We have been indoctrinated into an ideology of modernity, and civility that claims that we are far better off than our brutish primitive ancestors. In order to be victors of these claims we are sold a narrative to hustle, to compete, to win at all costs, to conquer and take ownership of everything on this planet-because we have been told we are the superior intelligence. Everything, and everywhere we look, from what we are told to buy to make us happy, to the most popular sports we play and watch, is designed to bolster the above claims.

As such, most…


Walking down the busy city streets, I blend in among the crowd. I am about to give a presentation to an important group of people, and while my nervous system is engaging for the upcoming stressful event, with heart rate increasing, palms sweaty, and dry mouth, I have a secret weapon — I have the inner tools to bring myself back to calm. The presentation went extremely well, and I am off to the airport to catch my flight to my next destination.

Landing at Manchester airport, I am met with chaos. A volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland has…


We often take words for granted. However, on closer inspection there meaning, especial there ‘root’ history can have profound influence in how we understand those words. For example, the word ‘human’ comes from the Latin word ‘humus,’ meaning earth or ground, whilst ‘animal,’ is based on Latin animalis ‘having breath’ from anima ‘breath.’ The human animal then, is one that emerges from the earth, breathed into life.

We are therefore not separate from all other life on this planet. We are just another version of animal that occupies the same home. We are as activist and actor Ian Somerhalder suggests…


“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing

And right-doing there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass

The world is too full to talk about”

― Rumi

Deep inside all of us resides what I call our natural rhythm, a healing rhythm that most of us have forgotten exists. We spend so much of our lives living outside of ourselves, that we have become disconnected from this natural rhythm.

What is it?

Silence!

We are so afraid of being fully alone with ourselves that we fill our lives with endless distractions and activities, searching…


I was 5-years old when the bullying started. In those days you were able to go straight into junior primary school in South Africa. But my Mother thought it best that I did at least one year at pre-school before heading to ‘big school’. I think she also felt I need the socialisation, because up until that point I had been staying at home with my grandmother while my mother went off to work. In reflection, I also realize now that things were financially tough, so my Grandmother had no choice but to find a part-time job herself.

Bullying

I am…


I believe the question we all should be asking ourselves: Is the modern world working for us? All around me, all I see are mostly unhappy people. My own answer to the above question is: mostly No!

People seem to always be sacrificing the present, and working for tomorrow. We have been told there’s dignity in having a job, in working, even if that work is meaningless. At least it’s a job right, well that’s the thinking. To add insult to injury for most people in the West, the attitude is that you don’t deserve to eat, that you are…


As I have continued to learn life’s lessons, matured, and dared to return to my authentic self, the Rodney before the trauma — I have finally settled into how I want to experience life. The {Instinct Code} is the culmination of my life’s quest seeking peace and fulfilment and is now offered as a Retreat multiple times a year, at Tree Roots Retreat in Rayong Thailand.

The development of the {Instinct Code} program was inspired by two primary questions. Firstly, the fact that we undeniably live better lives than our grandparents on average, yet, in our relative excess, why do…


I spent several years as a social scientist researching the role mindfulness plays in the moment of leadership performance. Mindfulness has now become the ‘in thing’ with it being touted as aiding in everything from enhancing relationships, improving attention, helping a person manage their stress, aiding people in dealing with physical pain, to improving mental health, and the list goes on. The truth is, that at times both journalists and even scientists (who we could argue should know better) have overstated the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness. …


As adults we seldom find ourselves barefoot in nature. Shoes are no longer simply used for utility, but now a fashion statement to be worn everywhere and to be shown off. As a result, most of us can’t walk very far barefoot before it begins to hurt. In other words our feet have become accustomed to being locked up inside a silent padded cushioned room.

This insanity continues to our children, where often their feet are constantly locked up in shoe jail. It’s sad to see so many kids not being allowed to immerse in the simple joy of splashing…


The official definition of a ‘Tree Hugger’ is that of an environmental campaigner and the practice of embracing a tree in an attempt to prevent it from being felled. But more generally it is often used as a derogatory slang term to ridicule anyone who seeks fulfillment outside of the modern, civilized world. You know, those Hippies!

Well, I will confess I am an unashamed Hippie in the making. But before I get to why we have the whole ‘Tree Hugging’ idea completely wrong, I want to briefly tell you how I got to hugging trees myself. …

Dr Rodney King

PhD = Mindfulness-in-ACTION | Ecopsychology Practitioner | Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt | Host of The Art of Self-Reliance Show

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