Rainier Maria Rilke is one of my favorite poets. He writes in “Letters to a Young Poet” :
I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Live the questions now.
I have had many questions in my heart. I have felt a calling to Nature ever since I was a child, playing amongst the pine trees and within them barefooted.
I feel this conflict between modern civilization and Nature. I wish to be more Native. I wish to be more wild. I wish to let Nature be more wild. This is my question:
How do I initiate wildness in Nature and in myself?
I encourage you to live a question and write it down. Put it somewhere you can see it often. Love the question because it is what you live for.
Here is some poetry where I love and live my question:
Here is a poem that I wrote (when I was between jobs) where I express my limitations to running free on the land–
I hope to give us all inspiration to live our questions and to awaken with this last poem:
Indigo Gilmore grew up in a midwestern prairie. She has taught environmentalism to children and adults and has been an environmental and human rights activist for years. Today, she uses her creativity to bring Nature Connection and Justice ideals to the surface of others' minds. Her favorite forms of artistic Nature relief are poetry, painting, and dance.