This section of the website contains quotes that inspire me. It
includes examples I have come across that describe people living in traditional,
self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyles as being
extremely happy, contented people.
First example: What It Is To Be Human.
New page added 1 May 2009: The Psychology of Gardening.
New page added 19 January 2008: Jesus.
New page added 13 December 2007: The Man
Who Planted Trees.
New page added 13 September 2006: Ancient Futures
- Learning From Ladakh.
New page added 25 May
New page added 24 May 2006: Living on the Edge.
There are not many people left that I know who live
a life based purely on following a Sacred path. Most of them are
monks of some kind. They have taken various vows of poverty, celibacy,
and religious discipline, but precious few of them are simply common
people living the way of their ancestors. I remember hearing stories
of Stalking Wolf and the simple way
in which he conducted his life. Few were his posessions, few were
his cares. He lived free and simple. Close to the earth and to the
source of all life itself. Tom, my own mentor, shared these values
with me as well. He was always lean and mean, with only a small bag
and blanket whenever we hit the Pine Barrens. I learned to value
simplicity. I yearned, and still do, for a simple life close to Mother
Earth. Ingwe, too, cherishes a simple life close to the riches of
Mother Earth. All he ever needed as he traveled was a bedroll and
his hunting weapon as he explored the wilds of Kenya.
Jon Young, Kamana Two Nature Awareness
Gilbert Walking Bull speaks of the importance of gaining
comfort with the sacred silence of nature. It is vital that we take
the time to be alone in nature and to practice the attitude of quietness,
of listening, of solitude. The human mind in the modern world tries
to nourish itself from creations of thought and philosophy that are
far removed from the natural processes that influence all the Earth's
inhabitants. When our senses take in nature from our time alone,
from our listening, from our observing birds, plants and animals,
we build within our brains positive resources that nourish from the
positive and Sacred powers of creation. This is the root and core
of what it means for us to find health and happiness by living for
this day, for the hope of good days to come.
This elder owns little more than his clothes and
his sacred items. Yet, he wants for nothing. Gilbert's lifestyle,
simple and close to the Earth that he loves, continues to be a role
model for all of us.
Jon Young, Kamana Two Nature Awareness
the book What It Is To Be Human, republished
"Original Wisdom", by Robert
I need a soul revival
I'm learning the art of survival
Gonna break these chains
The shackles you put on me
Mark Lizotte, "Soul Revival".
I can spend six weeks, or less, with an individual
and teach him or her how to live WELL in the out of doors, including
how to obtain subsistence to live.
John McPherson, Naked Into the Wilderness, p103.
The ancient caves and campfires of our pasts call
to us from within. Primitive technology is our inheritance. It is
a shared thread that links us to our prehistory and binds us all
together as human beings.
Steve Watts, President of the Society of Primitive Technology.
The introduction to the book "The Search" by Tom Brown
Jr can be read here. Tom Brown is the
founder of what is probably the world's largest and most well known
and wilderness skills school (North American). His own teacher
was an Apache scout, Grandfather Stalking
The Contented Man
Some comments about happiness in our culture
are to be read here.
In a very basic way, nature observation is the most
important of the survival skills. A survivalist cannot build a fire
without knowing where to find the nesessary materials. He cannot
travel safely in a wilderness environment without being alert to
the constant changes around him. And he cannot find sustenance without
an appreciation for the plant and animal life that dewll in a given
area. In the widest sense, nature observation is the basis of all
enjoyment and well-being in the outdoors... You feel more fully the
joy of living. You hear the voices modern man misses—not just
the voices that speak to the five senses, but the universal voice
that speaks to the heart.
Tom Brown Jr, Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking.
The world situation today is just the natural outcome
of evolution, and what humanity sees as disaster is in fact its fleeting
moment of chance. Contrary to what humanity believes, all is
not lost, for there is every reason to hope—indeed there is
now more reason to hope than ever before....... It is precisely within
this grim state of affairs that lies man's hope for a bright new
Theun Mares, Cry of the Eagle, p16-17.
Let us decide to take heart and courage, for never
before in the history of life upon Earth have the stakes been so
high, and never before has the opportunity for humanity been so awesome.
Theun Mares, Cry of the Eagle, p20.
See also the second part of the Why learn survival
Many more quotes to be added later.....
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