Self-preservation: This is our primary instinct to stay alive, as an individual and as a species. It is before all else in life, and all forms of life have this drive. It is so primal that it is mostly unconscious. It includes our basic need for physical well being – eating, sleeping, movement, and ease – and our need to care for ourselves, provide housing, manage our resources, and be safe. When our instincts are trustworthy, free and flowing, we feel substantive and secure, and at home in our own body, free to love, create, speak, and experience delight.