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Mah new best frawnddd!! I haven’t named him/her yet!! This gator is ‘bout 3-4 feet!! Definitely intrigued by mine and Tolkien’s presence lol. Love watching this gator glide through the water so gracefully. We need to do more to protect our wildlife. This may be a lake, but they belong in larger habitats, such as the Florida Everglades. Their natural home, we need to clean and restore the flow! #natureisbeautiful #allcreaturesarebeautiful #alligator #floridagator #gorgeous #lakeview #floridabeauty #newfrawnd #cueeriemusic #gracefulswimmers #protectwildlife #freedom_preservationofthewild #protectfloridagators #restoretheflow #floridaeverglades
Take me back to paradise. Hidden oasis in Florida. Blowing Rock Preserve in 📍 Jupiter, FL #naturallimestone #hiddengem #floridacoast #protectouroceans #dosomething #environmentallaw #environmentalprotection #blogger #newblogger #environmentalblogger #natureisperfection #freedom_preservationofthewild #blowingrockspreserve #naturalrock #atlanticocean #floridacoast #floridagirl
Always a wonderful adventure. Get outside, explore and find your love of nature. Pure bliss 💙 #hiddengem #floridabeaches #floridabeauty #nofilter #preservation #preservationisbetterthanconservation #floridacoast #blowingrocks #blowingrockspreserve #hightide #needtogoback #limestone #floridalimestone #natureisbeautiful #freedom_preservationofthewild #innerhippe #protectourplanet #newblogpostcoming #blogger #environmentallaw #animallaw
Okay, I'll admit it, I hate salads. Yes, I said it!! I was a ballerina for so long that I was forced to eat salads all the time. However, going meatless does not necessarily mean you HAVE to eat them all the time. It does mean that you can make them more fun! I know I have been away for a while and I apologize if anyone is still out there!! [ 217 more words ] https://fighttofreedomandpreservationofthewild.com/2018/08/06/meatless-monday-chronicles-who-says-salads-are-boring/. #salads #meatlessmonday #meatlessmondaychronicles #freedom_preservationofthewild #newblogger #newblogpost #nomeat #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #checkoutnewblogpost #saladlovers #nomeatsalad #yummy #nomnomnom
Sorry I have been away! Just taking exams that take over your life, I will be back posting this week!! Channeling my inner Pocahontas ... the colors of the wind are already tatted on me, but had to really feel it through my hair. #innerhippie #colorsofthewind #innerpocahontas #redhairdontcare #purplehair #pinkhair #redandpurplehair #pochahontas #wavesfordays #wavyhair #curlyhair #allsmiles #idotitforme #brightcolors #embodyyourwildnature #happylizzie #savetheenvironment #protectoutplanet #freedom_preservationofthewild
https://www.facebook.com/donate/678095942582534/ For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to Wildlife S.O.S. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the founder's (Kartick Satyanarayan) of this incredible organization at the Animal Law Conference a few years ago. They are located in India. However, the work they do has impacted all wildlife in India as well as the poor people. They help to teach them not to use wildlife in order to earn money from tourists. They have taught them to earn money from real jobs. Most importantly they rescue animals from all situations and provide them a safe haven. They fight in India's court system and help to promote better legislation. They may not be a rescue in America, but they are probably on of the hardest working organizations world wide and deserve our respect. We can learn a lot of this organization and its hardworkiing people! MY favorite animal is the Bengal Tiger and they are going extinct. As are many animals all around the world. Please if you can, donate to Wildlife SOS. You are not only helping in the rescue of innocent sentient beings, but you are providing for their safety. Thank you all!! I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. #wildlifesos #wildlifesosindia #karticksatyanarayan #protectwildlife #indianwildlife #everydollarcounts #pleasedonate #awareness #educate #compassion #rescue #wildliferescue #animallaw #animallawconference #animallawconference2015

Philosophical Moment: Just Stop and Listen

Have you ever just stopped to listen to the sounds all around you? To inhale and exhale the scent of the earth? Yes, the earth has a unique smell. In the morning, when the ground is full of dew, there is a certain scent. Then as the day wears on and the sun is beating down, there is a different more neutral scent. At dusk and nightfall, the earth yet again, smells different with the coolness of the air.

As the morning comes, the earth is stirring during feeding time for most creatures. Listening to birds as they sing to each other. Right now it is Spring in Florida. I am lucky enough to live in an area where we have “woods” in the back. In the rainy season there is a creek that forms and we get to see turtles, frogs in every stage of life, to predatory birds, babies that are bunnies, birds, small fish, and so much more. On my runs, with Tolkien of course, we spot eagles soaring above us. They are indeed majestic.

When I run, I use that time to reconnect with nature. I block out everything from the day, all the stress of the modern world. I just allow myself to literally become one with nature. I find myself just as inquisitive as my pup, as we go on trails. We both look for alligators (duh, it is Florida), in the canals, or different fish and even snakes! This is time to listen to the wind as it moves through the trees. I’ll get all “Pocahontas” for a minute…I do “Listen to the colors of the wind” and (“Listen with your heart” is tattooed on me). Something about the meaning behind that song has always resonated with me since I was a child. It is a beautiful story the earth has to speak to us, we just have to listen.

Even with the cars on the street driving by as we run, it is easy to tune them out and just focus on my breathing and what the earth has to offer. When I listen to the sounds of the wind, rustling of the leaves on the ground, the crunching of sticks and brush by animals hidden from sight, it brings a sense of awareness. We are not alone. Other sentient beings exist and live among us. It is very easy to forget that in our mundane lives. Just because you have a pet, it does not equate to connecting with your inner soul and the earth. Most of our animals are our family and are given a sense of privilege already, so they do not count.

Take at least one day a week to go outside and just, listen. Listen to the sounds of the earth. If you do not live somewhere where you can just go in your yard, then go to the park, beach, river, lake, forest, whatever natural area you can find. Take a notebook, and just sit and listen. Write down what you hear.  Write down how you feel. Is there a new sense of self? Sense of awareness? Awareness of yourself or of other things? Sense of peace and harmony? I would love for you all to come back and write on this post and share what you experienced. It is amazing what one day in nature can do for your sanity, hectic life, and just a self-love project.

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2 comments on “Philosophical Moment: Just Stop and Listen

  1. tingsha says:

    This is such a nice post! I’ve just been listening to the red kites flying above our garden and now the crickets-everything seems to come alive in the evening!

    1. Thank you so much!! It really is beautiful just taking the time to relax and listen.

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