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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#Earthschooling365: Day Six
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today I chose to photograph the first buds of spring. This is one benefit of a nature walk – it forces a person to focus. In the modern world our senses are pulled in all directions – we see advertisements, sales, and crowds of people. We smell cooking and cars. We hear people shouting and machines working. But when you focus you are more likely to actually see something instead of passing it by. This focus can happen simply by walking through nature but it can also happen by making an effort to focus by taking a picture, drawing, writing about or simply thinking about one thing instead of so many things. Today, take ten minutes to focus on one thing. Even though you are multi-tasking, worrying and planning so many – simply focus on one for ten minutes. Keep it simple. Take some time to meditate on this one thing. Gently encourage yourself to stay on the path of focus. If your mind wanders to another topic go back.
Nature Walk Idea (Head): Focus on experiencing the nature walk through all your senses this week. Yesterday we focused on taste. Today we will focus on smell. Take time to not only smell the flowers, but to notice other scents around you. How many are pleasant and how many are not? Make a list in your head or on paper. How do these scents change with the season? Is what you are smelling part of the season or is is always there? Is it from nature or from smells humans have created (waste, shops, houses, etc..)?
Photography Notes (Hands): As in our meditation today we will talk about focus. Today our photography assignment will be to explore focus. As you are taking photos today (or writing or using another form of artistic expression) choose one focus and explore how you can transform your expression with that focus. For example, take a photo of a landscape, then focus on just one tree, then focus on just one part of that tree, then focus on just one bud on that tree. If your camera can handle it get even closer and focus on the texture on the bud on that tree.
Copyright Kristie Burns
*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 learn how to create music with these verses consider joining our Finding Your Inner Voice class.
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More example of focusing on one feature “closer” today…