Whether I wandered into the clear water or on the wet sand and squatted to curiously peer at things, this squeaky chorus remained the same.
There was an abundance of empty clam shells, which were contrasted by live Oysters. I wondered if the sound came from the million tiny holes in the wet sands.
However, I looked back to dry shore and sensed the tide was coming back in and that I needed to retreat or I’d be wading in waters creeping up to my knees or thighs.
It was not the best time to get stranded with the camera. I have little experience with the timing of tides. I noticed the water current creep up and it floated empty clam shell boats, air bubbles and curled pieces of bark etc. All the tiny discoveries were exciting photograph.
I wondered if this could be called, the land of the singing clams?
As well, someone mentioned that children from the inner city of Seattle come to camp on the island and have been led barefoot on a walk through the forest up to Easter Bluff lookout. Wow! What a great experience that would be to walk on forest moss and rocky steps in bare feet!
There is even a small independent parent participating school located on the Linnaea Farm Land Trust. One of its primary goals is to create appreciation, respect and responsibility for the natural world. One of their assets is a ‘Farm Life’ class as the school is located on a working organic farm!
Instead, perhaps they could learn that happiness does not primarily come from purchases that promise to entertain them or make them cool or attractive.
Perhaps we could also teach them not to believe that they need these items just because media tries to persuade them with these consumer beliefs.
- What would it be like if you chose to live your life as you may have dreamed about for several years?
- What stops you right now from living that way?
- If you could let go of something that no longer serves you, would that be easy or difficult?
- If it is not realistic to actually be fully within your dreams and you had to break it down into small pieces, what would be the first step?
- And the second step?
Writing them down or drawing them out is a good way to get the creative juices flowing. Listen to the silliness, the seriousness and feel for when they seem to come from a deep place within your chest. The ideas from your head must be anchored with the weight of your heart. You'll feel it when you put it down on paper this way.
I recently took a few steps to towards something I wish I had more energy, time and money for. What I discovered were opportunities and possibilities. Now I still have some serious parts of my life that do not allow me to just follow my bliss. However, these small steps I experienced renewed my hope and creativity to create some more smaller steps that I can follow towards the bigger dream of what I wish I could do.
I have actively entered my dream as if I am on a journey. I'll have to lean on my creativity and honour my insatiable curiosity. I know well enough to keep my eyes open and be on the lookout for signs confirming that I am going in the right directions. As well, I forever will be grateful for the teachers, friends and allies whose paths have crossed mine.
So I encourage you to dream big and let the ideas flow. Sometimes it is appropriate to share your dreams with other people too. Or sometimes it is best to keep them in a special container within your heart. You will know when is the best time to share, as your confidence will allow you to do so.
Recently I spent some time with a wonderful group of people all gathered together to share in the wisdom and leadership of a global woman known as Starhawk. We shared our visions and built our confidence to take meaningful action in our lives and all for the wellbeing of the planet.
As well, I bought a book by Starhawk and the first thing I read was a Compost Blessing. (So here was another sign for me, that I am not from another planet.)
"We offer gratitude to the great cycles of birth, growth, death, decay and regeneration. We are grateful to all the beings who have made the great transformation, leaving the remains of their bodies here. We are grateful to all the hungry mouths that consume the dead. Blessings on the termite, the beetle, the ant, the spider, the worm. Blessings on the fungi and the bacteria, those that need the air and those that avoid it. Blessings on all the life in this pile that will transform decay to fertility, death to life. May I always remember that the cycle of life is a miracle. May I continue to feel a sense of wonder and joy in the presence of death and life. May I remember that waste is food, and may my eyes be open to opportunities to close the circle and create abundance and life."
page 168, THE EARTH PATH - Grounding your spirit in the rhythms of nature
by Starhawk, 2004.
For many years now I have had a strong spiritual experience when I go to empty my household compost into the outdoor compost bin when it is dark outside. It began to happen one summer as the full moon lit up my backyard and I could see all my pumpkins and their vines and leaves in the dark. Perhaps I was sensing plants growing to the pull of the moons magnetic force. Perhaps it was the subtle heat I felt coming from the compost. Somehow it all felt connected under that moon as I stood there. I could walk back into my home with a sense of peace feeling more connected to something larger than just what was going on in the smallness of my house.
