365 Nature Walks: Day 107

#Earthschooling365: Day One Hundred and Seven

Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today I saw this little fawn all alone in the forest. But he was not scared. He seemed simply curious about me and stood up to check me out. He knew his mother was nearby so he felt confident to explore the world around him. That is often what our friends, family and students need from us as well. When they know we are there for them they feel confident to go out and explore the world. Your inner work meditation today is to think about ways in which you can let the people you care for know that you are “there for them”. Sometimes this means helping them when they need help. sometimes it means setting a good example for them, sometimes it means setting firm and gentle limits.

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Nature Walk Idea (Head): Today we saw a small doe exploring the world on her own. Of course she was not really on her own – her mother was nearby ready to protect her if anything went wrong. If the fawn feels unsafe at any time she will make a crying sound and her mother will either run and attack the danger or will try to lead the danger away from her. Today during your nature walk let’s play a game based on this relationship. One person should be the fawn, one person can be the mother doe and the rest of the people can be different dangers (snakes, people, eagles, etc…). The fawn should go hide in the woods, park, meadow or area you are in. Everyone else (even mama doe) should count to 30. Once they are finished counting each of the “dangers” can try to find the fawn. Once the fawn is found the “dangers” that didn’t find her should sit down. How long did it take the “danger” to find the fawn? This is how many points they will have. Once the fawn in found the “danger” and the fawn should crouch down in the hiding place. The fawn can make a noise. The mama doe can only use this noise to find the fawn. How long does it take her to find the fawn? This is how many points she has. The person with the least amount of points wins the game. Alternately, you can play without points.

Photography Notes (Hands): Today we will practice focusing on the eyes. When you are in a situation where there are a lot of “focus distractions” for your camera (see below or the photo of the cardinal) or when you have very little time to take the photo (the curious fawn above) your photo may have trouble focusing on the subject in your photo. You may even be confused as to where to focus. Should you focus on the legs, ears or nose of the fawn? The wings, tuft or belly of the cardinal? The answer is that you should always focus on the eyes of the animal, insect, bird or person you are taking a photo of.

Verse: Six
Copyright Kristie Burns

January, February, March & April
May & June the clock ticks
Add them all together
And you have the number six.

Intuition, sight, touch, sound
Taste and smell – the human mix
Add them all together
And you have the number six.

E, A, D, G, B, high E
Guitar Strings and Picks
Add them all together
They make the number six.

Ladybug, ant, spider
All hiding in some bricks
See how many legs they have
Always the number six.

One, two, three and four
Five and six sides built with sticks
Makes a hexagon
Which is also a six.

*These poems have been created for many purposes – from early childhood circle time verses to inspirational or expressive. They vary from day to day so you may find the way you use them or enjoy them also varies. If you would like to set these poems to music consider our tutorial: Creating Your Ow Waldorf Verses or Finding Your Inner Voice.

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