we must dance
with our longest shadows
in the brightest sunlight.
how much we can actually change is probably up for a good debate, but the wellspring of our life being deeply rooted in our heart’s delight is not…..we know it, we taste it, we stretch all boundaries and become….harmony is not about the status quo…it’s about the unexpected journey….
One of the most memorable evenings of my life was spent with Doug Peacock, grizzly bear expert and model on which the character Hayduke in Edward Abbey’s ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang’ was loosely based. We sat in his backyard outside Tucson, in the dark, drinking reasonable quantities of beer, wine and scotch. We could hear coyotes howling all around us and javelinas- small desert pigs with big incisors- were snorting around the table a few feet from where we sat. When we would laugh or reach for a drink they would shuffle off into the desert. I often think of something he told me during our interview that evening. The conversation had to do with inner power, with pursuing your passion and living life on your own terms: ‘The notion of following your passion is a cheap instinct and a good instinct and it’s worth indulging. Your passion is your source of power. In order to have power, you have to live a life of passion. You have to live a really full life. You need to follow those paths, no matter where they lead- in defiance of all things conventional, perhaps. And of course it is at a price. It’s going to cost. You have to know that going in. But the price you pay, in my opinion, is not worth the time of day to think about. It is so important not to knee-pad around the world. You should never bow down to anything but those you love and respect. Ever. For anything’…..Heron Dance, Rod MacIver
Philosophical excursions invariably come full circle to the conclusions promulgated by sages throughout recorded history- the conclusions that man cannot safely ignore the life force at the center of his being (by whatever name it is called), that the dignity of man has its inception in the individual, that man’s security lies not in transforming nature but in transforming himself, and that it is impossible to talk about the necessary transformation without using the word ‘love.’…..Norman Cousins