Message 7

Activities

By popular demand, here’s a legendary song shared by Annie about penguins. It will keep you warm when you are cold, and it will keep you joyous and silly when you are feeling low and would appreciate some magic.

Here are the lyrics:
Have you ever seen a penguin drinking tea? 
And if you look at me a penguin you will see!

Penguins unite, penguins begin!

Watch this hilarious video of our friend and instructor Patrick and his family harvest maple water to make syrup in honor of their ancestors.

The days are getting longer as we just passed by the spring equinox (March 19th). The sun is now rising slightly north of due east and setting slightly north of due west. Soon our ears will be full of bird and insect sounds, and the memories of fall and winter will decompose and return to soil. It’s the last chance to savor the beauty of the senescing part of the cycle of life! Special mission: make a bouquet of dried plants! Find some beautiful plants from outdoors, take them in to dry them, then find a rope to bundle them up and a pretty container to put them in. Send us a picture of what you gathered! Can you identify the different plants? Did you see the next generation of that species sprouting up next to the older one?

Resources

Maybe you or someone you know who would appreciate this resource:
“We are a group of young people who have come together to form VolunteerAtlas, an interactive map to connect healthy volunteers with folks in need of help. Our goal is to create long-term mutual-aid partnerships between members of our community through a centralized database, so that we can build resilience for Covid19 and beyond!”
Sign up if you are:
  • A healthy volunteer, looking to help out and make a long-term connection
  • Self-quarantined and in need of essential goods delivered to you
  • We want to help all different kinds of folks – elderly, frontline workers, those already sick and self-isolated, those with weakened immune systems or with chronic illness.

The Quebec government’s web platform The Open School went online last Monday, allowing schoolchildren and their parents to carry out activities while classes are suspended for the COVID-19 crisis.
Check it out here: https://www.ecoleouverte.ca/en/

Reflections

We sometimes tell youth before we do sit spots (where you sit in nature and observe for 15 – 50 minutes) that this is the hardest survival skill we’ll practice all day. Sometimes they laugh! But then they learn why. We aren’t used to it! This quote reminds us of some of the opportunities in slowing down and being present.

Stop trying to heal yourself, fix yourself, even awaken yourself. Let go of letting go. Stop trying to fast-forward the movie of your life, chasing futures that never seem to arrive. Instead, bow deeply to yourself as you actually are. Your pain, your sorrow, your doubts, your deepest longing, your fearful thoughts…are not mistakes, and they aren’t asking to be healing. They are asking to be held. Here, now, lightly, in the loving arms of present awareness.

― Jeff Foster