March 12th, 2007
waking up

doing an interview this week has helped me to solidify some of my thinking on what i am attempting to do in this world. i don’t think one should ever be too solid in their thinking, as it puts one at risk for dogmatic thinking, and halts the investigative process. but it is helpful to step back from your own process from time to time and notice the connections between lines of thinking, concepts, and methods. i think i am noticing that my current methods involve being part scientific investigator, part philosopher, part ecopsychologist, and part artist.
the senses are what keep me connected to the natural world. i do not forget that at the root of my existence i am an animal. sitting in front of screens for too long dulls the senses and turns us into passive creatures disconnected from the earth. when was the last time we spoke to the animals outside our windows?
i have started to document the different bird calls in my neighborhood and notice the birds that make these sounds. yesterday we heard a new one, and looked up to see what appeared to be a baby hawk. it’s call was so strange and foreign to me. I wondered if native peoples of the area would have heard a message in it and have been able to speak to it in return.
as the snow continues to melt i am aware of the earth beneath my feet exhaling and throwing up that wonderful wet smell that tells you spring is coming. I notice more joggers now (needing to move their muscles after the winter), a few car windows cracked to let in the smell, and the tiny rivers of water running alongside the roads, (snow escaping the warm air).
early this morning the trickster ice threw me to the ground in a failed attempt at keeping spring at bay. but i got the last word as i looked at the ground an hour later to see him transformed into a pool beneath my feet. i showed him the bandaids on my right hand as a message. your time has come.
i am going out today wearing shoes instead of boots, to count the smells and feel the earth breathing again after a long sleep.

Mar 12 2007
2:46 pm
Rhonna writes:

I LOVE your way with words….
thanks for inspiring!

Mar 12 2007
3:41 pm
angel Shannon writes:

The sounds, the scents, the taste of spring! Isn’t it grand?!

Mar 12 2007
8:05 pm
Sabine writes:

that sounds absolutely splendid! Argh, this daylight savings time is messing up my “internal clock”. I’m used to waking up with the sun, not the moon and stars!

Mar 12 2007
10:36 pm
Velvet Brick writes:

‘good morning’ to you!
: )

Mar 12 2007
11:42 pm
littlepurplecow writes:

Few things in life are as unchanging as the change of the seasons. I’ve enjoyed studying the hint of tiny buds on bare branches. It fills me with a sense of hope and anticipation.

Mar 13 2007
2:06 am
Stephanie writes:

Love the David Abram quote, and yours, “sitting in front of screens for too long dulls the senses and turns us into passive creatures disconnected from the earth.”
This morning I walked barefoot on the cold morning grass when I took the garbage out, just to feel the bite of being alive.

Mar 13 2007
3:50 am
Sarah writes:

I walk everywhere, don’t drive, don’t own a car, and it always surprises other people how much I know about the neighbourhood.
I’m the opposite–it weirds me out how little people know about the area they inhabit. They’re living near the cutest baby pukekos in the world and don’t know it!

Mar 13 2007
6:33 am
switchsky writes:

Hooray for mud season!

Mar 13 2007
8:29 am
m writes:

Hi Keri
I sat outside on my garden bench (which is painted in stripes) and my cats stomped about my patio under my tree and I wrote my morning pages did a bit of work and realised how I HAVE to have this time outside its part of maintaining my mental health. Last winter I communted and hour a day and worked a full time job andnearly died from this lack of contact with ‘outdoors’ or ‘nature’ or what you call it.

Mar 13 2007
8:47 am
Cameo writes:

Great post. Spring is calling to me too. Last night I saw a rabbit hopping around our parking lot – the night before, I saw herds of deer grazing along the edge of the highway. All day I hear geese flying back up north. I’ve missed them!

Mar 13 2007
10:35 am
Bernard Farrell writes:

Thanks for this reminder of this great time of year.
I guess it’s the same around the US. Yesterday evening I went for a walk around our neighborhood with the children (eastern Massachusetts). Our grass is starting to reappear (gray and mushy ground, not very appealing yet).
The air feels fresher. The children are bursting with energy and spring is definitely in the air.
After a 20 minute walk and run, and 5 minutes tree climbing, we all came back home energized and looking forward to doing it again.
I can’t wait until the gray trees take on that tinge of red as their buds appear. Then the few weeks when our car is covered with yellow pollen. All leading into the glory of Summer.

Mar 14 2007
11:01 am
Geri writes:

Your words are beautiful – you saw things so well. Thanks.

Mar 14 2007
1:32 pm
dianna writes:

Mmmmmmmmmmm mud, singing birds, the sound of dripping, sap buckets on the trees, the reappearance of the compost bin — signs of spring for sure. Heavenly.

Mar 14 2007
4:50 pm
Wes C. Attle writes:

For the first time in a long time i went for a walk yesterday. for five hours. alone. it was great. and scary. exhilerating. but i did feel like i woke up a bit. and it’s interesting you bring up animals because i saw a lot of them yesterday. dogs and cats of course – on porches and in alleys, with varying degrees of trust and apprehension. crows and seagulls and many smaller birds i don’t know the names of. even a few geese. i did have the urge to say something to some of them but instead chose to just watch them as i walked past so i wouldn’t accidentally scare them off. i wonder when that turn was when there became a differentiation for people between “indoor” animals and “wild” animals. i’d guess it probably happened when people moved to foreign places. everything was new. maybe now with the internet we can help teach eachother and learn more about the animals in our region of the world. oh and here’s some neat bird trivia — eagles have lived in the same nest for up to 40 years. something i read on a plaque yesterday at a park. pretty cool, huh? :) take care!

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