Day 4 - Safety Third
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Journal Entry - Elephant, Buffalo, Bushbuck, Nyala, Giraffe, Rhino, Monkey
Status Report - Very damp with plenty of spiders weaving their webs around camp. I wonder if they are weaving me in? What order of emergent order weaves webs through spiders?

Today I will run through the bush like people have always done. There are tricks to running in the African bush.
Its good to run when its how and animals are less active. There are three phases to being safe when running in the wilderness.

  • Phase 1: Mindset and awareness you live in that is forward thinking, route planning, route assessment, knowing the terrain, local knowledge
  • Phase 2: How you handle the dangerous situation
  • Phase 3: The safety itself as a result of the first two phases.

I think of the idea that we live inside the mind of God?
Safety in the wilderness, has been a place where I have practiced mindfulness for years without knowing it. Slow deliberate awareness.
The highest form of martial arts if the avoidance of conflict and in this way animals are black belt.
Returning to camp means that I have to keep my presence and awareness up. Safety is a mindset. We need to find out how to go beyond safe spaces with more awareness.
The wild has a way and I need to transfer this into other parts of my life. Not needing to be safe but willing to go with open alertness and guidance where life happens safely.

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