As the leaves change colors and the trees become bare, it is apparent that in Fall we are transitioning from the vibrant energy of Summer into a more introspective time of rest and renewal in Winter. And just as the natural world around us moves into new seasons, we humans too go through many deaths and rebirths throughout our own lifetimes. In this week's blog, guest writer Denise shares her own experience of how mirroring the cycles of change in the forest provides guidance for connecting to grief and resiliency, which allows new life and hope to emerge.
Who hasn't felt that sense of calm that washes over the body when you find yourself next to a place of water? It is as though the water in our own bodies recognizes the body of water in front of us, and a sense of coming home occurs. Perhaps this is why it is easy to get lost in watching the ocean waves, the bubbling of a brook, or the current of a river. The sense of calm and ease is inherent in being next to water. In this week's blog, guest writer David Davis explores how incorporating time next to water is not only great for overall health, but especially for the health of seniors. May this piece inspire you to get outside and find a body of water to be next to, even if only for an hour. Enjoy!
Indigenous peoples from across the world have relied on the More-than-Human-World for messages and omens. The founding of Tenochtitlan, the ancient Aztec name for what is now Mexico City, is said to have occurred when the prophecy of witnessing an eagle attacking a snake. The birth of a white buffalo calf is heralded as a highly important spiritual event by many plains Native American tribes in the United States. Throughout time, animals and birds have represented archetypal human experiences, and their symbolic powers were revered and respected. In this week's blog post, ANFT Guide in Training and Staff Member Jenny Harrow shares with us her experience of this potent healing symbolism, and invites us to notice what creatures of the More-than-Human-World appear to us in our daily lives. Perhaps they are trying to send us a message, and it is up to us to simply notice them.
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