FAST WISDOM™ NEWSLETTER
By Lonner Holden
Harvest: Gathering, Preparing, Storing
Looking out my window a few weeks ago, I watched the squirrel who nests in the oak tree outside my front door balance on a branch and rotate with great dexterity an acorn in its paws. It systematically nibbled its way into the heart of white meat of the nut. I then watched it chew through another twig two acorns clung to and repeat the process. Later that morning as I left the house, I observed, scattered all over the ground under the tree, many small twigs with one or two leaves still attached and the open knob of an empty acorn dangling from each tiny autumn bouquet. This squirrel was busy.
As I drove around the Bay Area for the next few weeks, I noticed squirrels everywhere traveling between trees and little harvested acorn adorned twigs on the ground everywhere. It was clearly harvest time for squirrels.
This week, my squirrel neighbor seems to have vanished. No more acorn bouquets on the ground, no more busying about. I wonder, is it holed away in its nest already? The energy suddenly and dramatically shifted from industry to quietude.
Wrapping up summer project loose ends, I have noticed how my urge to stay at home has intensified. How going out, being in traffic and making all the externalized decisions required for simply accomplishing a few chores feels more overwhelming than just a few weeks ago. I am not as motivated to do them. I don’t feel as compelled to answer the phone or as patient when the doorbell rings.
It is as if the broad leaves of summer are folding in with me in the center of their cocoon, my senses and awareness turning inward. I want to be restful before feeling recharged.
The warmth of the day lasts fewer hours. The sun sets sooner. Night descends and lasts longer. Trees are in the early stages of becoming dormant.
Though the world goes on, are there ways you feel like drawing in, being quieter, more still? It’s simply nature moving through you, like weather moving through the atmosphere.
So why not just go with the slowing down which surrounds us, of which we are part? Look around and notice what was in motion before is now less so. What does it feel like for you to give permission to that spaciousness which is the passing away of momentum into feeling more parked? Does it feel somehow forbidden or alien? Maybe welcome? At what rate are the trees in your yard producing new growth? Probably not at all, unless they are citrus.
We lead with so much human gusto, we forget to become followers when nature invites us to let it take the lead. Imitating nature’s tempo might offer some simple lessons. We often tire ourselves out doing little when we are contradicting natural rhythms.
When has nature ever tired itself out? Maybe nature’s effortlessness is something to be observed, contemplated and cultivated; gathered, prepared and stored within ourselves for when the light of spring, of opportunity or even necessity goes on and we are more nourished to respond with a wiser, more vital and resilient self.
Jin Shin Jyutsu:
Restorative Nature Practice:
- Place your left hand to the center/side of your right neck, just off about the fourth cervical vertebra.
- Place your right hand on the right side of the chest just above the right breast. Maintain for about three minutes.
- Move your right hand down to the base of the right ribs. Maintain for about three minutes.
- Move your right hand to the right groin, in line with the knee cap. Maintain for about three minutes.
- Reverse for the left side.
- This sequences helps energy move down, towards the ground, and is calming.
- Place a stick in your yard exposed to the sun.
- Mark the end of its shadow in the morning, at noon, midday and just before sunset with a pebble.
- Repeat daily for a week.
- What happens to the shadows? What pattern do the pebbles make?
- In darkness the deepest rest takes place, and so the deepest rejuvenation.
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- As last month, the foods which gather energy as ground parked foods are the squashes, yams, sweet potatoes.
- Cut your choice of the above in half lengthwise, scoop out all seeds and place face down on foil on a cooky sheet.
- Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until a fork easily penetrates the meat of the fruit.
- Serve with a drizzle of olive oil or butter.
- Rich in minerals and concentrated nutrients, these seasonal foods provide a good source of energy.
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