Transcendentalism in Real Life

By McKenna Belcher

Transcendentalism

Being a transcendentalist is so much more than having a nifty name and having and excuse to go meander through the woods. The following are some real life examples of transcendentalism in the modern world.

Trusting Yourself "The Leap"

In this episode of How I Met Your Mother, various cast members struggle internally with situations where they fight against their inner voice. In the end, they trust themselves and take a leap of faith (both literal and metaphorical) to end up where they are supposed to be.
How I Met Your Mother - Roof Pool

Be Unique

"Do what will make you happy,

do what you feel is right,

but only one thing matters,

learn how to live your life" -College Kids By Relient K

These song lyrics show that you have to pave your own way in life no matter what you do, as long as that's what you want

Finding Yourself in Nature

"Nature was her refuge. She understood nature. But it was matters of man and spirit that left her mystified." -Angels and Demons by Dan Brown


This quote shows how some people connect with nature on a deeper level and depend on it to keep themselves truly themselves.

Literally finding yourself in nature

Tree McKenna

Simplify Your Life

"It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value."- Leo Baubata


Leo describes how simplifying your life results with you only having truly valuable stuff left. He shows that getting rid of all of the excess things in life leave you will stuff that you will treasure forever.

Everything is connected

The movie, Cloud Atlas, portrays several people throughout different lifetimes. It's supposed to show how simple actions can ripple through time to change different lives in different generations.