Exploring permaculture with new eyes
She writes “The first step in practising permaculture is to observe. So this week, let’s start by observing nature. Take some time, step outside and observe everything around you. Look at sunlight patterns and the direction of plant growth. Are the plants in your area native and how does that affect their growth and care?
Make note of where water collects on your property and where it comes from. Observe the phases of the moon and consider how that affects the natural world. Pay attention to insects and birds … observe how their interaction with plants, animals and each other affects the environment. Then, come back here and report your findings. Were you surprised at anything you discovered? Will you make any changes based on your observations? We want to hear it all!”
Well I can’t wait to get stuck into this for a very personal reason.
Recently I’ve been struggling with my mental health. I’ve felt anxious, stressed and felt as if my life is out of control.
Last night I was woken from a dream which had such a clear and simple message: treat yourself with the compassion and tenderness you give to your child.
Wow! I woke up crying as I realised I have been beating myself up for years. My inner critic and perfectionist is relentless; she’s always telling me I’m not good enough, that my best isn’t good enough and that I need to do more and more and more…
The trouble is, the more I do, the more stressed I get and I forget to stop, smell the roses and focus on my achievements. I’m always chasing the next thing because my perception is that what I’ve just done isn’t good enough.
So you can imagine my inner child is really excited about this week’s challenge – I get the opportunity to switch off my mind, lay aside judgement and spend time with the greatest teacher and most compassionate and giving of beings in my life – Mother Nature.
I’ve forgotten to notice, I’ve become so wrapped up in my thoughts and emotions that I’ve identified with them and become them. I feel disconnected from the Universe and nature but, as crazy as it sounds, I’ve not known how to fix it. You know how it is when you are so emotionally attached to something you can’t see straight…
So here, thanks to the wisdom of small footprints, is my answer – nature!
I’ll let you know how I get on!
What about you; are you up for a week of noticing and being? Would your mind like a break from the busy-ness of life?