8 Wondrous Ways To Restore Your Wild Spirit.


This week was terribly mundane.

It was one of those weeks filled with laundry and schedules and coffee pots and ticking clocks. I was never a schedule loving person, for my drive for freedom and adventure overthrew sameness like waves, swallowing any idea of such a dreadful notion in their foam.

Yet, I still do it. We all do. Structure. Rules. Routine. It gets draining, and naturally, I crave more.

 Don’t we all instinctively crave more?


I work in an oncology program for women and my patients often talk about “feeling” and “being” more often than women who are not sick. In fact, in my time directly working with the energy and emotion of oncology patients of all ages, I have noticed that nearly all of them talk about their primal needs, even long after they’ve recovered.

They have been rocked right to the core by an unforgiving disease that causes great pain, even beyond recovery, yet also incredible humbleness. And while they maneuver that unpredictable jungle of medical treatments, charts, and needles, it is their spirit that they face head on, and most are astounded in what they find: a warrior.

They also learn early on that it wasn’t the cancer cells that made them a warrior; they were born that way. We all were born that way but sometimes it takes extreme diversity to unleash it again.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

That is why tonight I write from a fierce place, a place made of fire, and a slow burning truth. She inhabits my ribs and breathes her flames, sometimes quiet, and sometimes a roar I cannot purge. It is nights like these when she presses until I can no longer stand her howls, rising like the moon and forcing me awake. She is a force and familiar memory, the primal me, the warrior, and the human. The human in us all.

To be fully human is to be wild.
Wild is the strange pull and whispering wisdom. It’s the gentle nudge and the forceful ache. It  is your truth, passed down from the ancients, and the very stream of life in your blood. Wild is the soul where passion and creativity reside, and the quickening of your heart. Wild is what is real, and wild is your home.


Tonight, I throw my advice to the wind to reach those who feel painfully restless and forgetful of spirit. Our souls are naturally filled with great vitality and ageless knowing that flow through us freely until they gets blocked by modern living.

Right now, I urge you to unravel the listless, rigid parts and feed your wild, because it is the wild you, not the barely alive, embedded-into-routine, zombie-like you that is now struggling for air. For turn on. For sweet prana. Restore the wild and the warrior.

You shouldn’t have to get sick or halt domesticity to find it; you just need to remember that you are human, still very much alive, and wickedly, wildly extraordinary.
“We are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy.” ~ Alan Watts


“How,” you beg, “do I restore it? How can I truly be human in this modern society that keeps us so terribly tame? How can I manage the me that longs for fresh air free of concrete and traffic lights and ugly parking lots? How does one breathe life into the wild parts that crave connection to themselves, to others, and to the earth?”

“The way to maintain one’s connection to the wild is to ask yourself what it is that you want. This is the sorting of the seed from the dirt. One of the most important discriminations we can make in this matter is the difference between things that beckon to us and things that call from our souls.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Let’s go there. To the primal place you can reach in every day life. Here are eight incredibly simple and direct ways to feed your wild spirit—for these are some of the very things that can call to your truth quickly, even if you don’t know it yet.


1. Garden.

Gardeners are cultivators and regenerators, harvesting new life and replacing the old, stagnant energy with new seeds. Dig into the dirt with bare hands and breathe the essence of herbs and flowers into your wise body, for it will recognize them as home. Get earthy and gorgeously dirty.




2. Feed on raw food.

Energize, alkalize, and heal your body on a deep, cellular level. Nourish yourself with vibrant greens and fresh juices with nutrients you know the story behind; nutrients that heal illnesses instead of creating them with chemicals born in a lab.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. ” ~ Ann Wigmore

Start buzzing with aliveness from food that is also alive, and feel your body’s wisdom beat with every breath.


 3. Find live music.

Find the kind of music that makes your soul soar from the sound. From drum circles under ancient trees, to jazz on city streets, to underground clubs that keep people dancing through the night, music’s rhythmic beats exist to tell universal truths that awaken us from everyday hibernation. 

