Finally, the weather cooperated and New Yorkers were able to get outdoors and not get soaked. We've had many weeks of rain on the weekends so whenever the sun appears, we go to mountains, beaches and parks and welcome the warmth.
We go to the trees.
Weekends indoors were "productive" for us. We could catch up on reading, laundry, and cleaning out the garage. We could reconnect with creative projects: write, paint and slowly cook a meal.
I made a tree: https://linktr.ee/stefaniemaura
The Bryant Library in Roslyn, NY planted a Linktr.ee recently and introduced me to online silviculture. Share your tree with me if you have one!
Anyway, thinking of trees, which I do a lot, my attention goes to the roots. They grow in winter when the trees are bare. They live under our schools and houses. They do the unseen work.
This week's prompt is all about the roots.
WRITING YOGA® PROMPT #2022: The Opportunities of Rooting
In yoga and meditation we often speak of "monkey mind." It's as if a monkey is swinging in your gray matter while your focus tries to follow. Good luck following that monkey. All you can do is slow it down because there will always be distractions.
My students created a pollinator garden at our school and when the first butterfly appeared last week I thought of that monkey. It didn't swing from trees, but rather flew from one flower to another very quickly and in no apparent order. The kids were amazed.
Back in the library, we thought of that beautiful, busy butterfly. Could it help us to quiet our bodies and brains?
If the thoughts are a butterfly, and there are so many plants to land on, how do you choose where to rest?
Let's figure it out using this week's prompts.
LUMI SIT: Butterfly Mind
Eventually, the butterfly will settle. It will find the plant with the best pollen, spot...