Self Wilding: Heart of substance for wellness

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Last modified Septemeber 25, 2017

Finding (great things) real purpose, rejuvenation, and a better world is a natural desire. Part of this is our want of wellness. Consider the nature within and the nature around us as the heart of substance that supports this wellness.

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I decided to create this site with a view to wellness through wildness.

I’ve coined reconnecting to this wildness, Self Wilding.

Self Wilding

Self Wilding is about nurturing and creating conscious habits and a mindset that you need for your wellness.

It is not about living barefoot and free in the woods (though, that would be liberating). Nor is it about the brash reckless kind of wildness.

Rather, it’s about discovering ‘self’ and ‘the wild’ within and around you. This is the nature within and the nature around.

The nature within

This is your true Self, free of others’ perceptions, personas, and the ego.


It requires introspection and self-awareness and learning to trust your intuition.

It is about tuning into your purpose, values, visions, motivations, goals, and beliefs.

It’s about developing your intuition and feeling your connection with all other substance on this planet.

   “Our DNA not only connects us to every plant and animal alive today, but to every single thing that has ever lived” ~ Brian Cox, Physicist.

Self is at the Heart of Substance you present to the world

Self within layers of ego, persona, and others’ perceptionsadapted from the art of being yourself by Caroline McHugh

Nature around

This is the natural world.

Alienating the self from the natural world has wellness costs.

Consider the oxygen we breathe, the ambient temperatures we function well in, the vitamins and minerals our bodies need, and much more.

I wonder, could we happily depend on artificial means for these human requirements? Perhaps. But, can you imagine that world? For me, it’s a depraved one. A sterile one. One I don’t wish to ever need to depend on.

But, can you imagine a world without nature? For me, it’s a depraved one. A sterile one. One I couldn’t wish to ever depend on.

When we connect with nature we feel better.

According to science, natural aromas (phytoncides) help in reducing blood pressure and boosts immune functioning.

As well, the negative air ions in nature found around moving water, mountainous areas, and forests, help in serotonin production.

And, that strengthens our resilience to everyday stress.

The nature around us provides a nature dose of happy chemicals.


Self Wilding is about finding balance in a topsy-turvy world

Even in fairy tales, balance reigns supreme.

Remember Goldilocks, who found mommy and daddy bear’s porridges were either too hot or too cold, but baby bear’s was just right.

You get my point.

How does this relate to real life?

Too much of a busy lifestyle leads to stress and way too less to boredom.

Over-exercising zaps our energy as does too little.

Balance is the key for wellness.

What I love about this site:

  • combines nurturing and nature
  • has inspirational leads
  • the scientific findings
  • the tools, simple tips and tricks to living

Regarding the topics: Apart from Self Wilding, you’ve heard You are what you eat, consider…you are what you see, feel, touch, and hear as well — we cover that – and we cover the use of visualization and serving your intuitive self. We include what’s said in scientific literature and links to useful sites, books, and videos.

If you find sections that need fixing on our site, let me know. We’ve done our best for now, but realize there may be some glitches and bugs that need our attention.

Contact us anyway, we’d love to hear from you!

Related:  Meditation for Wellness Within (+ free guide); You want to connect with the Wild: Here are 8 Magic ways; and 5 Good Habits to Do Daily to Stay Tuned. 

Mary-Anne J.

About Mary-Anne J.

Hi, I'm Mary-Anne. Welcome to my site about 'wellness through wildness'. Wildness is not just about nature, it's about being free to be who you need to be for your wellness. I believe that connecting with the wild is the simplest and most in tune way to achieve and maintain wellness. It's not only the wild outside that counts but the wild within that needs acknowledging. That's where this mindset begins.

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  1. AnthonyV says:

    I’d like to know more about the personal layers of ego that are the outer bounds of our true selves. A question would be – how do we know when we are succumbing to our dominant ego rather than connecting with our true selves. Are there benifits to the other personas that naturally exist described by Caroline McHugh. Regards anthony

    • Mary-Anne J. at Heart of Substance says:

      Hi AnthonyV, Thanks for your comment. This is my take on ego (Note that there are many versions of the Ego). To me, the ego is the You that presents to the physical world and works at protecting You on that plane. Ego is what you think you are. The Ego supports You against the rest of the world. It’s all about You. Thus, often it comes from a place of competition, whereas the true Self (we’ll call that your spirit) comes from a place of connection. A connection to a higher consciousness. It’s about Us, the universe. To know whether your ego dominates, check your intentions. Are they all about You or more so about the greater good. Your true Self will know. Regarding personas, they benefit us in forming relationships with others. It is natural. Persona is what you would like everyone to think of you. Only that, when misaligned with the true Self, a false presentation of You will likely cause you internal turmoil.

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