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Earth Day Celebration at Kripalu

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.” ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Earth Day should not really be celebrated one day a year – it should be something we celebrate and give thanks to every day. Mother Earth is our home – we should honor and care for everything she blesses us with knowing life would not be without her blessings.

Feeling grateful to have shared in The Language of the Earth program at Kripalu. We spent the weekend exploring nature, hugging trees, learning how animals interact with nature, and planting a tree.

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~ John Muir ~

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”  ~ John James Audubon ~

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  ~ John Muir ~

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In the center of the tree you will see markings on the tree from squirrels. It was interesting learning how to read the animal signs in nature.


There were so many places where people visiting Kripalu stop to meditate, relax, and hold rituals. Such a peaceful location to visit and spend a weekend or week.

“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.” ~ Thomas Fuller ~

We each wrote a note to Mother Earth and buried them with the tree. Can’t wait to return to see how the tree is growing over the next few years.

The view of the lake from Kripalu was beautiful and the two little birds came to visit me this morning while I was drawing a tree while sitting at the table.

DSC_0818.jpg“Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” ~ Anonymous ~

During our last adventure in nature today I noticed this tree growing out from a fallen tree. This is why it is important to leave fallen trees as they continue to feed other trees in the forest. Old growth forests should be left alone and unfortunately they have been destroyed over the years due to ignorance. It is time to pay attention to the message of nature. Trees are sentient beings – A sentient being is one who perceives and responds to sensations of whatever kind – sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell. Sentient ultimately comes from the Latin verb sentire, which means “to feel” and is related to the noun sensus, meaning “feeling” or “sense.”

“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Did you get out in nature on Earth Day? Do you feel peaceful and relaxed when walking in nature?

I am planning a sharing of Forest Bathing with a small group of people in a local wooded area in the near future. If you are interested in experiencing this wonderful event please send an email to spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com.

Love and Light!


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WPC – Solitude in Nature

This week, show us what being alone means to you.

This week’s subject reached into my heart because solitude is a large part of my life, even when with others. Everyone needs time for solitude however it is not enjoyed by all. Love of silence isn’t loved by all either. Many people put on background noise so they don’t have to feel they are alone. For me, the constant ringing in my ears causes me to yearn for quiet in my solitude.

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“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.” ~Jack Kerouac ~

When in solitude in nature, take off your shoes and socks. Allow your feet to kiss Mother Earth – earthing/grounding – connecting you back with your source energy. It is uplifting for your health and soul.

Walking in solitude in nature allows the viewer to travel at their own pace, with time to stop and allow nature to show itself in wonderful ways. Maybe even have a dragonfly or two land on you to say hello or a deer to pop her head out from the tree. Many of these visitors enjoying their own solitude.

“It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

Do you ever take off your shoes and connect with nature? Take walks along a hidden path in solitude? If you haven’t tried this or live in an urban area I would highly recommend this experience. Remember, nature is not quiet and sometimes can be quite noisy especially at dusk in the summer. Once you try it on your own and survive the experience it can become addicting. A healthy addiction  and a habit that you may not want to quit.

If you would like to see other entries for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, please click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/solitude/

Love and Light!


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This past weekend the computer and cell were with me but put to the side as nature called my name. It was a spontaneous decision to spend the weekend with ocean, bays, sand, walking, kayaking and being one with nature in Rhode Island. The three hour trip was well worth it.

Prior to heading out, I read that this week’s photo challenge was Beneath Your Feet. I knew my camera would come in handy at the beach but I didn’t realize how the challenge would open my eyes to new discoveries I may have missed if not mindful of what to be on the look out for. With camera in hand, I went in search and found some nice shots for this week’s challenge starting with what was beneath our feet. Enjoying the earth beneath me, shoes off, allowing my body to become grounded was very energizing.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.”

Being one with nature it seems only fitting to add some photos of birds enjoying their habitat and taking a look at what was beneath their feet. The wildlife was spectacular, especially while kayaking. Birds pose nicely for photos if you slowly glide along the water causing little noise. They appear to walk on the water beneath their feet as you can see from the photo below.

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Water beneath feet in Bristol, RI

It was amazing to sit back and watch the show – better than any television show. The sounds of the birds singing and calling out to one another. The mother protecting her large nest as she flew around and around the small island, dive bombing to the water in warning not to get any closer. Then she would perch on the limb outside of the nesting area to keep watch. In the grassy area, dragonflies darted past too quick for my camera to capture. The birds were easier models.

Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed snapping them. When we slow down, we see the world around us with new eyes and ears. Living mindfully in nature one day at a time.

Love and Light!


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Happy Earth Day – Everyday

Happy Earth Day!! I decided to repost this to celebrate today.

When I saw this photo and quote it seemed quite fitting with an earlier posts that had a photo of my grandson and daughter standing barefoot at the beach. I always knew being barefoot in nature was good for me but never heard the term Earthing until recently and now this term comes up regularly.

Hibiscus Moon Earthing. Cures just about ANYTHING. Have you tried it?

This photo expresses exactly how I feel when walking barefoot. Now that the cold weather is leaving the northeast I am once again enjoying the benefits of walking barefoot and connecting with the energy of the earth. I hope that you will give it a try.

On the celebration of Earth, think about what you can do to rejoice in nature and show gratitude for this beautiful Earth we live on. The only one we have and think about the footprints you are leaving behind for the next generation. Here is just one post of many that can be found with a Google search on what we can do to save our planet.

http://upliftconnect.com/plant-tree-earth-day/

If you are interested in learning more about small steps you can take to save the earth and earthing there is an abundance of information on the internet. If you live in a warm part of the world, take off your shoes and see if you feel the beneficial effects of connecting with nature. Let’s take the necessary steps so future generations can enjoy Earth and all the beauty and life sustaining nature resources.

Love and Light,
Sandy