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365 Nature Walks: Day 87

#Earthschooling365: Day Eighty-Seven Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will explore another one of our twelve senses – the sense of balance. When we talk about balance we are talking about harmony in the body and homeostasis in the body systems. We are not talking about how far you can get...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 86

#Earthschooling365: Day Eighty-Six Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will explore another one of our twelve senses – the sense of movement. A person is always experiencing movement in some way even if it is small. Every few seconds your eyes blink. This is a small movement. When you pour...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 85

#Earthschooling365: Day Eighty-Five Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will be meditating on another of our twelve senses – our sense of life. The word “life” on other cultures is also known as “Ruh” (Persian/Arabic), Qui (Chinese) and by many other names. You can feel this sense through the way...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 84

#Earthschooling365: Day Eighty-Four Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will be meditating on another of our twelve senses – our sense of touch. Our sense of touch goes beyond our ability to tell if something is solid or not solid. Our sense of touch is also what helps us experience the...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 83

#Earthschooling365: Day Eighty-Three Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will be meditating on another of our twelve senses – our sense of sight. The sense of sight goes beyond simply being able to see a tree and identify it as a tree. Our sense of sight is very complex and...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 82

#Earthschooling365: Day Eighty-Two Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will be meditating on another of our 12-senses – our sense of warmth/temperature. Our sense of warmth is what we use to detect variations in temperature. This goes beyond our sense of touch. For example, we can touch an object and know...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 81

#Earthschooling365: Day Eighty-One Inner Work Meditation (Heart): On today’s walk I saw a mother robin feeding her babies. It was hard to take photos since she had done such a good job of protecting them among the pine leaves but I was persistent. In the high res version of the photo...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 80

#Earthschooling365: Day Eighty Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today on my walk I spent a lot of time looking down. As I passed others on the walk I noticed they were all looking straight ahead. So they did not get to see the beautiful mushroom below, nor the little mushrooms sprouting...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 79

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-Nine Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Can you see the owl in the photo to the below? Me too! Until I used a telephoto lens I could not tell that this was a tree branch and not an owl. I was so focused on finding more owls after yesterday’s lucky...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 78

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-Eight Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will be meditating on our sense of hearing. Hearing goes beyond just being able to tell the difference between the sound of a piano and a cat’s meow. When you use your sense of hearing you are also sensing the vibrational...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 77

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-Seven Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will explore the third of our twelve senses – the sense of speech. Yesterday we talked about the sense of thought – one’s ability to understand others when they communicate through speech. Today we will talk about a related but different sense....
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365 Nature Walks: Day 76

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-Six Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will talk about the second of the twelve senses – the sense of thought. The “thought sense” is what enables us to understand others who are speaking to us and expressing their thoughts through speech. Do you understand people easily or do...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 75

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-Five Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today I watched five baby bunnies chasing each other around in the grass. To the outside observer it looked as if they were simply having fun but their play has serious underlying reasons. Animals in nature are programmed to play in different ways that reflect...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 74

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-Four Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will explore the first sense of Knowledge – ego. The sense of ego is the feeling and sense you have for yourself. Contemplate the ways that this sense can be explored and consider how this is a sense you may not...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 73

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-Three Inner Work Meditation (Heart): As part of our journey learning about the 12-senses we will talk today about why learning about them is important. Yesterday we learned about what the 12-senses were called and we thought a bit about what those terms mean to us. Today your...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 72

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-Two Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will start taking a journey through the 12-senses. There are many philosophers and teachers who have expanded upon the concept of the five basic senses. Our journey the next twelve days will be based on the speeches of Rudolf Steiner.  Rudolf Steiner...
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365 Nature Walks: Day 71

#Earthschooling365: Day Seventy-One Inner Work Meditation (Heart): I was talking to my teenage daughter the other day about how beautiful I thought the wildflowers were on the lawn and how I wished I didn’t have to mow them down and she told me a story. When she was little a...
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Waldorf in the News: Natural Light & Outdoor Play Reduces Short-Sightedness in Children

Waldorf Principle Explored: Bringing the Classroom Outdoors & The Outdoors Inside Having students spend significant amounts of time outdoors is integral to Waldorf education. No matter what the weather is or the student’s age, students are dressed appropriately and have daily time to play and explore outdoors. Even when students are indoors, classrooms...
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Waldorf In the News: Using Nature in the Classroom

Waldorf Principle Explored: Natural Supplies in the Classroom If you have ever explored a Waldorf toy catalog or website you have probably noticed that every toy, school supply and piece of clothing is “all natural”. This means that the supplies are made from natural materials like cotton, beeswax, wood, plants and other...
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