This series takes you through an entire year of our nature walks and is part of our non-profit project #Earthschooling365 at www.Earthschooling.org. The photos and posts in this series are all copyrighted. Please do not share or re-print them. Instead, share the link to this blog with your friends.
Along the way I will be sharing our favorite photo of the day, an inner work meditation for the day, photography assignment/tip for the day, nature walk theme for the day and a short verse for circle time (children) or meditation (teens/adults). We invite you to “walk along with us” this year, take some time to use the inner work meditation, be inspired by the nature walk theme of the day and perhaps even start a photo series of your own. To join the community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram please tag your photos #Earthschooling365. To receive these inspirations in your e-mail inbox daily please subscribe to our blog alerts HERE. Don’t worry about missing days – you can join us as many days as you want this year!
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You can start your journey any day. You do not have to follow our schedule. However, we will leave up the first week of the project all year so you can follow the steps to get started.
#Earthschooling365: Day Fifteen
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Sometimes inner work and meditation can be simply about taking your mind out of the patterns it usually moves in. One of the easiest ways to do this is to focus on one object in great detail. Today, choose an object from nature. My favorite choices are pinecones, leaves, rocks or shells. Now, take ten minutes to focus on that object. What does it feel like, smell like, look like and taste like? Does it make a sound by itself? If you rub it or scratch it? What kind of sound does it make if you drop it? Share this experience with one other person today and take time throughout the day to “re-set” yourself with this simple practice whenever you feel anxious or need focus. To do a longer meditation try our “Mandala Meditation” in our webinar, Becoming a Whole Mother.
Nature Walk Idea (Head): I’ve been thinking about Saint Patrick’s Day this week and for some reason this rock caught my eye. My eye imagined it was magical. Perhaps a Leprechaun had left it there for Saint Patrick’s Day and it was really made of gold or there was hidden treasure underneath. It just glowed so much against the backdrop of the bland twigs. It had to be magical! Do you ever feel like that about things you see on your walk? It could be the way some branches form the perfect “doorway”, a circle of mushrooms in the meadow or simply something that is extremely bright or colorful. Look for magic in your nature walk today and find at least one thing that you can explain or identify in a magical way. For some more Saint Patrick’s Day inspiration you can check our our Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade or Second Grade Monthly Lesson Plans.
Photography Notes (Hands): Today your assignment is to take a photo with only one set of colors present in the photo. In my photo of the rock against the dried leaves, twigs and tree all you can see are shades of brown. If you are using another form of art to express yourself limit yourself to one color as well. If you are writing, try to write about something using different shades of brown (or another color) to describe it.
Verse: The Solemn Stone
Copyright Kristie Burns
In the wilderness of the wood
Not judging what is bad or good
A pensive solemn stone stood
*A Tercet is a poetic unit of three lines, rhymed or unrhymed. It could be AAA BBB or simply AAA.
*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.