“Sky Above, Earth Below, Peace Within,” – Anonymous
Today’s walk we might choose to go barefoot, taking mindful steps outdoors in warm weather. Connecting and feeling the earth beneath us, while slowing down our pace.
“Get yourself grounded, and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.”
– Steve Goodier
In the reference section you might note two films on grounding and earthing which have come out in the recent years past. If you are so inclined you may want to buy some earthing shoes and try them or barefoot walks yourself. The health benefits are vast and easy to access. Also note the reference section in order to point you toward Soft Star Shoes out of Eugene, Oregon.
A nice and simple mantra as you walk this week might be, breathing in “Love” breathing out” “Supported.” You may just feel a boost from the inside out.
Photo Prompt for the week: What is the ground like where you live? The director of “The Earthing film” walks across a hot desert. I live in a place where it is very damp, and muddy half the year. How might you photograph the terrain you walk across every day? Have you ever give it any thought? Do you walk on concrete paths, or step to the sides to try to walk on dirt and earth as much as possible?
For Journalers and Writers, here is a writing prompt for the week: Mindfully check in before you head out. Check in with your emotions, and your physical body.
Try all week to note if you see any neutralization, energy shifts or improvements when it comes to earthing and walking barefoot or with earthing shoes such as moccasins that you may already own.
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and taking photographs outside in nature. Thank you for joining me.
Movies on Grounding & Earthing
Grounded “An Epic Journey of Earthly Proportions”
The Earthing Movie “The Remarkable Science of Grounding”
Barefoot Walking in Sand Royalty Free:
"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave,” – Native American Dakota
Taking a deep breath in, imagine filling your cozy foxes’ den with sweet & smoky, fiery air before letting it float out of the large cave opening into the night.
Gather your blankets, your furry friends, and pillows around you.
*If you would like to breathe mindfully & deeply throughout this tale, you might imagine you are a fox. Each time you hear the chime of the singing bowl, throughout the story, simply use it as an audible prompt to pull your breath in deeply before letting it go. You might Take the chime as an opportunity to check in with yourself. There will be 12 total chiming opportunities to breathe deep and check in, enough to complete an entire scan of your body with your breath, if you so desire.
Joseph Campbell Said;
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, to accept the life that is waiting for us”
Ingrid Bergman said, “You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you that tells you exactly what to say, and then, what to decide.”
As of 2021:
The Red Fox on Planet Earth, is considered one of the largest in size of all true foxes.
There are between 9,840-19,200 remaining red foxe individuals worldwide as of the last count, though the population is currently decreasing. They live 2-5 years in the wild. They can be found in N America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Some Fun Facts I learned while researching this story:
The personality of the red fox is more akin to a cat than a dog.
Two types of foxes live in N Carolina: The Red & Grey Fox
You can observe foxes playing alone even with golf balls, or even with deer.
Most of the year, foxes live and sleep alone, aside from mating season. They are mainly solitary creatures.
As mentioned, foxes have amazing hearing. This helps them find food from underground.
They are very vocal with around 40 sounds, including a scream like howl that is spine chilling.
Photo Assignment for the week: There might be a group of you, who have access to photograph foxes, but most of us may not. As an alternative, maybe you have access to a coastal area, where you can photograph sand pipers, crabs and driftwood. If you were to use all your senses, what do they show you, as you adventure around with your camera at the ready?
A Journaler's prompt for the week:
This may surprise you as you write. Begin, pen in hand or keys under fingers and ask yourself; if you had the chance to find a Red Ruby that would gift you unlimited luck, clearing your life of all obstacles for 5 full years, would you want it? How much fun would life be, without achievement after struggle. How much joy might come if mountains need not be climbed,
or dreams no longer require effort to fulfill?
Adopt a Fox Conservation Notes: Help the Red Fox:
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Cheung, T. (2019). 21 Rituals to Ignite Your Intuition. Pg 150 & 177. Watkins Publishing.
Dragonflywoman. (2010, July 15). Sounds of the dragonfly.
Jockey Ridge. (n.d.). Www.Friendsofjockeysridge.Org. Retrieved April 13, 2021
Juniperfoxx. (2019, October 15). Instagram.
Killingsworth Environmental. (2020, August 31). Fox Facts. Www.Thebiggreenk.Com.
Native Trees N Carolina. (n.d.). Www.Gardenia.Net. Retrieved April 13, 2021
Riddle. (n.d.). Www.Athensscienceobserver.Com. Retrieved April 13, 2021
Riddles for Kids. (n.d.). Www.Rd.Com. Retrieved April 13, 2021
Wickipedia. (n.d.). The Red Fox. Www.Wickipedia.Org. Retrieved April 13, 2021
“Out with the Old, In with the New, Winds of Change I Welcome You!” Irish Blessing
Welcome to a mystical romp which occurs half way between the Spring Equinox, and the Summer Solstice. May Day is the first of the month; and in Ireland it has been celebrated for centuries – It is known as Beltane, or as the Festival and Celebration of the May Tree.
This special event in Ireland honors the mid spring season, with 7 weeks til summer.
Nature is always attuned and in balance.
As a participant in the cycles of the year, our own inner travels from winter are now blooming outward. The seeds below ground are sprouting through fertile soul; up, out and toward the sunlight.
In Ireland, on May 1st, Villages, Townslands and communities offer up a seasonal rite of passage by decorating Hawthorne trees, as well as the front gates of homes.
Our many months inside the dark inner caves of winter begin to fall away.
This meditation is a creative variation of the Irish celebration.
“If you believe in fairies, Beltane is a great time to leave treats out for them in your garden.” – Anonymous
Feel free to use this week’s mantra as you walk; Breathing in Sun Breathing out Light. The sun clears and renews you inside, and you send light out to the world, to bless your people, your home, the planet and the year ahead.
A Photo Assignment for the Week: You do not need to find a Hawthorne tree, to tie May ribbons on and decorations. Any tree will do. If you planted a potted holiday tree outside, you can bring it back to life with ribbons and flowers. Photos of your May trees could be fun images to share.
A Journal Writing Assignment for the Week: Simply ponder for a bit, what are your wishes right now for the year to come.
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and taking photographs outside in nature. Thank you so much for joining me.
Live Storytelling Sessions on Insight Timer each week: Wed, Th & Fri @thewondercompass
“Hollows are proof that something bad can become something good with enough time and care and hope" -Red
Disclosure: Mindful walks are taken at the discretion of the user. If you have any physical, mental or emotional health limitations, consult your physician before engaging in this activity.
“A solution will always float like a feather onto our floorboards, if we don’t forget to leave a window open.”
Do magical forces prod and nudge us to take care of the land and the Earth? Maybe so...
Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm wrote:
“Nothing is as it appears to be, and life is more fun than you first imagined. There is a hidden beauty and a hidden power in all of nature, as you open yourself to it, you will feel close to the earth....and the water.”
I’d add, in the practice of Wondering each day, look for the magic behind what you see. Nature has a way of showing itself in quiet waves and layers, like an onion. - MJ
For any Journaler’s and Writers, here is a Writing Prompt for the Week:
A Photo Prompt for the week: What on a hike might you see more deeply into if you stop, walk around it, sit with it and spend more time ? This could be anything in nature. From trees to bushes, rocks to creek-beds. Everything has layers. See if you can peel some back, and capture images that reveal a new perspective.
A reminder if you want to use this week’s mantra for breath work it is IN EARTH,
While you ground yourself, and breathing OUT SKY.
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and taking photographs in nature.
Goodnight where you are.....Goodnight Humans and Furry Animals....Goodnight to Half the Earth. Goodnight Planets and Stars. Goodnight Dreams.
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Kvideland, Reimund and Henning K Sehmsdorf, eds. Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1988.Mogensen, F. (2016).
Ancient Stories for Modern Times: 50 Short Wisdom Tales for All Ages (Spied.). Skinner House Books.