A prayer for Nepal

 

The Kathmandu Valley before the quake
The Kathmandu Valley before the quake

The news of the massive earthquake on Saturday in Nepal came as a huge and unwelcome surprise to us all. Nepal and its people are very close to my heart, after four trips there over the past seventeen years. It is my spiritual and my second home, so the news of such devastation and suffering left me feeling raw and in shock. My sense of disbelief and powerlessness has lingered into the days following the quake, as I hear about the death toll rising, the massive relief effort under way and gain a sense of the level of the destruction on the global news. The chaos and suffering caused by the quake is almost impossible to imagine, as I sit here writing this in my comfortable home, with access to every amenity possible, close at hand.

Yoga and giving

My sense of powerlessness has been somewhat alleviated by attending yoga class last night, where we collectively meditated and prayed, in our own way, for Nepal. I felt the positive energy and love in the room rise, even as I also cried inside. I sincerely believe in the power of healing through positive thoughts, so know our energies here will help. So often we suffer disaster/charity overload when we are constantly bombarded with disturbing images and words in the media, yet my feeling of helplessness was transformed into something far more positive during yoga.

I am also helping in a small way by donating money to ROKPA, a non-profit, non-religious charity based in Scotland’s Samye Ling monastery. ROKPA have for many years worked in Nepal helping Tibetan children, and following the quake have launched an appeal to help the ROKPA children’s home in Kathmandu. Please give a little to this charity, or any other collecting for Nepal, if you can.

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Woodland Adventurers head further afield

 

Walking into the woods
Walking into the woods

The sun was certainly shining down on us for our second Woodland Adventurers session this term, as we eagerly headed out into the woods, wearing even fewer layers than last week. We were greeted with a very welcome sight as we walked through the first field into the woods; what appeared to be hundreds of sheep with their newborn lambs, some of them only days old.

Sheep glorious sheep
Sheep glorious sheep

Indeed, it was surprising to see so many sheep in one place, even more so for the children who are welcoming only their third spring on this earth.

Fresh eyes

All the children were amazed by the sheep, particularly one little boy who kept repeating over and over again ‘more sheep‘, as if he couldn’t really believe his eyes. Yet another example of how when I adjust my viewing lens, the way I look at the world, and really connect and listen to what young children are actually saying, I am blown away by their wisdom and the many wonders nature presents us with everyday. Yes there were many sheep, and yes isn’t that amazing.

Splashing in the stream
Splashing in the stream

The children’s awe was infectious. All the adults stared at the sheep with fresh eyes, watching the lambs frolic, feed and follow their mothers. The one down side to these new arrivals was that we really had to watch our step, to avoid the many piles of sheep dung which littered our path! The stream proved very useful, therefore, for not only playing poo sticks in, but also washing sheep poo off our wellies! All the more reason to still wear over-trousers even in dry spring weather, to protect our clothing from animal dung as well as mud and brambles, which children are always attracted to and manage to find, even on very dry days. Continue reading Woodland Adventurers head further afield

Stepping into spring with the Woodland Adventurers

A new term

Playdough activity
Tessa and another little girl enjoying the playdough activity

The Woodland Adventurers returned from the Easter break with spring very much in their step. We both welcomed a new little boy into the group and waved another one off, as he progressed to Forest School. Welcoming in the spring with the milder temperatures and the drier ground underfoot, the birdsong overhead and the carpet of wild flowers opening below, it really was great to be back. The turn of the seasons means the children can stay out longer in the woods and explore further, with the added bonus of less outer clothing. Wonderful. Continue reading Stepping into spring with the Woodland Adventurers