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Welcome! This is a place to share how we celebrate & deepen our relationship to Nature. Here you will find stories, images, & ideas about wilderness, human nature, & soulfulness. Drawing from the experiences of everyday living, the topics on this blog include: forays into the natural world, the writing life, community service, meditation, creativity, grief & loss, inspiration, & whatever else emerges from these. I invite you on this exploration of the wild within & outside of us: the inner/outer landscape.



18 January 2019

Painting with Boughs

I did a rain meditation this morning, sitting outside in a damp rocker. My bare, wet feet felt too chilled, at first, in the forty-two-degree morning; soon they adjusted, or I forgot about them.

And I went into a sweet reverie as I gazed up at the luscious ring of trees edging our property:

            What would it be like to borrow -
            
            that alder treetop over there – the leafless, ever-more branching one – to paint across a 
giant canvas? would it produce an arteries-and-veins pattern, the very image of the human circulatory system?

the hemlock with its curved tip? might it be capable of marking feather patterns through paint across a page?

one of the Douglas fir cones? any chance that “mouse tail” shape would arrive intact as prints along paper?

might a hunk of pigment-drenched moss mimic fur as it touches paper?

or would lichen reimagine itself as splotches with negative-space holes?

what inside of us – in the very deepest recesses of this Earthly body – would likewise arrive as painted markings on the page? 

As I walked back indoors, I remembered the orizomegami class I took three days ago - 

my thrill at the unpredictable ways the colors saturated and arranged themselves on the 
folded-and-paint-dipped paper!

And in that small memory, I felt the indelible patterns of the natural world painted across the walls of my bones.



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16 January 2019

Image of the Week

"2019 Awakening"


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14 January 2019

Monday Musings NATURE PRACTICE: “Image”

TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are simple practices for exploring the inner/outer landscape. 




Take a few minutes relishing an image of nature inside your home.








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11 January 2019

Grief and Nature

What I am beginning to experience these days is how deeply nature can be a balm for grief. 

Last year I might’ve rattled off a list of ways we can soothe ourselves in the natural world; and, those practices are helpful. But today I feel quite sure that it is the embrace of the cycles of nature that is as profoundly healing as actually doing something in nature.

In other words, I find that being in nature - as it is on this particular winter day - is simply enough for my grief. 

Stillness. 
Observation. 
Quietude. 
Announcing the day’s dawn or dusk in a whisper to myself. 
The unexpected turn of my attention to a fluttering out the window this morning: there in the branches was a flicker on the same limb where yesterday a varied thrush sat. 

It is the stepping back of perspective and feeling our place in the larger whole: repetitions and changes. An interconnected web that has transience at its dynamic core – in its smallest iteration (the death of an individual life, for example). And that interconnected web has constancy at its most grand scale (like the seasons, repeating). 

Life means death, and that passing away leaves space for something novel to birth and grow up.  

I find great comfort in the vastness and perpetualness of nature. 




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09 January 2019

Image of the Week

"Sweet Curves, Jagged Edges"


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26 December 2018

Image of the Week

"Rumination, Again"


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