Day 117 - Wilderness Therapy

I rose with the sun still hiding behind adjacent peaks. 

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And prepared my coffee as I awaited its arrival. 

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To wake up in the woods is a rare treat in my "normal" life.

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I'm often so engaged in the busyness of life that whole seasons pass without wilderness immersion.

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Flowers rise and fall without much notice as I partake in the daily commute, something always on my mind. 

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Often eating breakfast while driving with my knees, usually a red traffic light or two away from being "late" for "work."

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I've spent entire years, in one case half a decade, doing things I might not otherwise do if it weren't for the "money" I was offered in exchange. 

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Sunday evenings were once the loneliest time of the week, dreading the onset of another week in my tidy cubicle.

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I talked all day while feeling like I didn't have a voice, and soothed my frustrations at night and on weekends by singing my stories at loud volumes.

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By the time I reached 27, I felt desperate for a change in my life.

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I yearned for authentic connection and a harmonization between my mind, body, spirit, and the world in which I dwelt yet felt very unsure of.

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I went for a long road trip and shared my now softening songs, and began to discover strength in vulnerability.

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I found a job working in the wilderness, guiding adjudicated youth closer to the light as they to me did the same. 

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I followed a courageous impulse and moved to Asheville, where my heart slowly broke open and love started setting me free.

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I unraveled the resentments in my mind and found forgiveness in my heart while walking thru the Appalachian Mountains.

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And found a loving church community that I helped lead in song, where I experienced loving acceptance and appreciation in ways previously unknown.

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I've got much left to learn and work yet to do, and feel forever grateful for the wilderness and the healing effect it has had on me. 

And I'm so glad I can share a part of it with you. 

<3 Will

P.S. Here are some videos I took today: