INSPIRATION

Amber Aziz

Amber Aziz

Poet, Global Citizen

Hello. I am Amber, your Natural Intelligence guide. You know… that magic light at dawn and dusk; that torch pine perfume; that healing medicine? Yes, that’s me… sometimes also called cruel ancient sap, famous for entombing prehistoric insects! I observe nature. I listen and learn smarter and sustainable ways to journey through life. I am inspired by her Natural Intelligence, so share with you. Enjoy!

Mountain Resolve 13

July 1, 2016: I resolve to be like the snow leopard and refuse extinction even as my remote subalpine mountain habitat in Central and Southeast Asia undergoes extraordinary climate changes. I will always be a Panthera, if only a phantom force, a scent mark permanently...

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Grasslands Resolve 11

May 23, 2016: I resolve to be like the kangaroo often found on the Australian outback (and on golf courses, too). I am not afraid to engage in a kick-box match, for example, to snatch my favorite mate. And, I may hop-n-hope from here to there venturing across...

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Moon Resolve 10

May 22, 2016: I resolve to be like the blue metallic spider, a highly prized, rare, arboreal (tree-climbing), extraordinarily creative asymmetrical web weaver, who lives communally when resources are limited and who seizes every opportunity to capture a new resource...

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Mountain Resolve 12

May 21, 2016: I resolve to be like the Cerro Torre, Patagonia Ice Fields--Inspired. Never had we seen such a glorious sight. The mountain literally birthed itself in front of our eyes-first a corner ledge, then one lower spire, then the glimpse of the central tower...

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Mountain Resolve 11

May 19, 2016: I resolve to be like the California Live Coastal Oak (Quercus agrifolia), maintaining my elegance, grace, and majesty even in my maturing years, as I grow wrinkled and gnarled and twisted in the many interconnecting branches of my rich life’s experience....

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Desert Resolve 15

May 17, 2016: I resolve to be like the honey badger, and relentlessly dig and dig-even in the dark underground, to find the resources you need to survive; climb high for honey sweet returns, and let no one diminish your strength and “Unf…kable” (Vishnan’s new Mind...

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Desert Resolve 14

May 1, 2016:  I resolve to be like the cheetah, and leave most race cars as well all land animals in the dust with my quick wit and nimble gait; can’t wait for the next now innovation. What does your sharp eye spy in the future of my high grasslands and African...

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Ocean Resolve 13

April 30, 2016: I resolve to be a brightly colored starfish, a keystone ocean species spreading my five arms out in all directions from a central disk, embracing every corner of my changing coastal sea world- also as food, sexing myself in all kinds of kinky...

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Sun Resolve 12

April 29, 2016: I resolve to be like the socialist ants, living either as good workers-- maintaining the nest and next generation by providing for the queen of queens; or as good soldiers—forever on the move seeking out new food sources for the colony’s migrating...

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Desert Resolve 13

April 28, 2016: I resolve to be like the ostrich, the only living genus (genius) of my kind, a true restless nomad who curiously wanders the deserts of the world with distinctive grand presence, unlike any other bird; but when danger appears I can bow so humbly low to...

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Tropics Resolve 13

April 26, 2016: I resolve to be like the alligator, so sensitized to the natural world that even the different temperatures of decomposing plants from leaves to marsh reeds determines the sex of her offspring--male or female. Amber Make your Nature Voice Heard!...

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Forest Resolve 11

April 10, 2016:  I resolve to be like the puzzle grass (Equisetum), a true living fossil, whose ancient and relatively rare regenerative ways (via swimming spores) continue to propagate in Pacific Forest soils and persist across living landscapes. How? They spread...

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Moon Resolve 9

April 25, 2016:  I resolve to be like Rocket Raccoon, hail the moon. I am a Guardian of the Galaxy and adorn my Zorro-like mask at night to keep my heroic actions in my community, shrouded in mystery. Let no market-grocery-restaurant food be ever more left for waste...

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Moon Resolve 8

April 11, 2016: I resolve to be like cockroaches. Amazing right? But, truth be told these little hardy insects have persisted since dinosaur days, and despite their black armored appearance, are actually quite social and gregarious, especially at night when most...

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Ocean Resolve 12

April 24, 2016:  I resolve to be like the coral reef-- an infinitely colorful complex character defined by over 70 types of ocean habitats; a consummate inclusive host to 1,000’s of diverse sea life from starfish to clown fish to sea cucumbers… literally 4000 kinds of...

