#Earthschooling365: Day Ninety-Six
Waldorf curriculum, Steiner inner work, Iowa photographer, Free Waldorf curriculum, Nature table
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Today we will work on a second pose that will help enhance inner work/meditation. I am not calling these poses “yoga” poses because they do not come from yoga, they do not need to be posed in a certain manner, and do not need to be held for a certain amount of time. Any relationship these poses may have to a yoga pose is coincidental. Poses can help you open up different parts of your mind to access emotions and even memories that may not be on the surface. Today’s pose is inspired by the butterfly. Sit on the ground with the soles of your feet together and your knees out like the bottom part of “butterfly wings”. Put your palms on each side of your waist to form a triangle and the top part of your “butterfly wings” Before you take this pose ask yourself, “Where is one place I would like to go if I could fly” Then, hold this pose as long as is comfortable for you. Rest. Next, ask yourself “If I could take my class/child/friend anywhere – where would I take them?” and then hold the pose again for as long as is comfortable. Rest. Repeat this at least three times.
Nature Walk Idea (Head): Today we saw a vibrant monarch on a magenta colored flower. The colors were so vibrant under the bright sun that it almost looks like we used photo-shop in the picture. But if you look around you in nature you will see that some very bright and unusual colors exist naturally as well. On today’s walk find the brightest and most vibrant color you can find. What color is it? Where did you find it? Why do you think it is so bright? This flower is bright because bright colors attract the butterflies and bees that the flower needs to pollinate. Why do you think the butterfly is so bright?
Photography Notes (Hands): Today we will explore how we can see color more precisely in our photographs again. Yesterday we did a basic exercise on how to see different colors in photos and we tried to find the reds, yellows and blues. Today we will focus on one color at a time – blue. Can you see the blues in the photo of the herons below? The heron itself has a blue-gray coat of feathers with some areas of his coat being more blue than others. In addition, the entire photo is a bit blue because it was taken in the shade. Photos taken in the shade tend to have a bit of blue in them. Even the muddy bank in the bottom photo is a bit blue. Blue tends to add mystery and darkness to photos. I could keep the photos the way they are or I could remove some of the blue to brighten them up a bit. Today’s assignment is to take photos of things that have some blue in them, to take photos in places that may appear more blue (under bluish lights, near something blue that may reflect onto it, or in the shade) and/or at dawn when the sky tends to tend a blue hue to many things.
Verse: Heron Blue
Copyright Kristie Burns
Heron blue, I see you
Fishing in the creek
Chasing water creatures
With your long sharp beak
The shade blue hides your shadow
From their tiny little eyes
So I imagine that your spear
Always takes them by surprise
*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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