“The soul is like a wild animal — tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient, and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek.”
– Parker Palmer


Inside of you is a wild animal. A wild animal is not, by default, violent or vicious. She is unpredictable, mysterious, earthy. Her body gently holds her. Her body fiercely molds her spirit as she lives each challenging day.

Your soul is like a wild animal.

Perhaps, for you, your body is a forest and your soul lives somewhere inside. The forest has a history and a feeling. Your wild soul lives here, difficult to locate, but undeniable. This is as it should be. You are not a puppy. You are a fox. You are a wild horse. Your strength is yours. Your body and soul are yours.

How do you coax a wild animal into view?

Pique its curiosity.


Through thoughtful sounds, movements, smells, and patience – a wild animal will be intrigued enough to emerge and be seen…and to see. When she feels a combination of safety and curiosity, when her senses are piqued, she will come out to play.

If we are brave and patient enough, we can nurture the wild, loving soul in us.


Is there an activity you do where you allow your soul to emerge without force or coercion?

Do you make space to coax and allure her until she lets down her guard and follows her own curiosity?

It could be Yoga, Sex, Painting, Running, Writing. When do you allow yourself to be and play without needing to perform? You need this. We all need this.


Your soul is like a wild animal.


Start alluring and intriguing your soul into view instead of commanding her to come. The experience will be entirely different than the on-demand life we are accustomed to. There will be a spark and a beauty and a respect we’ve maybe been missing. You will feel more connected to your body and more sure of your abilities and worth. It only takes a few minutes a day. 


Try this: For 10 minutes. Read that Parker Palmer quote again and then just sit – Straight up and breathing deep. Be aware of your goodness and your connection to the Creator of the universe. Know you are as loved while sitting still as when you are working hard. As Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Contemplate Your Existence.”  Pique your curiosity.