We are fast approaching the darkest day of the year.
Have you sat quietly with nature and listened?
There's a message out there for you:
"Slow down, rest"
Now is not the time for doing.
Now is the time for quiet reflection and gratitude.
Now is not sowing, growing, or even reaping.
Now is rest.
As we end one cycle, the Solstice arrives and as that brief moment passes a new time of growth begins.
Take these next few days to slowly walk or sit peacefully in reflection and find a gratitude for this past growing season.
While out in the woods this autumn I was overwhelmed with sadness, all the trees I knew lay in mangled messes. The sights once so familiar were alien. So I sat with them and began to look around. The newly opened understory was full of teeny tiny oaks, finally with enough light to stretch up and grow.
I will never know those oak saplings as the old majestic beings that their mother trees were, but they will grow and generations from now they will be known.
A quiet settles over the forest
Only the sound of wind in the trees
shaking and rattling
the gentle creak of trees resting together
Around the bend squirrels rustle through the leaves
looking for the last fallen acorns
A squeak brings the eyes up
where stealthily a nuthatch climbs
to hide food in the heavy bark
of the old oak tree
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.