Tiger living in natural habitat

Solitary Animals

As Spring is springing in my neck of the woods on the East Coast of the U.S., I am just reveling in the lush greenery and the beautiful flowers, the buzzing bees, and the hundreds of peepers that are sounding off in our pond, calling for their special someones. It is such a magical time of renewal and growth that inspires a deep hope that all the best things will soon be knocking at our doors. The birds are all twitterpated, making their nests and chasing each other around. Our annual goose couple has set up its usual nesting spot on the island in the pond, and as the female sits on her nest, the male swims the perimeter on patrol for the foxes who will soon have kits spilling out of their dens and rolling down the hill into the pasture. This is the season of waking up, coming together, creating and procreating. This is the time when all animals come together to make sure that they have a new generation to carry on their family lines.

I used to think that it was so sad that some animals were solitary by nature, coming together only to mate when the time was right. I thought it worrisome that the tigers and polar bears and moose and snow leopards and other animal loners were going stag for most of their lives. By human standards it seemed to me that life would be unbearably empty. I have come to realize over the years, however, that these seemingly reclusive animals are never alone. They are connected to the earth and the nature around them in a way that only indigenous people who have remained untouched by modern human life can understand. With every footstep on a forest floor or mountain incline, they can feel the vibration of the earth, they can understand the whisper of the wind in the trees, they can sense the weather patterns changing, and they can participate in the communication that runs through all of the natural world around them. They are very much in companionship with all of life.

On the other hand, humans, while innately a tribal species, are the only animal capable of disconnecting from absolutely all living things. We live in shelters created from man-made materials which are fully intended to separate us from our natural environment and even each other. If we want to see what is going on around us, we can transport ourselves in individual, rubber wheeled vehicles, fully encapsulated in our own bubbles, free from everything including sound. We can turn on our televisions and watch happenings near and far to which we have no energetic attachment, and if we never want to leave our artificial environments, we can have all of our necessities delivered to our front doors. We have made it possible to never have to connect with the natural world or each other if we don’t want to. Now that is sad, and it begs the question, is that okay???

If ever there was a time to be mindful of reconnecting with the natural world, which, by the way, is our natural habitat, it is in this season of Spring. Get your bare feet on and go walk in the grass, find a rock to sit on and soak up some sun, dangle your feet in a stream and let the water wash away your isolation. When you touch the earth you equilibrate the electromagnetic field of your body to match that of the earth and that brings you back to a state of healing and connection with your highest state of flow. It is time for us to stop separating ourselves from the rhythms of the natural world. Let’s take a cue from the animals and create a verdant future by actually being a part of our Earth family. From the ground under our feet to the sky above our heads, our energy contributes to it all, let’s make sure we are making it beneficent.

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