By Jen Frey; A review of Rewild Yourself, Becoming Nature, by Rachel Corby
There is a growing movement, which ONE supports, towards reawakening that ancient part of ourselves and re-membering our connection to the Earth and ALL her Beings. As more people are doing this, we are discovering the incredible benefits: physiologically, psychologically, and spiritually. There are many names for this awakening, some call it Rewilding”.
In her recent book, ReWild Yourself: Becoming Nature, Rachel Corby demonstrates how to reconnect with Nature, which is in essence reconnecting with ourselves.
What exactly is rewilding?
“Rewilding is about breaking out of our civilised mould and saying no more. It is about laying face down on the Earth, arms and legs spread in a full body hug, full contact with Earth, to reclaim it as part of yourself. It is about falling in love ever more deeply with every part of yourself, from the microbes in the soil, to the great oaks, to the stardust we are made from... Rewilding is about connecting with the child within that wants to get dirty and play in the mud, splash in puddles and chase butterflies. It is about re-opening your eyes to the wonder in the world. The wonder and beauty in the ordinary, the everyday nature that surrounds you. Even in urban landscapes there are ants and trees, weeds, and foxes. Wildness is a missing part of each one of us and without it we suffer.” (Corby, 19)
This beautiful book is inspiring for both those contemplating dipping their toe into the Wild as well as those who have handed their Hearts to Nature, who have become Wild. Rachel Corby suggests ways to connect with the Wild no matter where you are. She writes with honesty and asks her readers to look at their own life with such honesty, to see where they are domesticated, where they are fearful, where they are disconnected.
ReWild Yourself: Becoming Nature deserves a spot on the nightstand for inspiration, to act as a daily reminder that we are a part of Nature. For as Rachel Corby writes, “Never underestimate the call of the wild and our ability to heed that call.” (p.198)