If you are interested, Starhawk even has a few ideas for compost rituals in her book mentioned above! Or visit her website for more information and training opportunities at www.starhawk.org
Or feel free to try or adapt my compost ritual :
This past year I learned of a Peruvian ritual to express or celebrate Gratitude. In fact little kits are sold at markets or stores to prepare these Gratitude Bundles. Apparently they burn these bundles or bury them in the earth while saying prayers to Pachamama.
My concern was for the possible toxic substances burned or buried as the objects used have moved away from the old organic to more modern processed foods or industry produced products. Therefore I adapted the ritual in my own way to use a coffee filter or Rhubarb leaf as the wrapping for the contents inside the bundle. For inside the bundle I prefer to use offerings such as; flower seeds, seed pods, leaves, shells, pebbles, hair etc. Anything that can naturally break down and decompose.
Well..having written this..I see it is time to celebrate some Gratitude for all that I have recently experienced and all the new friends and allies that I have met. The moon is already into its new cycle, a time to visualize my goals and take new action for the cycle ahead!
Posted by Bill to Quiet Nature at September 28, 2009 1:48 PM
My response to Bill's comment on the Post, "A Journey Through Presence"from Feb 2009:
Thanks Bill for your thoughtful comments and questions. I agree in that, connecting with nature deepens when we are engaging more than one sensory function. Such as smell, vision, hearing, touching on and on.When I am outdoors engaged in my Photography, it is very much like foraging, gathering, and hunting for me. The experience of time is altered as I am fully engaged in what I am noticing or focusing on. It may be my footsteps delicately avoiding a wild flower, mindful breathing to steady the camera, smelling the Sage as the wind blows, and peripheral vision noticing an approaching Eagle, the changing hues of colors as the sun moves.
There are many people disconnected from nature in society, whether that is emotionally, unconsciously, ethically, or even just playfully. As environmental degradation continues, it could be important to encourage people to pause, observe, and notice what they sense within the natural world. Even if that is water at the beach, a plant in a hospital room, or a Bee on a plant.
By consciously becoming aware, experiencing the brief stillness, and experiencing sensory input, we tend to choose or seek out more in the natural world. Rather than caught in focusing on our worries, our technology etc., we may move beyond staring out a window, to stepping outside for air, or sitting on the grass to stare up into a tree.
If people are so fortunate, they may cross paths with someone like you. Someone who can mentor, teach, and share an experience of further depth to connect within nature! Thanks again for your important comment and questions!
Posted by Sherry to Quiet Nature at September 28, 2009 8:41 PM
Following is a quote from Thomas Berry, one of the leading environmental thinkers in North America.
Pg 46 ~ ‘The Dream of the Earth’, by Thomas Berry 1988"The ecological age fosters the deep awareness of the sacred presence within each reality of the universe. There is an awe and reverence due to the stars in the heavens, the sun, and all heavenly bodies; to the seas and the continents; to all living forms of trees and flowers; to the myriad expressions of life in the sea; to the animals of the forests and the birds of the air. To wantonly destroy a living species is to silence forever a divine voice. Our primary need for the various life forms of the planet is a psychic, rather than a physical, need. The ecological age seeks to establish and maintain this subjective identity, this authenticity at the heart of every being. If this is so of the prehuman phase of life, it is surely true of the human also."
During a Shamanism workshop this past winter, we had a meditative mask making session. While the mask was created on my face and it hardened, I focused on the encasement and the sound of the rain dripping in a nature sound recording. I became a tree in a wet dark forest. I continued to merge with this consciousness the next morning. I intuitively knew I was to cover the plaster mask with the peeled bark I discovered on the forest floor. I had accepted this gift of bark and left an offering last Fall. This September, I returned to this place in the forest and blessed the mask, tree and forest. I brought the mask home with me as the plaster base is not organic.
One of Joanna Macy's Theoretical Foundations in 'The Work That Reconnects' is:
"2.Our true nature is far more ancient and encompassing than the separate self defined by habit and society.We are as intrinsic to our living world as the rivers and trees, woven of the same intricate flows of matter/energy and mind. Having evolved us into self-reflexive consciousness, the world can now know itself through us, behold its own majesty, tell its own stories- and also respond to its own suffering. "
pg 59 'Coming Back to Life ~ Practices to Reconnect our Lives, Our World by Joanna Macy-Molly Young Brown 1998
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These are some photos from the Scott Kelby's '2nd Annual Worldwide Photo Walk' this past Saturday. Apparently there were over 900 groups around the world snapping photos on this day!
