Our acqueous bodies respond to forces such as breezes, the moon’s gravitational pull, electrical currents, and other near and far signals. When we live different lives from our neighbors, family and friends, although we may live in close proximity, we lack the stable conditions of a common environment, a common diet, a meaningful occupation, common interests, emotions, etc. If we shared these common primal conditions, much of our humors might wave, ripple, or flow as one—as a liquid murmuration
‘Flow’ is a state induced by a hyperawareness of, and interconnection with, one’s environment, with all of its perceivable events and qualities
When immersed in signals, with all our attention upon the world around and in front of us, especially within a pristine natural environment, we can best blend energetically with that system and acheive flow. Anything outside of the relevant energy system may seem nonexistent.
When one is stressed and depressed about their job, home life, and lack of freedom and leisure, one can seem to be living a partial death. Future people could evolve into more humane societies which foster joy, arts, beneficial occupations, kindness, and harmony with nature.
In deep, dreamless (delta) sleep we’re unconscious of any feelings, thoughts, or emotions, or of our surroundings. This calm time away from body and mind, while mentally and emotionally peaceful, also renders us most physically unguarded and vulnerable.
Mike reentered his math class to find that during his absence the other students and teacher had decorated the classroom with pictures of the white bird, which had long disturbed him.
Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi tribe, spent years hiding alone in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. His desperation and loneliness eventually drove him to reveal himself to white invaders/settlers, who awkwardly befriended him.
In 2023 many organisms without air conditioning perished. Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen write in An Inconvenient Apocalypse that for a livable future, along with creating new political and economic systems, we’d do well to phase out our current association of a good life with industrialized materialism, and instead cultivate a ‘creaturely’ worldview.
Paul placed his deathbed by the front window of his home so that as he lay dying he could happily visit passing friends and neighbors, and prolong his farewell party.
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