my Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, now that I am in remission,
I decided to do my Hunter-Gather experience every morning walking up and down canyons in the Southenr Utah desert next to my home and not far from Zion's National Park . Yes when I walk I see red canyons and green folage each day. I even see wildlife now and again from foxes, rabbits and even hawks so in a sense, I am never walking alone.
Each walk can take up to 3 hours as I try to get an early start at about 6:00 AM every morning before it gets hot. I have decided to become a part time adjunct hunter and see what it takes me after one year of sickness and to get back at it again.
Even if I can do it on a part time basis, at least I believe that my physicality is so much improved for doing so after this past month or two I thought that I would share with you my expansive experience.
For some reason after man entered the agricultural era in Mesopotamia and the Nile, soft living was on the rise, and after the Industrial Revolution and as we enter the Information age human kind lifestyles keep getting softer with the advancement of each day.
I decided to add my own Hunter Gather experience which is a real workout one that I had to stop once I got really weak with cancer.
But I decided to resume it now that I am in remission to gain back my previous leanness and physical strength. If I showed you my walking up and down hills some of which are 100 yards up or even more, most of you would blink and say let me lay down on my sofa watch a grueling sports program, and chomp down on my bag of chips.
So I have decided to let you know what life was like tens of thousands of years ago witch my friends is still backed into our human DNA and our evolution of our bodies and our brains. In fact, the DNA in our bodies craves we go back again to some sense of activity and perspiration.
In fact, I don't need to buy a pass to the local gym, because my 3 hour up and down mountains on rocks and dirt in fact, if you read on, Hunter-Gathers men and women and even their childreen, were even in better shape than most of todays top earning athletic pros. When you walk up and down these canyons every part of your body, after your walk, I have experiences, vibrates. You will experience mustles flitching after your walk, some of which you never realized before ever existed.
So I have added here are a few excerpts to see how you and my ancestors used to live. I am doing so that maybe a few of you will rethink through how modern life might have left us as humans, less dynamic and less happy, because our minds and bodies no longer SING. I promise if your body sings like mine does, after a walk, you will experience happiness throughout your day. Which is why I believe was why the American Indian, because the y are no longer on the hunt, still grieves to this day.
All I can tell you is that my body loves being as fit as a fiddle again. So I have added some experiences as to how Hunter and Gathers lived.
Woman remember you were not the hunter but you were Gathers, but you were still expected to make those long greuling 3 - 10 mile a day trecks with your hunter warrior every day. So here is a short rendition as to what it was like for some researchers following a day in the life of a hunter-gather tribe, of today.
“Very few modern people have ever experienced what it is like to “run with the hunt.” One of the notable exceptions is Kim Hill, PhD, an anthropologist at the University of New Mexico who has spent the last 30 years living with and studying the Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay and the Hiwi foragers of southwestern Venezuela. his description of these amazing hunts represents a rare glimpse into the activity patterns that would have been required of us all, were it not for the Agricultural Revolution.”
“While hunter gatherers are generally in good physical condition if they haven’t yet been exposed to modern diseases and diets that come soon after permanent outside contact, I would not want to exaggerate their abilities. They are what you would expect if you took a genetic cross section of humans and put them in lifetime physical training at moderate to hard levels.
Most hunting is search time not pursuit, thus a good deal of aerobic long distance travel is often involved (over rough terrain and carrying loads if the hunt is successful). I used to train for marathons as a grad student and could run at a 6:00 per mile pace for 10 miles, but the Ache would run me into the ground following peccary tracks through dense bush for a couple of hours. I did the 100 yd in 10.2 in high school (I was a fast pass catcher on my football team), and some Ache men can sprint as fast as me.”
Another interesting post offered 13 Specific attributes of Hunter Gathers which many of us living the sole like would have difficulties living today. There main contention is that Hunter Gathers were fit and lean and were not obese because their lifestyle tended to cultivate a more rigorous physical existence which many of us today lack.