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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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#Earthschooling365: Day Twenty-Nine
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): As I walk along I notice how busy the birds are gathering nuts, berries, insects and other food. That is all I seem to ever see them doing – gathering and eating. And if you have ever spent some time where many birds gather you will also see that they spend a lot of time processing that food as well. In the same way we have become accustomed to gathering information and processing it at a very rapid rate. Do you ever go online and find yourself overwhelmed with all the different articles, pictures and lessons that could inspire you each day? Do you ever start scrolling through your Facebook feed and end up reading more than a hundred posts? Or how about Google? Have you ever searched for one thing and gotten distracted by another? Then what do we do with all this information? It seems like it goes in and out of us just like the food does with the birds. But is this the way we want to process information? Take at least ten minutes today to mediate on how you take in and process information every day.
Are you taking information into your mind and spirit in a gentle manner? Are you taking time to process it? Just as children need a three-day-rhythm in their studies, adults also need time to process information. If you would like to explore rhythm in greater depth check out our lecture, Waldorf Rhythm and Stages HERE.
Nature Walk Idea (Head): As you take your walks you will notice animals, birds and insects gathering food. Today try to identify at least one animal, insect or bird gathering something and identify what it is gathering. In this photo of a blue jay you can see that his beak is stuffed with a berry.
Photography Notes (Hands): Today your assignment is to use your camera to tell a story. Today I took some pictures of different birds finding food. In telling the story I had to make sure the viewer could see they were finding food. The blue jay has a berry in his mouth and the woodpeckers are pecking at holes in the wood. When you look at each of these photos you are drawn into the activity that the animal is doing. The photo tells a story. Practice taking photos today that tell a story. Photos that tell a story can be very interesting and sometimes very powerful.
Copyright Kristie Burns
There was a blue jay in the park
Who imagined he was a lark
But when he opened his beak
He let out a shriek
That sounded more like a bark
*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.