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[This episode can also be viewed at Anecdotal Anatomy on YouTube]
Theresa & Sherry take listeners (and viewers) on a walk through Five Mile Woods, a local natural sanctuary, complete with diverse flora, streams of water (in various wintry states), exposed root systems, a community of sky and earth fauna, and so much more. They went following a light, cold, winter rain, not expecting the flurries that later fell to keep things interesting (and slippery).
When paying attention, we can see the connections of the individual to the collective as reflected in the natural world. Nature provides a map and key to understanding the seen and unseen forces at play. Nature is in service of nature, and we are nature in pursuit of ultimate reality (if there is such a thing).
Taking the time to walk in conversation with each other, as well as the trees, earth, sky, and breeze, was the perfect tonic for cleansing the gunk of limited thinking. Expansive sky echoes expansive mind, while the earth keeps us grounded.
At one point during the walk, Sherry slips and goes down, a very human moment. Thankfully, she was not hurt but it reminds us that we can be as mindful and present as possible and still not be in control. Takeaways from the fall:
- Falling is scary – lean into that
- Falling is embarrassing – great reminder to be humble
- Falling can be funny – laughter is the best medicine
- Points always go to gravity!
The main thing that flows through this whole conversation, like water finding its way around rocks and sticks, is that thresholds are everywhere. When we see moments as potential portals to pass through, we remain present and fresh for unexpected possibilities. It is this awareness that allows us to deliberately choose the paths we walk.
Getting outside is a reminder of connection, abundance, beauty, and our nature as humans in relation to the natural world. Enjoy this walk in your ears or eyes, but let it touch your heart.
Our Amazing Team:
Judith George - Editor (video & audio)
Keith Kenny - Music
Cindy Fatsis - Photography