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.
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!
Sometimes one of the most challenging experiences in life is to just let go. In this week's blog, guest writer Jessica Collins shares a childhood memory of learning how to navigate a ropes course, which ultimately unfolded into becoming her first experience with really listening to the forest and learning how to trust. By tuning into the quiet and subtle wisdom the forest provides, Jessica was able to release her fear and jump into the unknown.
This week, Clare Kelley explores darkness as a positive and restorative facet of the natural world, and shows us ways that we can learn and heal from it.
"Sit Spot" is the practice of finding a place in nature to sit quiet and still, allowing the senses to be flooded by the environment. This week, Corinne H. Smith teaches us how to get the most out of this experience by helping us notice all the subtle nuances of our surroundings.
What role does nature play in alleviating emotional and psychological trauma in people? This week, Risto Heikkinen shares a very personal story about his journey into the woods, where he moved through the darkness of depression and into the light of a more present life.