The Shift Doctors (TracyLatz M.D. & Marion Ross PhD.) have had the opportunity to take a wonderful Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant course in the mountains of North Carolina with Richard Cleveland, the Founder of The Earth School. During the past 17 years Richard has taught nature awareness and survival skills to thousands of people of all ages. He is an avid outdoorsman, fishing guide, writer, public speaker and a self-trained Naturalist. Some have called him “The Upstate’s Survivorman.” He teaches children as well as Navy Seals nature awareness and advanced self-reliance skills.
Richard’s Vision for Earth School is to create an environment where people can learn, share and respect the many gifts of Nature to connect with their roots (Mother Earth) once again. In this article, Richard describes a type of mindfulness practice which, with intention, can assist in reducing anxiety, pain, and stress. When using Richard’s technique, it is important to just be, observe and create awareness.
The Sit Spot – “An Experience for Life”:
Here’s a great idea to enhance your Nature awareness skills and it works for everyone! I call it a “sit spot”, (or “secret place” when I teach it to children). The good news is you usually don’t have to travel far. Here’s the concept…find a slightly out of the way place on your property, or perhaps at a nearby park and simply sit down, relax and just observe. You can even bring a chair if you’d like, though I prefer to sit on the ground to connect more directly with Mother Earth. This is a place that you should go to several [Read more…] about Nature Awareness & Mindfulness: The “Sit Spot”