Congratulations! You just inherited a zoo from your now deceased, long-lost uncle Frank. It is now your job to take care of the most popular animal at the zoo: the monkeys. “I don’t know anything about taking care of monkeys!” you say to yourself. “I don’t know anything about what they should eat, how they live, and what keeps them healthy!”
After some more fretting and worrying you realize something. “Aha!” you exclaim! “I can simply feed them what they normally eat in nature. I can recreate their natural environment, and I can have them live in small social groups, too!
You realize that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel! You only need to allow the monkeys to LIVE NATURALLY, which is another way of saying, LIVE IN ALIGNMENT WITH THEIR DNA.
If the monkeys are living in alignment with their DNA, they will be happy and healthy. In contrast, if the monkeys are not allowed to live in alignment with their DNA, they will become emotionally and physically sick and imbalanced.
The same is true with any organism, including humans! If we as humans live in accordance with our DNA we will be healthy, happy and balanced. Our society, in contrast, can often times look like a zoo of sick monkeys. So we as a species must ask ourselves “How does our DNA tell us to live, and how can we restore our true essence?” And we can best answer this question by looking at humans from a anthropology/biology perspective.
For the large majority of human history, humans have lived in small familial communities where we played, danced, told stories, ran, hunted, gathered plants for food and medicine, made things with our hands, lived physical lives, cooked food over fire, played with dogs, created ceremony and most importantly, lived a life with a deep connection to Nature.
Our DNA tells us to do these things but sadly, most of our lives don’t look like that list. We might not be able to live our lives exactly like our ancestors, but we can try and change aspects of our lives in order to bring about our maximum health and vitality. Perhaps we can’t quit our jobs, but maybe we get outside during our free time a bit more. Perhaps we can’t eat only wild, locally grown foods, but maybe we try our hand at gardening or hunting. Little steps toward the Earth and our DNA go a big way!
This process of taking steps back in order to better align with our DNA is called ReWilding.
ReWilding is about restoring our relationship to the natural world and reclaiming our lost ancestral skills. Through deepening our connection to Nature and our roots, we will find more happiness, fulfillment and vitality.
Perhaps one day we can be those relaxed, happy monkeys living in harmony with the Earth again. Until then, keep ReWilding!
Feel free to visit HolisticSurvivalSchool.com to learn more about ReWilding our wild ancestry and ancestral skills.
Luke McLaughlin is a teacher, mentor, ReWilder, survivalist, naturalist, and founder of Holistic Survival School located outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has committed his life to mastering and teaching indigenous living skills in order to help people find their balance and connection to the Natural World. For the last 3 years, Luke has mentored hundreds of people in the wilderness and has witnessed first hand how nature connection helps bring about growth health, and vitality to everyone’s life.