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Alex Douglas-Kane shares her experiences and understanding of Discover Nature Awareness

Saturday, 27 August 2011

The battle is between two wolves...

An old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people... He said, "The battle is between two wolves.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson asks "Which wolf Wins?" The old Cherokee replies "The one which you feed!"

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Rabbit Catcher

I was up in the woods one day with a group of boys, when one of them spotted a rabbit nearby. He looked at me, I could see by his face that he wanted to stalk it, I said to him go for it and remember what I said about peripheral vision. We had spent some time over the previous weeks playing games that taught them how to do silent movement.

He slowly removed his shoes, then he lowered his profile, stalking forwards on all fours. He was in peripheral and aware of the rabbit’s movements, several times he counter tracked the rabbit.

The rest of the group looked on in silence. I was stalking with him but in a wide arc, supporting him while he attempted to catch the rabbit. He was doing extremely well, moving slower and slower, his body hugging the ground more and more as he got closer to the rabbit.

Then the moment came, he had stalked to within one arms length from the rabbit, suddenly he switched back into tunnel vision and reaching out too quickly, the rabbit realised something was wrong, it spotted him and it was off on its toes.

The young man was disappointed that he had rushed it at the last moment, knowing that if he had taken his time he could have picked the rabbit up. However he knew where he had gone wrong, and in my mind he had clearly learnt an important lesson that day from his experience, the rabbit had taught him well.

Not bad for a twelve year old boy.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

This is what I see when people 'Meet a Tree'

Blind man demonstrates a phenomenon called 'Blind-sight' by navigating an obstacle course.

On the 23rd December 2008 the press reported that a. A man known only as TN who has completely lost his sight after suffering brain damage astonished scientists by being able to negotiate an obstacle course in what has been called a powerful demonstration of a phenomenon known as “blind-sight” which has been describe by the press as an eerie kind of sixth-sense.

It seems he can also react to the facial expressions of other people, brain scans have confirmed this. His brain apparently registers facial emotions such as joy, anger and fear. A professor Beatrice de Gelder, of the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands, who was in charge of the study, claimed that this was absolutely the first study carried out of humans having this ability.

Taking part in Meet the Tree in order to gain a new insight into ones inner landscape.

For all of you that have taken part in Nature Awareness take heart, science is not far behind you, at long last. It would be interesting to carry out our own study of what we know to be true based on our own experience of navigating woodlands blindfolded, namely during the 'drum stalk' and of course not forgetting ‘meet a tree’ and those of you who have also experienced the 'thread of intent' etc.

Anyone interested in learning more download my dissertation and enjoy and of course I would every much be interested in your feedback or join me on one of my course to experience first hand what is being called 'blind-sight'.

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