The day before yesterday, I started watching the Netflix documentary, “One Strange Rock” (check it out) and I absolutely love it. I am only on episode 5 (they’re about 43 min each), but my mind and heart feels so open and expansive. The content, thus far has made me very present and aware of the love this Earth, our home (and universe) has for us. And when I speak of love, I speak of this level of regard, and protection this Earth has built into it for the preservation of all its children. Even our seemingly extreme weather is the Earth’s way of trying to temper the overheating so that we don’t fry. Life… what a miracle.
And with this in mind, I walked around knowing how much I was loved because of the snow, the sun, the sky and the protective layers created long before I knew my own name. I give thanks for all the minerals, the molecules, the energy, the stuff that makes up all that we are and need.
So, here’s an invitation, as an act of love tell all the people in your life, “thank you.” Then thank yourself. And then, finally, go outside and touch the earth. Thank her for supporting you. For supporting us all. For being our home. For being our first and most important ancestor. For always providing for us and will be able to provide for our loved ones long after we are no longer here. Give Thanks!
Wow. How could we go one day without saying, thank you.
“Don’t wait for anything. Just wait for your own agreement. When you think you’re ready. Two poems. One poem. A broadside. Anything. Get it out. Because if you don’t, you’re constipating yourself. It’s true. You walk around with a whole sheaf of stuff that you’re not publishing, that’s constipation because your mind is fixed on that, and you’re not going to do much until you get that out of you. And once you–even if it’s on Kinko’s paper– do something with it, it’s out of you. That act will get it out of you and then you can go on to your next thing. But you have got to do it.” ~ Amiri Baraka
Around this time each year, I notice I find myself yearning to be outdoors. I love being outside in general, but I think it might be because the days are shorter and I am spending more time indoors at my internship. It’s also much more comfortable outside. Although it’s cold here in New England, I find I’d rather layer up against the cold than have to deal with mosquitos, ticks and pollen.
That being said, as the year comes to a close, here’s a photographic look back at some of my time in nature, both alone and with my kids.
2018 was centered on my healing and recovery. Recovering my health, recovering my energy and reconnecting with some of the things that brings me joy.