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Balancing Logos and Anima

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On the side of an abandoned railroad line on the prairies

There are a lot of different animals that find their way into the path of my camera lens such as this little fellow.  I would have to say that I am fairly lucky when it comes to having wild animals pose for me as I wander through nature.  It is as though they recognize that I am no danger to them.

The animals we meet in life are connected to us.  Obviously we share the same environment, the same spaces.  As we reduce the habitat for the wild side of the world, we become poorer, even unhealthier.  Modern man often forgets his roots in nature, his connection to the earth through the body and through the soul.  Modern man races toward a future that is all about logos, about what the mind can do.  And, in the process of laying claim to the world through the exercise of his mind, his soul withers and retreats into darkness.

And like a cornered animal, the soul will bite back when pressed into the darkness far enough.  We now call it midlife crisis.  Some call it a nervous breakdown or burnout.  Call it what we will, it is about the animal rebelling against logos and demanding balance.  And, balance is everything.


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  1. Perfect adorable picture Robert with additional words.
    The ground squirrel or prairie dog (?) seems to tell me how rich I am to be aware of the Present.

    Opa Bear

    July 20, 2011 at 4:19 am

    • Yes, animals have much to tell us about the present and being present. As well, they point us, guide us to a deeper, holistic awareness.


      July 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  2. Balance seems to be the keyword over and over in Jungian psychology. I suppose if this was “You Bet Your Life” it would be the secret word.


    July 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    • Yes, Urspo – it’s all about balance: inner and outer; masculine and feminine, consciousness and the unconscious, logos and eros; and the list seems endless. 🙂


      July 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

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