mindful moments in the woods

We each went to our own secret place in the woods near RiverHawk for moments of mindful awareness very early on Friday morning. These are some of the mental images and memories that came back with us… things that we saw, heard, and felt.dscn0353

  • thick blades of grass with dewy hairs
  • bird noises all around me
  • the smell of wet grass and soil
  • lost acorns scattered across the ground
  • the mist from my warm breath floating through the air
  • the small peep of sunlight through the trees
  • the feel of the moist air on my skin
  • the waddle of a ground hog as it scurried across the field
  • the shade of the trees slowly receding as the sun rises
  • soft brown leaves on the ground
  • soft moss on the tree stumps
  • the distant screeches of a jay
  • steam floating up from the riverdscn3001
  • the peaceful river
  • little and big spider webs
  • big and small trees
  • plants peacefully growing in the moist soildscn0348

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • a little toad sitting so still
  • squirrels looking around for food
  • the sunshine making things look happy
  • me, sitting still and feeling calm
  • the flowing river
  • so many types of birds and bird songs
  • the river’s terrain…trees and cattails surrounding it
  • bugs scooting around on the water
  • the feel of a smile starting on my face because I am alone in the woods
  • trees, more trees, all kinds of trees…tall
  • grasses of different colors_dsf0011
  • the smell of the air
  • cool breezes
  • chipmunks and birds doing their own rapping
  • perfect temperature
  • light blue sky
  • bird tweets, squaks, sandhill crane bellows
  • bird vines, repeating and repeating_dsf0011
  • serrated leaves, pointed leaves, dark and pale green leaves
  • rushing water sounds, water gliding over rocks
  • bubble colonies floating on the river
  • cool air on my face and in my in-breath
  • mist rising from the river_dsc5586
  • completely still lily pads
  • reeds and cattails all standing so still all crowded together
  • wispy clouds, one shaped like a crescent moon
  • ever so slightly moving clouds
  • a toppled over tree from long ago with its arm-like branches reaching up
  • a red winged blackbird perched on the the very tip top of a river weed, perfectly balanced

 

 

I am so grateful that we have this space (mentally and physically) each week to commune with nature, to feel the wonders of our Mother Earth and all she provides.

Tien Stone Langlois, Scholars Together Learning Community

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