The deeper yearning that keeps my gaze turned towards both outer wilderness and our inner wildness, is the desire for intimacy with this living, breathing, beautiful world. This desire for intimacy finds its way into my partnership, motherhood, and friendships, my sense of the sacred, my love of the places I inhabit, all the way to my grandmother’s teacup which I cradle every morning in my hands. When I go to the ocean, I want to visit it with all my senses awake, with my heartstrings open to the ocean’s song, with my imagination dancing with its mysterious presence, and my mind tuned to gratitude for its abundance, beauty, and grandeur: each day, each moment, an opportunity to say “thank you”. Each day, each moment, an opportunity to breathe in “sacred” and breathe out “sacred” and remember there is so much to celebrate. Ritual and ceremony have been hallmarks in my personal and professional life to create the context for this kind of intimacy to grow and take root as a way of being in this precious world.