I've never done anything like this before...but today I committed an hour a day to work though an on line course in enhancing one's spiritual connection with Nature. I was first directed to the course through the postings I sometimes receive from the non-profit Gratefulness.org (worthwhile exploring in itself) - and from there to another site, Spirituality & Practice (run by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat), initially giving details of a course on "Living the Hours" - mindful living through following the medieval day-pattern of the Monastic Hours. But for now, Spirituality & Nature seemed to be more appropriate for me, as this time of the year is particularly conducive to a heightened awareness of the natural world for me. (So much to learn - so little time - "The Hours" will come later !)
I'm doing this study for several reasons - but mainly as a personal discipline and also to introduce myself in a more ordered way to more of the writings on the connection between the natural world and ourselves, for
future incorporation into my own writing courses, run here at Autumn Cottage.
The e-course costs hardly anything - around $19.00 US dollars, and for that I will receive 40 daily prompts and direction to further writings. I like the fact that prompts and suggestions are given out once-a-day, instead of all together, forcing me to pace myself and take time to go deeper into each piece of work.
I'll post some of the images here as more photo-essays...unfortunately, part of my commitment is that I do not re-post the original prompts - a fair enough request, (you could perhaps have fun trying to guess what the original question was!. I will, however, give some feedback at the end of the course, for those of you who may be interested in looking into one yourselves. Definitely no affiliation - just an enquiring mind who wants to know...more...and more...and more....:-)
Now - the results of my first day's exploration and enquiry.