Watch herds of elk emerge from the tree line,
ignore your presence,
and drink from glassy watered lakes.
Walk side by side with raccoons, dear,
and animals you won’t know are there.
Stand face to face with bears, big, man-eating bears.
Let them chase you back to civilization.
Read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo.
Search for your own personal treasure.
Stand on rock cliffs, 100 feet above the ground,
which will be the only thing between you and bodily harm,
then turn, and keep climbing upward.
Spend nights in the wilderness, alone,
with no food, water, or means to heat your body.
While you’re sleeping, back against a redwood tree,
bottom on a rock, listen to the wind as it rustles
the branches above your head.
Those same branches, the wind, the rock,
the redwood tree, they all tell secrets.
My advice is that you listen.