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Arctic Resolve 7

April 22, 2016: I resolve to be like the snowy white and social beluga whales (Delpinapterus leucas), true sea canaries who tweet often and diffuse widely (through ecolocation) tales of the coal mine’s contamination of their Artic krill-abundant sea ice havens. Amber...

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Ocean Resolve 11

April 16, 2016:  I resolve to be like the jellyfish (planktos- wanderers), pulsating along the ocean's rhythmic currents, paralyzing prey, eating lightly, digesting fast; so as to propel myself forward with ease in exploring the great wide ocean expanse (of my inner...

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Desert Resolve 12

April 15, 2016: I resolve to be like the impala, gracefully bounding across the African savannah with my lyre-shaped horns and perfumed-tip black stripes that during the height of this spring mating season, magnetize others toward me with effortless ease. Amber...

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Sun Resolve 11

April 14, 2016:  I resolve to be like this happy little field mouse, who approaches life with joy and play and lightness of being, so that when the sometimes harsh climate realities of life hit, I welcome the spring rains. Amber Photo Stock

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Mountain Resolve 10

April 13, 2016: I am inspired by the raven, an ancient and wise trickster totem in our native lore, who unsatisfied by the status quo, adventures into the unknown next now creative future, challenging existing beliefs and exploring new territories of knowledge and...

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Moon Resolve 7

April 12, 2016:  I am inspired by the bobcat, fierce nighttime warriors, who are not afraid to tackle prey (problems) much larger than themselves, and usually without delay; but rather one strategic, calculated, stealth-like, significant, unexpected blow. Amber...

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Sun Resolve 10

April 9, 2016:  I am inspired by cattle, who even though they are refered to in a usuary sense as either beef cattle or milk cows and are considered to be the most ancient form of property "capital" in Europe; they really are sacred creatures. For example, isn't it a...

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Arctic Resolve 6

April 8, 2016: I am inspired by the Polar Bear, enduring longer travel across thinner ice and dangerously anomalous winters to feed, nurture, to adapt as best she can to protect her young cubs, no matter the sacrifice.  Amber Photo Credit: Scott Darsney (Great...

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Mountain Resolve 9

April 7, 2016: I am inspired by the natural intelligence of the scorpion, first appearing 430 million years ago and still adapting to changing environments on every continent from well below freezing to extreme desert heat. The scorpion, a significant cultural animal,...

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Ocean Resolve 10

April 5, 2016: I am inspired by the natural intelligence of the elephant seals, who swim and feed for months in the open seas, earning their lard and living to support new pup families birthed in the rookeries each spring. Thus, when on shore for those precious weeks,...

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Tropics Resolve 12

April 3, 2016: I am inspired by the Gecko-- a highly adaptive little fellow, found in most every ecosystem and continent except Antarctica. The Gecko has a special secret service-like camouflage capability to blend into most every social scene, and disappear when...

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Desert Resolve 11

April 2, 2016: I am inspired by the natural intelligence of the hippopotamus, the semi-aquatic hairless horse of the river, who self-screens against the harshest rays of the sun by exuding “blood sweet” from his skin; and who swims along in his shallow water domain...

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Grasslands Resolve 10

April 1, 2016: I am inspired by the natural intelligence of the garter snake, who makes himself appear lethal in his sleek scaly appearance, but who is common to the world's gardens and brumates-- (reptile hiberation) rests like the rest of us during cold winters;...

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Moon Resolve 6

March 31, 2016: I am inspired by the coyote howling into the reflective light of the moon and against social injustice. While wandering the southwestern prairies, he upsets and challenges political conventions through deception and humor, and as the quintessential...

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Forest Resolve 10

March 30, 2016: I am inspired by the slime mold, who although are independent, single-celled Protistas (“protestors”), organize into multi-cell organisms to reproduce--spread new ideas; and to move as collective units toward nutrient hubs, especially when resources...

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Ocean Resolve 9

March 29, 2016:  I am inspired by the lobster, who though blue-blooded, is an exceptionally sensitive creature; feeling his way around dark sea crevices with his antennae and becoming vulnerable every time he grows and molts his protective exoskeleton-oftentimes...

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Moon Resolve 5

March 28, 2016: I am inspired by the Moon Flowers (Ipomeoa) who twines and binds and climbs toward the reflected light of the moon; only unfurling its pure white flowers during the calm, still, peaceful hours of the night, then spiraling back into its petal pod at the...

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Grasslands Resolve 9

March 26, 2016: I resolve to be like the Northern Alligator lizard, faithfully living out his years in the same neighborhood and periodically shedding his shingly, old lizard skin as he matures into becoming the voiceless unique lounging lizard he was born to be....

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