nature

Squirrel in Reverse

2018-10-10T15:11:17-05:00

By Laura Mills       I plopped into my car after bringing my daughter to a class. 1pm and I was already beat…. And it hadn’t been that extraordinarily busy of a day so far, either—only that after the craziness of the last few weeks I had lost track of the day and the time and, it seemed, life in general. This day I was lucky to have managed my daughter’s drop-off at the correct time in the appropriate place.     While I stared out the window, catching my breath, a squirrel approached my car from across the parking lot—then appeared [...]

Squirrel in Reverse2018-10-10T15:11:17-05:00

Still Winter?

2018-10-10T15:11:49-05:00

By Laura Mills      A tree stands just outside my bedroom window—it’s so close that when it has leaves, they actually press against the glass. One morning last week, while having a particularly difficult time getting out of bed, I happened to glance out the window and see tiny buds. With the weather having yet to consistently approach anything spring-ish, the sight surprised me; my first reaction was to think to the tree, “Put those away! The cold will kill them!”     Weather each season can vary tremendously year to year, of course, but still nature always adheres to its [...]

Still Winter?2018-10-10T15:11:49-05:00

Still Winter? (Part 2)

2018-10-10T15:11:49-05:00

  By Laura Mills     Last week—nearly one month after my blog about first noticing the buds on the tree outside my window—I noticed a few green grass blades poking through the ground. And each day since, I’ve seen more and more. The bare spots in my yard are filling in, and slowly the flat brown patches are giving way to a much-more-lively green spread. This year, as are most of us, I’m sure, after the record-breaking winter, I’m more excited than ever to observe these changes.     But also, I confess: I couldn’t have wished for a more appropriate [...]

Still Winter? (Part 2)2018-10-10T15:11:49-05:00

Mantra for March

2018-10-10T15:12:04-05:00

  By Laura Mills        Gloves, hats, and scarves in March? Maybe…but so late in March? With spring’s arrival, spring break approaching, and Passover and Easter right around the corner, the extra-frosty air and brutal wind seem quite out of place. Sure, we had a stretch of really mild weather back in December when we expected cold…now that the weather is “supposed” to be warming up, though, the cold just doesn’t seem to want to leave.     But yogis, take heart! 2013’s weather so far has much to teach us. The lingering cold invites us to continue our practice beyond [...]

Mantra for March2018-10-10T15:12:04-05:00

Fall Flow

2018-10-10T15:12:29-05:00

  By Laura Mills   Even though I enjoy the fall, at this time of year I notice a tremendous decrease in my energy. Yes, I do believe that to feel my best I should attend to nature and follow its cues on cycling with the world around me. However, in spite of this and in spite of my sentiment for fall, I find I hold tightly to summer; among other things, I still eat lots of cold foods and drink many cold beverages, and I don’t always utilize the extent of my fall outerwear. No wonder that this year so far [...]

Fall Flow2018-10-10T15:12:29-05:00

Temporary Treasure

2018-10-10T15:14:35-05:00

As the weather transitions at this time of year, I start to droop much like the potted flowers on my doorstep. I hunch over, cross my arms, bundle up as much as I can, curl up into the smallest space possible at every opportunity, and desire more than anything to stay indoors until the next warm, sunny day. So when Nature blesses us with that once-in-a-while Golden Day, I rejoice. We've had a few recently: fall days when the sun highlights everything with an extra glow and the slightly-more-comfortable-than-usual air hugs us like an old friend when we step outdoors. They're [...]

Temporary Treasure2018-10-10T15:14:35-05:00