I think this term means something different for each person. Some people probably hear the word “rewilding” and think of people taking their clothes off, taking a walk through the woods, and holding a bow with arrows. I like to think of the ReWilding Journey to be one step at a time. We can all do our best with whatever we have. Clarissa Pinkola Estes describes it wonderfully in her book Women Who Run With the Wolves.
A friend wrote this quote to me recently from this book:
“So, the word wild here is not used in its modern pejorative sense, meaning out of control, but in its original sense, which means to live a natural life, one in which the criatura, creature, has innate integrity and healthy boundaries. These words, wild and woman, cause women to remember who they are and what they are about. They create a metaphor to describe the force which funds all females. They personify a force that women cannot live without.”
- Women Who Run With the Wolves (by Clarissa Pinkola Estes)
As I am embarking/experiencing this journey myself, I know more meaning will come to the life behind it all. Rewilding is currently an experience that my family is embracing day in and day out. I have a one and a half year old son who’s name is Wilder Sage. His name is even an inspiration to celebrate more “Wildness” in our lives. His middle name is of course inspired by the medicinal/spiritual herb “sage”, but also one who is an elder or spiritual teacher.
More to come soon…