Have you ever seen crowds of 60,000 people at music festivals?  They sing with the bands under enormous summer skies, erupting into applause, dance, and smiles so large they ache. If that isn’t the wild, primal roar of the human spirit, than I don’t know what is. Find it, because music, my friends, is life. 




4. Play. 

Find the most hilarious person you know, whether it’s over social media, lunch, or the work water cooler and laugh. Even if you only have 20 minutes, take a random car ride to somewhere even more random. Dance to eighties music while you clean the house, paint the inside of your garage neon, or watch a Pixar movie with your favorite kiddo.

Personally, I love swing sets. I don’t care what your age is or how busy you are, play is essential to promote a youthful mind which is dynamic, curious, and enthusiastic, and that will open you to new possibilities which will feed your wild spirit even more.  A playful mind is fluid, creative, and of course, wild.


 5. Make love.

“Despite what you’ve been conditioned to believe, sexual desire is sacred and virtuous. When you and your beloved merge physically and emotionally, you go beyond the boundaries of the ego and experience timelessness, naturalness, playfulness and defenselessness.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Make love like it’s your last night on earth, gasping for air and sanity, frantic under clouds and stars and sheets. The kind of animalistic lovemaking that’s written in books that hypnotizes and captivates. The kind that’s made of heartbeats, intertwined flesh, and fiery, blazing, all consuming passion.



6. Get wet.

These are cures that open you in places you forgot could even open, for salt and water are a miraculous mix. Release disappointment through tears, sweat from awesome, bodily pumping movement, and swim in the soft caress of water.

These wild activities often launch you into the feeling of vulnerability and renewed power at the same time, while carrying you to a a clearer place inside your mind. Yes, there you are again, wild one.



7. Tell your stories. 

Tell stories of your childhood, of deep rooted pain, of intense loss, of blood and of your greatest loves. Tell them by firelight under violet, star-filled skies, or by sending words into cyberspace. Tell them over cups of strong espresso or glasses of sweet red wine. Tell them with tears and laughter and faith in the human race. Tell them to friends, to lovers, and to strangers.

Everyone has stories that need to be told, and there is always someone to listen. Make sure you tell your stories while you still have the chance.



8. Shine.

Show who you are, authentically, and completely unapologetically. Be fearless in your ambitions, goals and decisions. That energy will then spread itself into the universe and boost the human race, for one drop can indeed, raise the entire ocean.

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the right to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others” ~ Marianne Williamson

And as you work on these wondrous things to restore your wild spirit, do remember that even when you’re still not quite there, you are a miraculous human warrior and that…



 Wildly beautiful.


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Victoria Erickson
Victoria is a grounded idealist who's been writing the world awake since she was a child, as she was born starry eyed, and eating poetry. Based in Austin TX, she splits her time between writing for herself and others, working as a freelance writer, creative coach and editor for businesses, and also sharing her passion for fierce wellness as a Reiki practicioner, massage therapist, and esthetician. Above all else, she believes in innate wildness, intuitive body intelligence, the power of sensitivity, the connection economy, and this immensely gorgeous planet we all inhabit. You can book a healing appointment with her (she specializes in Reiki & deep neck-work) or simply connect with her and her musings and offerings on Facebook, FB writer's page, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. You can also sign up for her Wild and Well Creative Notes for Wondrous and Inspired Living.