For more information on this Photo Walk click on the following link,
I really enjoyed the meandering walk downtown and bumping into friends that I have not seen in awhile. As well, meeting so many friendly people! I am proud to live in such a family friendly and fun filled community!
'Mediacology- A Multicultural Approach to Media Literacy in the Twenty First Century' 2008
By Antonio Lopez
We can become aware of our patterns of interaction depending on whether we feel connected or separate from the natural environment that we find ourselves within. (This could even be just a patch of grass or a plant in the room).
“When we look at water in nature it is certainly an element that integrates a lot of things. It is artist, it is landscape architect, it is also in a certain way, engineer. Always water has enough space and time in nature. No matter where we look, our landscapes_ the shapes and forms – are very much influenced by water. Water is the ultimate landscape architect. We always see the borderlands between air and water and the shapes that the water leaves behind such as the wave patterns in sand after the tides have gone out. There is potential creativity in this water. No one snowflake is equal to another. Varied and dynamic, water is always changing. It lives in the beauty and artistry of little details such as a falling raindrop. And when we look at close-ups of water, we see that it is so magic and full of surprises. The magnified structure of water even resembles the early forms of life itself.
Directions: From Kamloops, BC take Hwy 1 west. Just past Savona and up the hill is the turnoff to the right onto Deadman Valley Road. It is mainly well maintained unpaved graded road. The waterfalls are 59.2 kms from the highway. The Deadman Waterfalls are up and beyond the turn off sign to the Vidette Lake Resort and about 5 km and a wee bit. Look for the Orange Pylons on the right hand side of the road.
If you are interested in exploring this beautiful area, follow the link to the Vidette Lake Resort. I have stayed here in the past and certainly enjoyed the quietude and the discovery of the ‘Centre of the Universe’. http://www.videttelake.com. A great fishing resort, for families or individuals looking for nature adventures!
~ I'm back!! I needed to take time to take care of little things in my life~
Recently Chief Shane Gottfriedson stated,
"What’s happening is our ancestors are telling us something”, he said. “By them revealing themselves, they‘re telling us that we have to slow down.".. It’s a fast world we live in and we have to be respectful of things that are happening all around us. “With how fast the world is developing, it’s time that we slow things down and we take care of all the little things in our lives.” (As reported in the Kamloops This Week newspaper in April 2009)
Presently in my region, an expansion of the Trans Canada Highway has come to a standstill. The particular section in question is near Shuswap Lake and locally known as a killer highway. As required, the provincial government must do an archaeological assessment on the land. As a result, remains were discovered of a first nation’s ancestor along with her tools from an estimated 2500 years ago. After First Nation communities discussed the circumstances, it was decided that her remains would be ceremoniously reburied to be left undisturbed.
The ignoring of territorial boundaries, degradation of culture, insults as well as the damage done to First Nation families’ way of life has been deplorable. Sadly, such acts of dominance will possibly continue to play out throughout our Global Community. It may well increase as we live in a rapidly changing world where change and convenience tend to be experienced as a given right, in the name of progress now that we are bumping into each other. Redefining our boundaries will be ongoing and conflict is inevitable since many dominant stories happen to co-exist in various cultures and societies on this planet. Pathetically our lack of understanding, gives way to disrespect. As a Global community, we need to cultivate Tolerance and Curiosity to help us to observe differences respectfully.
I hold deep compassion for the impact past and present societies have imposed on First Nations people and as well as other minorities. So In respect of the wisdom from local native elders, they say, ‘it is time to slow down, be respectful of the things happening around us and take care of the little things in our lives.’ Hhhmm.. maybe this could be a helpful reminder to all drivers on the road.
Therefore, wherever your personal road leads you today, perhaps you will notice times when you are quick to react or judge.
Or perhaps you will slow down with a refreshed sense of curiosity and see things in a new way.
Perhaps just like the river in our valley that has etched out a path of least resistance over thousands of years, maybe we too can find our way in the ever changing landscape as erosion and discovery continues to reveal connections to the past.
Perhaps we may rediscover how to reflect with a sense of curiosity and become inspired by the little things in life as to how to live sustainably with mutual respect for the planet and all our people.
Perhaps you may put yourself in another other person’s shoes or err... moccasins and walk a mile (Km) or two.
This updated music video celebrates life with a sense of ‘funny’ and lightens my day even more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Feelin' Groovy~ HAPPY SPRING PEOPLE!