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Interview With Robin Easton, Author of “Naked In Eden”

Well, perhaps “interview” isn’t the right word, because our chat didn’t involve the usual “book interview” questions about Robin‘s background or even her book.  Maybe a better way to describe it would be “me just being with Robin, and happening to record it.”

I’m glad we did it that way, because it was a fun, spontaneous and adventuresome experience — much like what I imagine being with Robin is like most of the time.

What I really got about Robin during our talk was that, no matter what she’s doing, she comes to it with a sense of awe.  Yes, she wrote this wonderful book about living in the jungle and all, but she doesn’t need to be in the jungle to experience life as a thrilling exploration.

One of the many things Robin has to teach us, just with her way of being, is that finding joy in life isn’t necessarily about finding the “right” activity to do — the right people to be with, the right country to visit, or something like that.  Sometimes, it’s just about the attitude we bring to our experiences, which I think for her is an attitude of curiosity and wonder.

The “Ordinary” Doesn’t Really Exist

From time to time, I think we all get caught up in what we see as a routine, where everything seems safe and predictable.  Maybe we go to work, go home, hang out with the kids, watch a video or something, and repeat.

But in an important way, our routine is an illusion.  Yes, we might have a schedule detailing everything we’ll do today, but in reality we never really know what’s going to happen.  Maybe we’ll make a new friend, get into an accident, take in the bluest sky we’ve ever seen, or something else.

Recognizing how little we know for sure about life — how uncertain we really are about what’s coming next – can be frightening.  But when we stop fearing and resisting that uncertainty, it can be a liberating experience, because we realize the uncertainty is what makes life interesting.

My sense is that, at some point, Robin grasped this, spontaneously and deeply — not just as a concept in the mind, but on a level that permanently changed her way of seeing the world.  I suspect you’ll get a taste of this way of seeing just by listening to our conversation.

Enjoy!  You can find out more about Robin’s work here.

Download the Interview (MP3 file; right-click and select “Save As” to download)

13 thoughts on
Interview With Robin Easton, Author of “Naked In Eden”

  1. Stacey

    Chris,

    What a lovely treat to visit your blog for the first time, and to listen to this great interview with Robin. Thank you for sharing this, and asking beautiful questions for Robin to reflect on. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    Robin, its great to hear you reflecting on your life and how you feel in each moment. It gives more perspective on who you are, and allows us to feel more about your book. You an an inspiriation to the world!

  2. Robin Easton

    Dear Chris,

    It was SO fun doing this interview with you. I am still reeling from your depth of insight. And not only your deep insight, but the natural, spontaneous place it comes from. I could really feel that you were very much grounded in your body and that your insights were not so much a “head” thing, but more of a deep gut knowing, something that is part of who you are everyday, all the time. I just loved that. And your heart is so open and fresh like a child’s. That is an amazing quality, and one I relate to. So good to see in the world. You are bounteous with gifts.

    Your spontaneity and naturalness (“what you see is what you get” quality) allowed me to stay so much more grounded. I didn’t have go into my head and think about things. It was just a natural flow with great ease. Just as your insights and questions rolled effortlessly from you, so did my replies. Talking with you felt as natural as if we’d been talking for year. That is a great gift you have. It really got me thinking that you REALLY ought to have your own show. You are just a natural at it. I think it would fly. I’m very serious about that.

    What you have shared here is just so beautiful! I love what you picked up on from our talk. Love this: “The “Ordinary” Doesn’t Really Exist” Wow!! That is so TRUE and powerful. There is no ordinary.

    Then when you wrote: ”

    “But in an important way, our routine is an illusion. ….when we stop fearing and resisting that uncertainty, it can be a liberating experience, because we realize the uncertainty is what makes life interesting. ….My sense is that, at some point, Robin grasped this, spontaneously and deeply — not just as a concept in the mind, but on a level that permanently changed her way of seeing the world. ”

    I am moved to tears to be seen on this level. Do you realize how healing it is for someone to be just who they are, and to have that “just who they are” SEEN?!! That can change a person’s whole world. That took two things on your part: a great openness to life, and an amazingly creative intelligence. I am SO proud of you, Chris, and so deeply touched.

    You brought out the best in me, simply by being open to life and me. Thank you so so much. You’ve given me a unforgettable gift. Huge hugs, Rob

  3. Chris - Post author

    Hi Stacey — I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. I definitely agree that Robin is an inspiration — not in a sort of rah-rah cheerleading way, but just with her way of being.

  4. Chris - Post author

    Hi Robin — yes, I have the same kind of experience talking to you — it feels very spontaneous to me without a lot of thinking or planning, which is my favorite way of having a conversation. I’m really glad you felt seen in our chat — I think that’s one of the big gifts I want to give to the world — just the feeling of being known and understood. My sense is that a lot of people go through life without ever really experiencing that. I know I did for a long time. I think recognizing that it can happen really redefines the boundaries of what’s available to us in life — whether you get deeply seen by people or by trees! :)

    Hmm, I wonder if that sort of interaction would work in the radio format. The approach of just being with someone for half an hour, instead of trying to get this or that piece of information, would definitely be a change of pace — that’s for sure. I think I’ll do some more interviews in the near future and find out!

  5. J.D. Meier

    I had to peek inside the book and it’s just too perfect … “”Living with stinging trees, spiders, and poisonous ticks, Robin quickly realized she had become part of the food chain …”

    Ordinary doesn’t really exist … ordinary is whatever you make it to be.

  6. Jannie Funster

    Yes!! When I stop fearing and resisting uncertainty, things unfold beautifully. All you fine bloggers have taught me how to let go and trust.

    I’m at the library without earphones at the moment, cannot listen to the interview at this time. But I send love and great vibrations back to you both.

    xoxo

  7. Hilary

    Hi Chris and Robin .. great interview .. and being able to hear your thoughts about your unfolding life .. it certainly changes as time goes on & we change too .. as you have both done. It is extraordinary what we can do with life now – what we can understand more .. the resources that we have available to us .. and then the wonderful experiences we can share and learn from .. that unfolding within us .. – that was great – thank you .. Hilary

  8. Chris - Post author

    Hi J.D. — Robin’s description of all those dangerous animals and plants in the rainforest had me thinking — probably, living in an environment like that has its downside, because of the constant threats to survival, but I can see how it would be a gift as well, because to live in such a place we’re forced to give our full attention to what’s going on right now, and there’s no time for reminiscing or catastrophizing about the future.

  9. Chris - Post author

    Hi Jannie — I think that’s one of the many gifts Robin has for us — the perspective of someone who acknowledges and even embraces the uncertainty and the newness in every moment and experience.

  10. Chris - Post author

    Hi Hilary — I liked what you said about everything being in a state of constant change — I think that ties in to the point about uncertainty being an unavoidable part of life. Once we understand and accept that change is constant and unceasing, life is no longer a futile struggle to keep things the way they are.

  11. Lynda Lehmann

    I agree with you in what you have said about Robin and her way of looking at things.

    She truly lives from a plane that embraces reality wholeheartedly and WITH a perspective of uncertainty. If we live in a box, circumscribed by rules dictated by institutions instead of our own consciousness, we will never grow. Or have adventures….Or be excited…Or change…

    Bravo to Robin for all that she share of herself, and for being such a wonderful facilitator of thought and growth in everyone whose life she touches!

  12. Chris - Post author

    Hi Lynda — I like that way of putting it — I can get how, the more willing we are to be with uncertainty, the more adventuresome our lives can become, whether we happen to be in the jungle or not.

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