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September 9, 2010 / alunatunes

How to Start a Fire


Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. -Buddha

Discovery Channel’s programming is intriguing. Not being much of a TV person, I choose programming carefully. A really fun and educational watch this summer has been Dual Survival. Two survival experts are dropped into scenarios where they must conquer the elements and be rescued in a short amount of time. The two survivalists could not be more different.

Cody Lundin is a minimalist and aboriginal skills expert who has gone barefoot in all manner of weather for over 20 years. He lives with mother nature. Dave Canterbury is a career military man, a former sniper and army instructor. He wears boots and carries weapons. He believes in conquering mother nature. The two make an entertaining juxtaposition as they navigate being soaked, shipwrecked, split up and marooned. They definitely have different ideas about survival. Cody is going to eat some berries and fruit. Dave wants to kill something.

One of the most important survival strategies is the creation of fire. Cody and Dave do agree on this point. Fire is essential. One of the first elements of survival is to start a fire for warmth, to keep bugs and wild animals at bay, to cook and purify water.

In the pure sense of the word or as a metaphor for hope, ambition and inspiration, fire is an elemental part of human life.  Fire in the night lights our way. The fire of stamina and courage in the face of everyday trials and tribulations lights our non physical path. Something burning before us or inside us motivates us to move forward, to grab our dreams, to hold on tight and not let go.

Tend to the fire of your inner dreams and spirit. Feed your fire with positive and encouraging twigs of inspiration. Read something insightful. Watch something beautiful. Keep the vision and spark and illumination of your spiritual life well stoked and burning brightly.

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Tammy Brackett, 2010

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