  • Mamaste
    Mamaste commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    Victoria…this is so good. As I was reading this I was saying: Gardening, yes that’s the way to restore, no wait, Raw Food… that’s the key. No no it’s Live Music and so on and so on. You are an amazing writer. Thank you. ~Mamaste
  • Asifa commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    Love, love, love this! Thank you. I would add dancing (dancing till you are breathless and lost in the music) just like I did last night! :)
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 18, 2013 Reply
      Yes to dancing!! I was thinking it was in the live music category where there’s always dancing involved! :)
  • Elaine Rainey commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    Oh Victoria, this is gorgeous! I just wanna read that intro. over and over again. I felt like every word was coming from the depth of your experience. This kind of authenticity in prose is of the type that reaches deeply into the reader. Well done. Such beautiful, powerful writing xo.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 18, 2013 Reply
      Wow, what beautiful feedback! Thank you so much!!!!
    • Carri commented on July 9, 2014 Reply
      I totally concur with Elaine Rainey! Your writing captures the reader, brings her to a different place and time, if only for a minute, a true breath of fresh air! I am taking out my pad and pen and going down the list, one at a time! Thank you for such inspiring words!
  • Joy commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    *Love* love love this…my already radiant heart smile brightened and is whispering “Yes!” to the feel of the message as well as to the way you chose to weave it into words. Thank you!
  • Carolyn Riker
    Carolyn Riker commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    Once again you surpass delightful and dance with euphoric!
  • Sheila Jaillet
    Sheila Jaillet commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    Amen, sister! This is beautiful, thank you!
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 18, 2013 Reply
      Thank you dear! <3
    • Melissa commented on November 19, 2013 Reply
      Reading this cracked me wide open today! Thank you for sharing your beautiful soul! <3
  • Judy commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    Love this soooo much…thanks for sharing!
  • Shiv commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    I adored this. Just reading it made me feel wilder. Something that I’ve found since moving to a country where daily life is full of difficulties, is that it makes me feel more human. I’m not saying that life should be made terrible for everyone. I just think that when we strive for comfort and ease in every aspects of our lives, it numbs the primitive part of us. So maybe those of us who live in comfortable societies need to continually invite challenges into their lives so they don’t get bored to death.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 18, 2013 Reply
      Love this! We do actually feel a bit more alive in the struggle,for it is the struggle to make our beautiful moments more joyful and raw. I find that my writing is stronger when I find myself in more troubling times.
      • Victoria Erickson
        Victoria Erickson commented on May 18, 2013 Reply
        *that makes our beautiful moments more joyful and raw ;) Lets keep the primitive alive.
  • Heidi commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    You know so many people walk around in the dark….when did the lights turn off — during there childhood? Well, this little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine! Well said Victoria!
  • mateja commented on May 17, 2013 Reply
    I thank you for this is just what I needed. Today. The ultimate truth of the Soul..
  • Elle Bieling commented on May 18, 2013 Reply
    How amazingly wonderful to see this, at the season where energy is beginning to abound! Next, please write one on how to stay present to those who try to squelch your fire!
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on May 18, 2013 Reply
      Elle that’s a great topic, and you’re absolutely right! And that’s why we keep away from those who darken our light with their own insecurities. Don’t let their projections slow you in any way, shape or form, because it’s never about you! #staywild
  • Tanya Lee Markul
    tanya lee markul commented on May 19, 2013 Reply
    Absolutely brilliant. Excellent sister. xoxoxoxo
  • Tracy Wisneski
    Tracy Wisneski commented on May 20, 2013 Reply
    Yes, brilliant! And then some. Absolutely love this. Thank you for sharing it with us!
  • Irma commented on May 26, 2013 Reply
    I’ve read your posts few time now & I absolutely love it ! You have an incredible mind ! Keep writing… I want to read more xxxx
