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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.



11 December 2017

Monday Musings NATURE PRACTICE: "Outdoor Hearth"


TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are practices and quotations offering simple ways to explore the ecotone of the inner/outer landscape. 

  


Go to a safe, comfortable, very nurturing-feeling outdoor natural space in your yard or near your home. Huddle close—to a large rock, under a tree, near some brush or bushes, wherever you can feel secure—and allow the place to feed and hold you. Remember your human-animal self and become “at home” for a few minutes in the nature place you’ve chosen.







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08 December 2017

Reflections on Everchanging Interconnection

I am a beginning knitter. Yesterday I found my hands rhythmically moving in the spiraling figure-8s of my project. I was not as focused on each stitch as I was on the movements from row to row.

When I’m writing, I do not consider every letter of each word that I put on the page. I am focused on an idea or image I want to convey … those that I am feeling in my being.

This morning I photographed the fleeting moments of a beautiful sunrise. While the darkness of the night was shaken off at daybreak, the light that finally arrived in its fullness was a blued-white—no hint of the shiny rust-colored ball that appeared to levitate just above the horizon after first light.

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The scarf cannot exist without the individual knitted stitches, nor the manuscript without the alphabet. The sunrise is part of an everchanging landscape with no endpoint.


Interconnection breathes; it is momentary as well as constant. Whether I pay attention to the details (stitch, letter, orangey sky), the process (knitting, writing, sunrise), or the fabric of the whole (scarf, essay, landscape), interconnectedness still exists—the unseen yet palpable feelingweaving our lives together.

(Bare bones of a post from 12/09/11.)





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06 December 2017

Image of the Week

"Christmas Window"     Last weekend     Looking out a neighbor's window at the abundant gifts ...


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04 December 2017

Monday Musings WRITING PRACTICE: “Hunker”

TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are practices and quotations offering simple ways to explore the ecotone of the inner/outer landscape. 

 

Using a word - such as “hunker,” “cozy,” “hibernate” - as your prompt, write a short reflection about a time you settled in at home, near hearth and family, and felt really peaceful. Remember how creatures in natural landscapes (bears in torpor through the winter, for example) take time to replenish in their den or bedding-down place.






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01 December 2017

Gratitude to Generosity: A Pathway from One Year to the Next

Last week I posted here a recent article about gratitude. Now that it is the beginning of December, the holiday season is in full swing. I’m preparing to join with other handbell ringers to bring festive music into senior residences, churches, grocery stores, and to the infirm and shut-in. I want to live my gratitude in acts of beauty.

But I am also thinking already about the year to come. I am ruminating about the practices I would like to hone in the coming year (what many people call “resolutions”). And each December I take much-needed time to really ponder this. It entails reviewing this past year, finding the narrow constrictions I would like to breathe life into and to grow into, and exploring the pathways I can journey to accomplish this.

During this season of plenty I consciously shift from gratitude to generosity. I open my heart to that which I would like to grow in the world next year, and I open my eyes for the opportunities and means to do so.

Will you join me?

(Edited excerpt from a post six years ago.)



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29 November 2017

Image of the Week

"Circuitous Ambition"     Yesterday     In my garden bed amidst the cut-back lilies



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