Noticing: How To Take A Walk In The Woods
Geege Schuman stashed this in Out of Doors
You already are a scientist. You have been since you were a kid playing with water in the tub, or screwing around in the backyard with dirt and sticks and stuff.
If you want to rebuild your inner-scientist-noticing-skills, the best place to begin is with a walk in the woods.
There are lots of reasons to take a walk in the woods. To get away from it all, clear your head, smell the fresh air. The problem, of course, is that even if we get ourselves into a park or a forest, we might still be so lost in our heads that we miss what's right in front of us. Practicing noticing, like a scientist, can change that by binding us to experience in ways that are thrilling, even in their ordinariness.
What a marvelous combination of words.
When I take a hike, I remind myself to allow the context of the place to impose itself upon me.
My phrase for that is "Be here now". A reminder to be present.