After several years on this journey, I am synthesizing new concepts and vaporous thoughts into some kind of Paleo-lite for myself. Something that works, feels gentle, feels healing, feels easy, calm even weird and funny at times. My Paleo ain't Your Paleo but we probably have similar thoughts on Real Food, Sleep, Play, Touch, Attitude.
One thing that I'm increasingly noticing is the difference between organic and electronic sound. Nights when I walk the river, I hear the call of owl and goose, the rustle of a coyote's stiff fur against the sage. I find that my body responds in intuitive ways when I hear these natural sounds. My breathing deepens, I can feel the spot in my forehead that houses what they call the Third Eye, and I am alive, so damn alive, on edge, with my body expanding to reach the the boundary of the coyote's territory, the bunch of sweetgrass that marks the owl's nest. I am more than Me when I hear nature. I am a piece of the Universe in an animal suit.
So I've been thinking about the senses we neglect when we Think Paleo.
We have Taste down, don't we? Meat, fat, the Great Umami Way, with a splash of bitter and sweet and sour.
We have Touch down, too, in some ways, with Sex and Hugs and our interaction with other beings of all species. As Dragonfly reminded me on my question on Touch, a dog's deep loyalty and love can heal and protect us.
In small ways we talk about sight, but usually, perhaps only, as pertains to sunlight and our natural sleep cycles.
But what about Sound, Smell, and greater issues of Sight?
I've had my most satisfying sexual encounters when it's with a lover who smells like a human, not like a corporate body wash. I've attracted more lovers through my own natural scent.
I've opened my mind and heart to more our Mother Earth's beauty through listening to her cries and outbursts, to the warble of the blue heron that sometimes lands in my backyard pond, to the desperate rut of feral cat, to the scurrying scratch of centipede along sun-baked rock lining my yard. I am just another link in a food chain.
And my body aches with something I can't identify when I watch the orange fire of my New Mexican sunrise, when I stare at the fractal pattern of a bunch of Spring's fragrant lilac.
I am a body and an awareness, and they are one and the same, the same animal, the same cosmic entity. I am not a Food Pyramid, an edible plate of goodies disconnected from what I can hear, smell, touch, see, experience in ways beyond the combination of my body's obvious pathways.
What say you? In what ways do you seek out the "paleo," the natural - beyond the Food - in your life?
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on April 15, 2012
at 09:20 PM
I personally have noticed after a year of Paleo that I am more willingfully violent, quicker to fly off the handle and always the first to suggest a fist fight or a good old wrestling match to settle disputes (conflict resolution) between men.
Perhaps its simply a case of optimized hormones? Perhaps I was always this way yet my screwed up pgut was always filled with butterflys. In either case I am sure thats not what many people here want to read as an effect of a Paleo diet, yet by denying it is ignoring a human history where 33% of all Paleolithic males died as a result of homicide.
Sorry for following such an elegant post about smells, flowers and Lilacs with ideas of violence.
on April 15, 2012
at 09:17 PM
I also totally feel like this when I watch Cheech & Chong flicks.
on April 16, 2012
at 11:15 AM
Wonderful question, beautifully phrased. I feel similar changes in myself.
I never used to notice as a room got stuffy, now i cant abide not having open doors and windows to the outside.
I have less of an aversion to bugs and crawlies. will happily no pick most up to feed to the lizard. I cant remember the last time i used an insect spray, and almost feel queasy at the thought.
The smell of my girlfriends hair after she has shampooed, conditioned, blown and straightened it seems chemical and harsh. Yet i love the smell of her skin and hair before she showers. I use to love a nosefull of clean florally hair.
I now feel calmer outside, as if my eyes are shackled by a ceiling a metre above my head and are now set free by a horizon or a full sky.
As for hearing, cant really say. i have gotten more into glitch hop and dubstep since going paleo, but i dont think it counts.
It is so easy to get drawn into exclusively thinking about nutrition, but i love the more holistic ideas advocated by sisson, about playing and relaxing. its not the food, it is a better human lifestyle.
on April 15, 2012
at 11:02 PM
Most likely as a result of paleo you have chosen to become more spiritual and quiet all of the noise of every day life so you are able to hear and feel these things more in nature. This is perhaps a choice because of the paleo lifestyle not a result of dietary changes. This would explain why you feel this way while others may not. Many people have similar feelings by just meditating or becoming more spiritual, and by living a more simple life.
As a child I felt very connected to nature, but as I got older all of the noise of life has made it difficult to "hear" or "sense" if you will the subtle vibrations of nature. I remember just after my first son was born it was the first time in a while I felt that noise quiet. I felt so much peace and was happy listening to the sound of the wind outside my window. Perhaps this was just a big dose of Oxytocin and prolactin from breast feeding.
On the other hand, there is recent scientific research that there is a chemical called DMT or Dimethyltryptamine that is a natural psychedelic produced in plants and animals including in the human brain. Some scientists suggest that this is a possible connection we have to plants as a built in communication system.
Perhaps there is some chemical connection that is giving you this peaceful feeling and living a cleaner lifestyle has allowed your body to release these "feel good" chemicals naturally. Again DMT may be a possibility as it is also released during meditation and other types of spiritual experiences, even near death experiences.