My rewilding process has undergone a shift. It’s begun to dawn on me that it hurts me to keep on rejecting elements of the culture I grew up with and live within. Each rejection–tv, certain foods, rules/ideas, parenting style, schooling, etc–leaves a gaping hole where it fulfilled a need. This culture meets those needs in unfulfilling and even damaging ways (and often creates needs that don’t really exist), thus I and many others who rewild reject them. But what a negative focus!
I don’t want to keep falling in that hole! I also want to reject the guilt and shame I’ve learned to feel from this culture, and the emptiness that comes from falling in that hole.
Maybe the creation of new culture can overlap and jump the gun on rejection. Maybe sometimes replacing the things that don’t work needs to come before giving them the ax.
I would love to hear examples of how this has played out in all of your lives as you rewild.