While I was in school at ITEA (The Institute for Taoist Education and Acupuncture, in Louisville, CO), one of our main assignments throughout the whole program was to write a Nature journal every week. The assignment was simple – go out into Nature, and write about what you see. Doing this assignment every week allowed me to pay attention to Nature in a much deeper way – the subtle shifts of energy and form that happen from week to week are amazing teachers, showing us how Nature moves, and how life transitions from one moment to another, from one stage of life to another.
Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CFEA) always teaches from the very start of the learning that Nature is our greatest teacher. If we have a question about how acupuncture works, how life works, we go into Nature and find the answer in her displays of color, sights, smells, textures and forms. Even if we don’t have a question that needs answering, going out into Nature and finding stillness allows for the wisdom of Nature to permeate us – the more time we spend in Nature, the more deeply that wisdom penetrates.
Welcome to the Nature blog of Vital Traditions – I hope that this journal inspires you to go out into Nature more and more, and to learn from her ever present teachings.
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