Living outside of what’s natural for us

Yes, this is true for us as a whole, and for our body and mind.

Through evolution, we are made to live in nature, in daily physical activity, in a small community, doing things that are meaningful and give visible results, without clocks and schedules, and so on.

In our modern Western society, we often find ourselves living contrary to this.

Many of us are sedentary in daily life and need to add artificial periods of exercise. We live in cities where we don’t know our neighbors and many are isolated. We don’t know our neighbors and live separated from our family and friends. Many have jobs that are not very meaningful. We have to follow the clock and schedules without regard to the natural rhythms of the day, seasons, and our bodymind. We live separated from nature and the aliveness of nature. We eat food grown with toxins and we clean our homes with toxins. We eat hyper-refined foods. We try to fill the void many of us experience (from living in this civilization) through consumption or fueling certain artificial identities. We see huge portions of nature being destroyed. We see the suffering of people and non-human beings in the news daily. We know that our world can end suddenly from wars. We live with shoulds and taboos that don’t really make sense and create a lot of stress. We see the huge inequality in the world and the many living in poverty. We know that our world is heading towards its end because of our ecocidal civilization.1

No wonder there is a lot of illness of both body and mind. This is a situation that’s not only destructive for our life-support system. It’s destructive for us here and now.2

Many of our illnesses are symptoms of a civilization that has removed itself very far from what our mind and body evolved to live in. Many of our mental, physical, and social ills are illnesses of our particular civilization.

NOTES
(1) Why is this happening? The essence may be our ability to think abstractly, and more to the point, the tendency of our mind to take these abstractions as true. Abstract thinking is a wonderful tool and it can do a lot of amazing things. And when our minds take it as true and don’t recognize it for what it is, it can create a lot of problems for us individually and collectively. Our mind takes a fantasy world as real and distracts itself from what’s more real. It prioritizes identities, shoulds, and so on, over recognizing thoughts for what they are – an important tool with limited use and validity. As a species, we are still in our childhood when it comes to relating to our thoughts in a sane and wise way.

(2) This doesn’t mean that all was easy for our distant ancestors even if they lived in a setting we evolved to live in. They had their own challenges, of course. They lived with disease, children dying young, famine, local conflicts, and so on. The difference is that most of what they dealt with was on a human scale.

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LIVING OUTSIDE OF WHAT’S NATURAL FOR US

Yes, this is true for both body and mind.

We are made to live in nature, in daily physical activity, in a small community, doing things that are meaningful and give visible results, wthout clocks and schedules, and so on.

In our modern Western society, we often find ourselves living contrary to this.

Many of us are sedentary in daily life and need to add artificial periods of exercise. We live in cities where we don’t know our neighbors and many are isolated. Many have jobs that are not very meaningful. We have to follow the clock and schedules without regard to our own rhythms. We live separated from nature and the aliveness of nature. We eat food grown with toxins. We eat hyper-refined foods. We see huge portions of nature being destroyed. We see the suffering of people and non-human beings in the news daily. We know of the huge inequality in the world and the many living in poverty.

No wonder there is a lot of illness of both body and mind.

Many of our illnesses are symptoms of a civilization that has removed itself very far from what our mind and body evolved to live in.

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