Thursday, July 12, 2007



Among the Yanyuwa Aboriginal people who live along the coast of Australia's Northern Territory, the word for "fat" is nalu-ngiliny. It doesn't merely refer to the greasy stuff that grows naturally under the skin of animal bodies. It's also a metaphysical term for vitality. Anything that's rich in nalu-ngiliny is healthy. A certain landscape may be considered fat, for instance, which means that it's fertile and sacred. When acacia flowers bloom each year, it's a sign that sea turtles and the marine mammals known as dugongs, favorite foods of the Yanyuwa, are "fat" and ready to be hunted.

Your assignment in the coming week is to identify the things in your life that are nalu-ngiliny, and to give them the honor, gratitude and nurturing they deserve.


To celebrate your ramble through the most wildly independent phase of your astrological cycle, I'm offering you three inspirational quotes. The first is from poet e.e. cummings:

"To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle that any human being can fight."

Your second shot of motivation is from Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

"If you have ever been called defiant, incorrigible, forward, cunning, insurgent, unruly, or rebellious, you're on the right track. If you have never been called these things, there is yet time."

Lastly, here's a Hindu proverb:

"There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self."

Brought to you by Rob Brezsny; for your own words of wisdom, click here.

1 comment:

  1. You're so well read!
    nalu-ngiliny: interesting word. I always liked my guys with a little "nalu-ngiliny" around the waistline, though, most of them think it makes them unattractive. lol.