  • William Schwab commented on May 26, 2013 Reply
    A primal ecstatic yes to life. Sounds more like the words exploded out of your chest, instead being typed.
    • Victoria Erickson commented on May 26, 2013 Reply
      William, that’s how it happens… I break open from heart explosion and then end up nursing a wicked writing hangover ;) Thank you.
  • deni commented on May 30, 2013 Reply
    Your writing took the words right from my soul……i suffered a severe trama last year and it feels like my very essance had vanished….im finding my way back right now and reading what you wrote was identical to how i feel inside…..thank you foe opening up the door a little more for me….
  • Larissa commented on June 3, 2013 Reply
    Thank you. Thank you. I was lead to this blog just when I needed it. I am recovering from Breast cancer treatment. I’ve had my breasts removed, and my ovaries. I am 36 with a 19 month-old daughter. I have gained so much from the experience, but I feel like finding my way back into myself is a slow crawl. I write, I make jewelry, I play with my daughter. Your words reminded me that I don’t have to be clawing out of this with fear and desperation pounding me. Maybe it’s time I learned to just open myself up, and let the “me” run free for a while. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to share this on my facebook page for my business. People need to read this.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on June 3, 2013 Reply
      Larissa, you are a beautiful, and you are a warrior! Thank you for sharing. <3
  • Dianna commented on June 9, 2013 Reply
    Wow Victoria…What a beautiful prescription for a well lived and meaningful life. I have felt disconnected from wildness for some time but you offer such a lovely trail home to that part of me. You are an exquisite wordsmith. Thank you for so much wild inspiration. xx
  • Belle commented on June 12, 2013 Reply
    AMAZING. Your words are woven beautifully. I am so inspired! Thank you Xx
  • Aisling commented on June 16, 2013 Reply
    I really enjoyed this thank you!!! glad to have stumbled across it! will save and read again!
  • Tori Rodriguez commented on June 23, 2013 Reply
    Thanks for the beautiful reminder, Victoria! Great stuff!
  • gemstar commented on June 23, 2013 Reply
    Ahhhh thank you so much.. I so resonated with most of what you were saying… Weirdly for me having a routine keeps me motivated, active and alive, but my soul longs for wild freedom, it is true.
  • Noa Lakshmi commented on June 24, 2013 Reply
    AMAZING!!! Thank you so very much! Every word- beautiful and magical.. You are one magnificent goddess! Much LOVE
  • V commented on June 24, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful Victoria. You wrote from an awakened energized place and because of that you elicit the same place to awaken in others. I love the rawness, truth, and magic of what you said. Keep it coming.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on June 24, 2013 Reply
      Thank you V! Love to you, and yes, I’ll keep them coming. <3
  • transcendev commented on June 24, 2013 Reply
    Very nice post thanks. It’s so easy to get caught up in the BS of life that we forget to actually live. I really do need to catch some live music soon :)
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on June 24, 2013 Reply
      Thank you for reading, and definitely go see that music. :)
  • Delia commented on August 4, 2013 Reply
    Wild article, thanks for the reminders of life- giving forces. natural, as we are.
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on August 12, 2013 Reply
      Delia, thanks so much! Much love to you and your natural self!
  • G's mama commented on August 4, 2013 Reply
    You don’t know how badly I needed to see this. Thank you.
  • Haleigh C. commented on August 8, 2013 Reply
    You seem to be a rare gem. I wish we were friends. This article was just what I needed!
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on August 12, 2013 Reply
      Haleigh, I’d love to be friends. <3 I'm glad this one helped you.
  • Corinna commented on August 13, 2013 Reply
    I loved this article and was so amazed when I saw that it was written by you Victoria! I had no idea that you are a writer! Beautiful!
  • consciouscalling commented on August 14, 2013 Reply
    I am going to Share this, THANK YOU, it’s beautifully written and resonates with my core, divine, feminine essence. In Love & Light
  • Rachael commented on August 22, 2013 Reply
    Hello darling heart, i feel as though i have just met a kindred spirit. Thankyou and keep shining :)
  • Terry Kennedy
    Tee commented on August 23, 2013 Reply
    Your writings are so spot on and eloquent yet playful – brilliant, Victoria.
  • Anne C. commented on August 24, 2013 Reply
