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Today’s challenge:
Fall more deeply in love with the world… with a place, an object, with whatever you are more deeply observing. Feel the barriers begin to fall away, so it no longer is an it, but becomes a thou. Every journal page can become a song of love and connection with the world. Use all the tools in your toolkit to walk across that bridge and fall more deeply in love. You can do an INIWIRMO (I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of) to fall in love with the world, but you can also turn it inward to yourself.

Mary Oliver

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.

Richard Brodigan
Your Catfish Friend

If I were to live my lifein catfish forms
in scaffolds of skin and whiskers
at the bottom of a pond
and you were to come by
one evening
when the moon was shining
down into my dark home
and stand there at the edge
of my affection
and think, "It's beautiful
here by this pond. I wish
somebody loved me,"
I'd love you and be your catfish
friend and drive such lonely
thoughts from your mind
and suddenly you would be
at peace,
and ask yourself, "I wonder
if there are any catfish
in this pond? It seems like
a perfect place for them."

Join John Muir Laws each morning of the conference for a greeting, a poem, and that days' Nature Journal Challenge! Complete your challenge and post a scan or good photo (cropped) of your page on the Nature Journal Club on Facebook and be sure to tag it #wildwonderchallenge and #wildwonderconference. 

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John Muir Laws

Naturalist, Artist, and Educator, Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art
John Muir Laws (aka Jack) is a principal leader and innovator of the worldwide nature journaling movement. As a scientist, educator, and author, Jack helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding... Read More →

Sunday October 11, 2020 8:30am - 8:45am PDT
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