Meet Your Wildness
An immediate, powerful way to awaken self-compassion is to make contact with something wild and unconditioned; something not made by human minds and hands. This could be a plant that grows in the earth uncultivated - a blade of grass, a tree, a flower. Or you might stare at the sky and watch the clouds, or visit the ocean, or notice the shapes of shadows.
Last year, I wrote a blog post about Anne Frank's Chestnut tree. Coming into relationship with that tree and the sky beyond it seemed to give Anne strength and resilience, and to remind her of her connection to something much vaster than her extremely challenging circumstances. Learning about her experience helped me to remember that we all have access to wildness, no matter where we are.
When you're stuck in self-judgment, it can be hard to remember that you have a trustworthy wildness about you. Self-judgment is an expression of the conditioned mind, and it's a kind of trance. When you knowingly make contact with something wild, you have the opportunity to break that trance, and to come home to your timeless true nature. See what happens when you consciously give your attention to something thatâ€™s unconditioned. Even five minutes of staring at the sky can shift your perspective and help remind you of who you truly are and what you belong to.