#Earthschooling365: Day One Hundred and Five
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): The squirrel signs were unmistakable – a twitching tail and loud chattering that let us know we were not welcome to approach any closer. We backed away and honored their request out of respect for their territory and habitat. Every day we see limits imposed on us by the world around us. We experience stop signs, locked doors, purchase agreements, and even requests from friends, students or family. Many of us consider ourselves kind and respectful people. We would move away when the squirrel chatters.
However, sometimes, without realizing it, we become bullies. We push back at the rules without taking personal responsibility. We insist on getting things done “our way” even if it means ignoring someone’s needs or pushing away the limits and rules that have been established. Sometimes we forget that “no” is a legitimate response from another person, company, animal or entity.
Today’s inner work meditation is about admitting fault and taking personal responsibility. Have you been guilty of not listening to someone else’s “no” and respecting the limits they set? At times we have all been guilty of being “emotional bullies” even if we cannot face this reality within ourselves. We have a stereotype of the “bully” being a big, tough guy that beats up smaller people. However, emotional bullying can come from the sweetest people and can happen at work, when you shop, at home and in the classroom. Emotional bullying includes threatening people, animals, companies or other entities, ignoring rules, not respecting “no”s, and/or trying to evoke an emotional response to “get your way”.
How can you work on allowing others to have limits and say “no” to you? Consider that a cooperative discussion is more respectful and productive than insisting on ignoring a person’s “no”. Think about why they are saying “no” and try to see the situation from their point of view. In some cases the solution will be simply to accept their “no”. In other cases it will be to “find a mutually beneficial solution”.
Ask yourself – am I open to finding other solutions to this problem? Am I really listening to the other person/child/company/animal? Am I willing to cooperate? If the answer is “no” then you may be guilty of emotional bullying. Today, let’s take some time to think about how we can find more loving solutions to the word “no”.
Nature Walk Idea (Head): Today we saw a squirrel chattering a warning at us on our nature walk (see photos). Squirrels make chattering sounds that sound like intense quick chirps when they are upset. They will also put their tail up and swish it back and forth. On your nature walk today look for animals, birds or insects that are giving warning signs. Who or what are they giving these warning signs to? Are they warning another animal to stay away from them? Are they upset that a truck has been parked near their nest? Are they upset with a domestic dog or cat? Are they sending you the warning? What is this warning signs they are giving? Do they do something with their tail, wings or body? What sound do they make? Can you see these signs when your house pet is upset?
Photography Notes (Hands): Today I saw so many things on my nature walk that before I realized the time it was already dark. The moon was still mostly full (remember yesterday’s full moon photos?) so I went ahead and took some photos using the moonlight as my only source of light. I used a bridge to balance my camera since I didn’t have a tripod with me. However, I would recommend bringing a tripod for this assignment. Your assignment today is to take some photos using either the light from the moon, a street light or other night-time light source. You will need a tripod and will need to expose your photo for anywhere from 1/4 second to 1 second or more. Keep in mind that any subjects you have in your photo that are moving will be blurred unless you use a fill flash that is able to reach your subject. In the photo of the heron above you can see that it is slightly blurry because of camera shake (I only used a bridge as a tripod). However, the heron is standing very still so he did not provide any movement himself.
Copyright Kristie Burns
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