    Victoria, your words and blog are so inspiring!! Thank you so much. You are shining <3
  • thelindseyoneill commented on August 24, 2013 Reply
    So beautiful, Victoria. Thanks for this. <3
  • Victoria Erickson
    Victoria Erickson commented on August 29, 2013 Reply
    Thank you :) <3
  • Kris Lord commented on September 13, 2013 Reply
    Love, love, love this. Thank you for putting to words what I so often feel – the cravings, the increasing need to feel Nature, the joy in connecting to Earth… I will reread this often!
  • Shalini Bridges commented on September 14, 2013 Reply
    Your writing heightens something in me, a passion that few of us have the courage to intimately explore. THANK YOU FOR THIS VICTORIA. Love and Blessings, Shalini Bridges
    • Victoria Erickson
      Victoria Erickson commented on November 26, 2013 Reply
      Shalini, thank you for this amazing comment. <3 Much love to you.
  • Julie Sergel commented on September 14, 2013 Reply
    This is such an amazing cascade of words and thoughts and energy between. how completely purrfect and timely. yes, so needed this part of me to be touched. sparked. the synergy of the writer, the reader and the community that forms. we have created, aligned, received the most delicious communion. thank you.
  • Marc Weicman commented on September 14, 2013 Reply
    Wonderful, practical, envelope-pushing advice. is there any other way to live? I think not. Thank you, Victoria. :)
  • Cate Neilson commented on November 19, 2013 Reply
    Really enjoyed this, Victoria, and needed this inspiration today. Sometimes it is difficult to see beyond heart-sickness to joy. Thanks for the reminder of some beautiful ways to do that.
  • graceyogaandpilates commented on December 16, 2013 Reply
    needed to hear this today: And as you work on these wondrous things to restore your wild spirit, do remember that even when you’re still not quite there, you are a miraculous human warrior and that…you are beautiful. thank you sweetness.
  • Rajat Mishra commented on December 16, 2013 Reply
    Volcano of wild spirit has so much inside. I didn’t know. You have brought this to us who claim to be sitting far away in the so called civilized society. There is a key to break away. It is here described. Thank you dear Victoria!
  • sillydragon commented on December 21, 2013 Reply
    great article. just one thing, did you mean adversity instead of diversity, perhaps?
  • kika commented on December 28, 2013 Reply
    oh my, this spoke to my soul. all of it. and I love you for it.
  • Sarah Voldeng
    Sarah Voldeng commented on February 3, 2014 Reply
    A beautiful write and reminder of the freedom to let go. Glad to have found your wild spirit soul sister. much love.
  • Ramona commented on July 2, 2014 Reply
    I particularly love the last one, SHINE. The words literally spoke to my heart and soul, and oh dear, what a powerful quote by Marianne Williamson.
  • GOD commented on August 7, 2014 Reply
    Yes, tangible love.
  • Shining Through commented on September 8, 2014 Reply
    Beautiful thoughts! Thank you.
  • tinkakel commented on October 27, 2014 Reply
    When I got to the bottom of this piece of writing- salty tears hovering on the brink of my eyes, heart beating like the gallop of a wild horse, I saw your name. Of course, I thought…. Your writing tips me over the edge every single time, in the most divine, intoxicating and necessary of ways. Thank you.
  • crystal commented on December 27, 2014 Reply
    You have truly touched my soul and wild side that has been dormant due to routine, city life stress and an office job.. I am so glad I stumbled upon this beautiful, inspiring blog..you are a beauty. thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your work
  • vyana commented on February 5, 2015 Reply
    Crying with “wild” happiness after reading your essay!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!
  • anne commented on February 18, 2015 Reply
    Thank you for putting words on what I am feeling.. it means a lot to me I hope you are fulfilled and happy!
  • vyana commented on February 20, 2015 Reply
    I needed a second does of your “wild” inspiration today. Thanks twice!!!!!!!!
  • just. me commented on March 10, 2015 Reply
    I came across this website accidentaly (or was it?), and already I’ve read articles that are speaking to every cell of my being so loudly and so clearly that the words cannot be ignored anymore. This is beautiful and it made my eyes fill with salty water. Thank you!
  • michelle commented on April 20, 2015 Reply
    Thank you.
  • Rózsa Hózsa commented on August 17, 2015 Reply
    Szia, Well nothing is a mistake in life….. Finding your page has encouraged the wild spirit to emerge from hibernation…… Köszönöm

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