I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in (John Muir)
From Becoming Animal, by David Abrams, which I continue to sift through as I work in the studio:
… our surmises regarding the subtle function of neural processes within the brain are profoundly constrained by the fact that the brain did not evolve in order to understand itself.
The complex organization of the brain evolved as a consequence of our sensorial and muscled engagement with the complex, dangerous and ever-shifting landscapes that surround us. The brain has thus a natural proclivity to help us orient and interact with those enigmatic surroundings…
… in a palpable sense, we are born of this planet, our attentive bodies co-evolved in rich and intimate rapport with the other bodily forms – animals, plants, mountains, rivers – that compose the shifting flesh of the breathing world.
Whenever we attempt to focus the thinking brain back on itself – upon its own neural structure and functioning, or upon other dimensions similarly hidden from our common experience, whether subatomic or cosmological – it can not help but bring those predispositions to bear, anticipating gravity and ground, and sky where they are not necessarily to be found … yielding an image of things profoundly informed by our animal body and its accustomed habitats. p.78,79