What Wolves Can Teach us About Human Connection | Freethink

What Wolves Can Teach us About Human Connection | Freethink

(light inspirational music) – [Amber] A lot of
people think our mission is about rescuing wolves,
and that is part of it but our true mission is
about human empowerment. It’s non-traditional therapy. Each of these animals
brings a story with them, a story of resilience, a
story of overcoming trauma, a story of being seen for who I really am versus what someone else wants me to be. The students and even the
adults that come here, they see themselves in those stories. God, I relate to what
that animal’s been through and wow, look how resilient and how much healing that
animal’s going through and so they often start to
see, maybe I can heal too. Maybe I’m a warrior too. (calm music) – [Student] I find that
being outside more it’s just, it’s so different from just
being in school the whole time. It’s like a different experience and plus when you actually take it all in, it helps you think more. – [Amber] Clearly, we
have this ancient bond and connection with dogs and we’ve bred dogs to
be here to please us and the wolf is here to be a wolf. These animals have limited option. They end up at a shelter and because they’re not legal to own, the option is they go to
sanctuary or they get put down. (calm music) – [Teo] Many of us have pets
for our own entertainment. So the pet loves you and it’s about me, me, me, myself and I. These guys don’t respond well to that and if you’re not at a level
that they are interested in interacting with, they just ignore you. The wolf is the only animal that brings this deep love and passion
and obsession almost and also this abhorrent hate. And there’s no animal
that polarizes humans in such a way, and I believe
the wolf is a mirror for us, the good, the bad, and
the ugly in humanity. Some of the things that
make us human today are things that I believe,
and some scientists believe, we learned from wolves. The way a small tribe is organized
is just like a wolf pack. You have the leaders, the enforcers, the warriors, the hunters, the caretakers, and that’s a very efficient way how wolves have been organizing
themselves for millennia. (distant talking and laughing) – [Amber] So I would love to hear, I haven’t read all the homeworks yet, would love to hear anything that came up, or you reflected on. We don’t rescue the
kids, they’re struggling. The students when we’re
talking about something, they’re struggling, they’re
struggling to stay present on the hike, they’re struggling
to climb the mountain. We act like a wolf, and we
just stand and be present, and allow them to witness
their own strength. There’s myths about a lone wolf, and a lone wolf is always
looking for a pack. They’re not desiring to be alone. We feel the same about humans. A lot of us don’t get that
connection from our families. (distant voices) And so this pack mentality
offers a way to feel supported. (calm music) It’s such a different experience, if I’m going through something, to try to heal myself
versus being witnessed and really seen by others, and
that’s the power of the pack. – [Student] It’s such a nice break from what you normally do at school. This is like one step
forward in like being more comfortable with unfamiliar things. – [Student] I actually really
enjoy being around them, they help me out a lot. Like I take out my comfort zone with them. (bright music) – [Amber] And sometimes we
have humans in our lives who have a lot of love… We do pre-post tests,
looking at students level of self awareness, their
connectiveness to nature, and their ability to take
initiative in their lives, whether we look at it
holistically of all the groups at Wolf Connection, or
each group on their own, we see a significant
increase in their lives once they graduate the program. We believe that what we
learn from the wolves, and the power of our
deep ancestral connection with them has the power
to make deep change, and then it’s really us, as
humans, who need to change in order to protect our environment, understand how sacred and
special these animals are, and to make the world a better place. (bright music) – Hey, thanks for watching, we know the news can
be a bummer sometimes, but at Freethink we’re trying
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8 thoughts on “What Wolves Can Teach us About Human Connection | Freethink

  1. You should do more videos on Hackers! There’s a name for the series but I forgot the name. Coded or something?

  2. I liberated a Lusky (Labrador/Husky mix) a few years ago who has a strong wolf resemblance. I call him my web-footed sled dog and love him to bits! He was chained behind someone's house with a mere 6 foot chain and the yard was full of empty dog food cans – they were popping the lid on the cans and throwing it to the poor dog, who had to extract the food himself.

    Anyway, as mentioned, I took him and he's my buddy now. Of the many things he's taught me is that yes, pack life is extremely important in our development as humans. We definitely need each other in this life and depend on each other for survival. Another thing he taught me is that sometimes, in order to achieve certain things and/or make major changes in the world, sometimes you have to be the Lone Wolf and therefore must never lose that capacity. πŸ˜‰

  3. They are beautiful, and the idea for this program to help empower teens is very creative and seems to be very successful.

  4. I LOVE this channel. It makes me want to cry just to see this highlighting of positivity and innovation, things that move the world forward, answering (or beginning to find answers) instead of just complaining about the current state of affairs. THANK YOU Freethink for the work you do. I think it's extremely important, and I hope you continue to rise in exposure. I will always try to share and promote on my end.

  5. This was a good program I had never been in a program of gas changed me to talk more about things and the experience was so great

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