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connects human sensibilities to the intelligence, spirit and
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A Course Participant's report:
I went for a walk with my dog,
Ronnie, to Green Lake which is a block away from my house. There
are docks all along the Lake shore and where I was there is a
little peninsula that sticks out into the water. The dock I walked
out on is parallel to the little island peninsula.
As soon as I stepped onto the
dock I did the activity that helps me obtain permission from
the lake to visit it. It said yes! I was literally greeted by
swallows, red winged black birds. As I looked to the left in
the tall cattails I saw a very large 3 foot by 3 foot nest. (It
was a swans nest. ) I could see that two of there eggs had been
rolled off the nest. apparently these did not hatch. I looked
out on the water and saw Mr. & Mrs. Swan were out on the
water with their new little family of four signets bobbing gracefully
along. I decided to sit on the dock and just watch them for awhile
when I heard a noise to the left of us. It was a little muskrat
swimming out of the cattails. He looked at us and just went about
his business. Then another surprise was the 3 sets of Canadian
geese and 2 sets of their babies came down to the waters edge
along with a set of domestic farm ducks that have taken up residence
there with the Canadian geese. These domestic ducks are a little
larger than the Canadian geese and they don't seem to care .They
all hang out together.... it is amazing.
The strongest sensory attraction was the swans. I have always
admired them. I also related to them since I was a little girl
because of the story That Hans Christian Anderson wrote...( The
Ugly Duckling), because I always felt like one.
I am attracted to the swans because I can feel their power, beauty,
elegance and dedication to family.
I love the swans because their feathers are white and this reminds
me of the purity and strength of heart they possess.
Then, as instructed, I applied my natural attractions to my own
nature. This helped me discover that I like myself because I
can feel my power, beauty, elegance and dedication to family
and I like myself because I can feel my purity and strength of
This makes me feel incredible.
It has taken me 50 years to learn to like my self. My adolescent
self-esteem was as low as the butt of a snail. It has been a
long haul but I think I can safely say that I have at last found
the power, beauty, strength, elegance, the purity of heart of
my true nature. I have always had dedication to family.
I never learned to look inside myself very much to see what beauty
lies there in my natural self. I see beauty in so many other
people and in nature, but I have negated what I now know I carry
in my own soul. This was a real eye opening exercise!! It enhanced
my self worth ALOT!!! It taught me to look at my insides a little
more and appreciate the gifts that nature has given me. Nature
boosts your self-esteem. When your self-esteem is healthy and
you know you are a part of the greater whole through connecting
with nature you are much more at peace with yourself and the
world around you.
Now, I teach my adolescent
students to look at what they are attracted to in nature and
how to find it in themselves. It's always there, it's the part
of themselves that finds and values their connections with nature.
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