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AEDM 3: Follow the path into the wood

AEDM 3: Follow the path into the wood

Tammy November 3, 2013 5 comments

Go.  See there?  the fallen tree over the babbling brook singing to you of adventure.  At that, the mossy trail.  Follow it to and down the leafed path.

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Greet the old man who has something to tell you – and listen.  He will teach you how never to be hungry.

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Practice the skills he has shared with you so that when you are alone, or afraid, you will know just what to do.

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Lay the sticks for the fire just so.  There must be spaces but not too much.  Fire, like people. needs room to breath as well as elbows to touch in companionship.

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Gather the magic food that will sustain you.  Chant a small thanksgiving to the forest sprites who have delivered it, who guard the supplies, who are being gracious in the sharing of their holy bounty.

Ask the fire to warm you as it warms your food.  Ask the fire for the blessing of wild things that maintain care of their power.  Acknowledge the ability of all things to hold safety and harm at the same time.

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Enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Whisper “thank you” to the bees that kissed the flowers, the trees that ripened the fruit,  the hands that milled the flour, and the roads that bore the travelers who labored to bring you this feast.  And whisper “thank you” again.    Put a share in the crook of the old tree with the nest in its branches, so that forest folk (fairy and imp, bird and butterfly) may also not go hungry.

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When you are finished, when you have eaten your fill and shared your meal, put the fire back to sleep carefully, leaving the forest, the old man, and your experience in peace.

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Travel back by the leafed path, then over  the mossy trail, and across the fallen tree above the babbling brook that sings you home.

 

 

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Comments

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  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    November 3, 2013
    Tammy

    I love this story, Tammy – and the photos are gorgeous as well. Beautifully done.

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    November 4, 2013
    Tammy

    Thanks Julie!

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    Betsy
    November 4, 2013
    Tammy

    Love this!

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    sherri sundberg
    November 4, 2013
    Tammy

    Love day three girl—-having a fire in the backyard next sun to welcome my son and hia wife and to share my Greek pictures..chilli and pulled pork and outside bring a chair and your drink. starting around 2 no tv for footballers..maybe you and hubby will feel like a ride.miss you looking forward to ea art day….did i miss the link to the two days i missed???hi tech???!!!

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    November 10, 2013
    Tammy

    I read this in my email and I keep going back to it, love it 🙂

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