365 Nature Walks: Day 5

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#Earthschooling365: Day Five

March 5

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Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today I took a picture of a groundhog. At first I felt it was not very successful because it was not the most amazing picture of a groundhog. However it made me so happy and still makes me happy when I look at it because it was the first groundhog I had ever seen in the ‘wild’. Take some time today to reflect on successes you may not be recognizing. Does everything have to be a perfect photo? Sometimes our success comes from another place. Did you expect the lesson yesterday to be a success and result in the perfect main lesson book page and it didn’t? Did you expect that walking every day would help you loose ten pounds and it didn’t? Take ten minutes today to focus on something you feel was a failure this week and explore what was actually a success about it instead.

Nature Walk Idea (Head):  Focus on experiencing the nature walk through all your senses this week. Yesterday we focused on hearing. Today we will focus on taste. Did you know you can taste the air? As you walk today notice how the air tastes in different places. Stop every ten minutes or every few blocks and simply take ten deep breaths. Try to distinguish what differences there are in taste. Write these insights down and use them in your poetry or writing some time. Another way to taste in nature is to collect various herbs and plants and prepare them when you return home or simply snack on them along the way. Did you know that all aggregate berries (ones with bumps like blackberries) are safe to eat? If you want to delve more deeply into wildcrafting link HERE.

Photography Notes (Hands): The past two days we talked about lighting and color and lighting and reflection. However, in focusing on the details and artistry of our photos (or other forms of artistic expression) we don’t want to lose sight of why we are doing this. Ask yourself today “why am I taking photos (or writing, or drawing, etc.)?” Artistic expression does not always need to be for display. Perhaps you are exploring your inner thoughts, you are simply recording each day as a memory of the day or perhaps you just want to be able to show a family member far away what you are doing. This “why” is very important in your photographs, art and writing. For it will determine the tools you use and how you use those tools. For example, you don’t need to use a fancy camera if your intention is simply to keep a journal of your walks.

Verse: The Groundhog
Copyright Kristie Burns

Wary eyes
Twitching nose
Into his underground
Home he goes

*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.

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