Since the inception of our species, we have belonged to a far greater purpose.
Our ancestors purpose was guarding the perimeter from danger to protect one’s tribe, hunting and foraging to feed one’s tribe, building, tool making and weapon making to shelter and shield one’s tribe, caretaking and love making to nurture, to nourish and to grow one’s tribe, there was purpose in teaching and in tradition, and in play, that cultivate traditions and deepen social bonds.
That kind of purpose, support, care and attention decided whether people would live or die.
We still need that kind of bonding to be happy and healthy today. Start by simply spending focused, present time with loved ones and friends, we’ve always needed each other and we still do!
WHY IS BONDING IMPORTANT IN THE MODERN WORLD?
In ancient tribes, we believed and we belonged.
We believed and belonged to each other, we belonged with such connection and purpose that we clearly knew our roles and goals as individuals and we knew exactly where we fit in, we knew our place in the tribe and thus knew our place in the world.
In the modern world, most people don’t know their place in their own homes. We don’t really need to band together and fight or struggle - save for natural disasters, war, or attacks - because Uncle Sam has done that for us. We enjoy the illusion of protection and we enjoy the illusion of support and community. This set-up allows us to exist but certainly not thrive. This leaves us devoid of that primal purpose, a purpose our big brains expect to heal and be healthy.
If you want strength, health and happiness, you have to create your own purpose, you have to be part of something bigger and you have to identify a shared belief and you have to foster a culture of belonging with others. When you foster purpose and belonging, you develop a sense of community where everyone is needed and that everyone is important. Fulfilling the primal need for bonding awakens the old spirit within.
WHAT ABOUT BONDING WITH ANIMALS?
The bond between dogs and sapiens is ancient, enduring and it feels better than a warm blanket on a cold morning.
Our connection to canines runs so deep it’s embedded in our genes.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BONDING?
The power of the tribe is profound. Bonding gives us a sense of direction and meaning in our lives. When we have meaning, we can endure nearly any stress.
Start with yourself, bond with your true nature and spread like wildfire throughout your inner circle, your community and everyone you come into contact with.
We have so much value to advance in the world, but only when we work together. As a species, we thrive when we work together and can accomplish great things. Get to work!
DO YOU BELIEVE IN A HIGHER POWER?
A lot of people ask me about my beliefs or religious affiliation. This is what I believe; I believe that we are all of one peoples, I believe that we, and our animal brethren, breathe from the same air, that we drink from the same body of water, that we share the same life-giving sun and forces that nourish our strikingly similar DNA. I believe that my fellow man is my brother and that my fellow woman is my sister. I believe that it’s in our ability to deeply love, bond, nurture and share the success of the hunt that we have become the very humans that we are today — I believe that all of this is possible because of a greater, higher power.