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!
Every day we will post one day. We will leave up 2 weeks of nature walks at a time. At the end of two weeks each nature walk will be transferred to the Lifetime Member’s Only Blog and will be accessible only to Lifetime Earthschooling Members. If you want to own the entire series without enrolling a an Earthschooling Lifetime Package Member you can purchase the entire series for only $35.00 (for the entire 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 Twenty-Four
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): We often get so caught up in what we are trying to accomplish every day that we forget to reflect on how far we have come. When was the last time you really thought about how far you have come this year? Not just briefly, or in a short conversation or comment – but really thought about it? Take at least ten minutes today to focus on what life was like one year ago. You can use a photo, a Facebook post or an Instagram post or other tool to jog your memory. Then sit down and try to recall as much as you can about that time. Where were you? How were you feeling? What were you doing? Who were you with? Now take some time to think about what has changed today – a year later. How do you feel about these changes? What do these feelings inspire you to do?
Nature Walk Idea (Head): Did you know that the way you move can impact the way you think or the way you experience something? There are many studies that have explored this and many therapies that base their curative power on this science (among those IET and Tapping). So what will happen if you move differently on your nature walk today? Let’s find out! If you have young children this can be as simple as telling them “let’s hop like the robin is hopping today for a little bit” or “let’s pretend we are flying down the pathway today instead of walking” or “how about galloping like a horse?” You can even ask them how this movement made their nature walk experience different today. Did they see different things? Experience different sensations? Miss things they saw the day before? Teens and adults who would like a more subtle and less “child-like” way to explore could simply walk with a different rhythm or make an effort to jump over every crack or stone you see. Ask yourself the same question – how did this different movement impact your experience? If you want to completely transform the way you learn, experience life and move check out the amazing Eurythmy Series by Eurythmist Cynthia Hoven.
Photography Notes (Hands): A fun project to intersperse into your photography journey is to take the same photo over the course of a year or a month or even a few days. I took a photo of a robin on the ground last week and took another today. If you compare the two photos you will see that there was not any green in the first photo but in this one the grass is starting to sprout through the dead winter brush, twigs and dried leaves. The first day of spring was four days ago (March 20) and I am amazed at how spring just “jumped into action” suddenly. Only a week ago this ground was gray and drab. Now it is sprouting with new life. Imagine how it would look if I took this same photo every week for a year (Yes, for some reason robins stick around in the winter here)? Choose as many subjects as you want and start taking progressive photos of them. You can set your time period as a year, a month, a season or anything you want. You can also choose more than one subject.
Copyright Kristie Burns
Purling, swirling like the breeze
Bathing in trees a whirlpool of green
Breast stroking past the chickadees
Wading in a puddle of clouds
High-diving into a lagoon of leaves
*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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