Re-Learning Our Instincts from the Wild
There was an incident on the lands of Savuti Desert (Southern
Africa) where a lion cub was seen to mock-attack a honey badger. Honey badgers
are fearless and known to attack lions, so when it turned to meet the lion cub
directly, the cub stopped in its tracks. Nearby, the pride of females (lioness)
caught this and came surrounding the badger.
The badger didn’t faze and went for each lioness. One by one, the lioness
bailed due to this animal’s ferocity, and created an opening for this badger to
leave – which it finally did. This was a very disturbing and stressful experience for
the pride of lioness.
This is where earth offers us her wisdom – after the honey badger left, so
distressed the lioness were, that they came together. They greeted each other in
the way they do – licking, nuzzling, head rubbing; their version of comfort and
connection. They then rested for a few hours to recover before moving on again.
When a stressful event hits us, we bypass this very basic instinct for comfort and
rest as part of our recovery. For most of us, we push on with the next task to
cross, or perhaps problem to solve. As a result, our internal ‘systems’ are
impacted – our perspective, clarity, stability, capacity for connection, muscle
repair, cell regeneration, immune system. We are the most sophisticated of all
mammals; connection and rest make a difference to the way we recover.
Why is any of this important: How we recover from stressful spikes determines if
our relationship around the subject(s) grow into rupture or repair. Lions, unlike us,
do not carry on with business as usual or push on with the next task. They follow
their instincts for recovery and as a result -thrive.
Food For Thought
What do you consider as a stressful spike?
What do you currently do after experiencing one?
Would you consider reaching out for comfort and connection the next time you
Would you consider bringing restfulness to your body and nervous system?
Do track the changes you feel afterwards – this could be big or small.