The Peace of Wild Things

Beauty & Nature, Mindfulness

“The Peace Of Wild Things”
by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 


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The Gift of Presence, The Perils of Advice | On Being

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“This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” -Mary Oliver

Beautiful post from Parker Palmer on OnBeing.


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Beyond the Myths We Tell Ourselves, Big Love is Waiting

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
—Rumi

Wonderful, beautiful post by Ali Schultz on OnBeing.


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Hope

Beauty & Nature, Mindfulness

“Hope”
by Victoria Safford

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of self-righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges; nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna be all right,” but a very different, sometimes very lonely place, the place of truth-telling, about your own soul first of all and its condition, the place of resistance and defiance, the piece of ground from which you see the world both as it is and as it could be, as it might be, as it will be; the place from which you glimpse not only struggle, but joy in the struggle — and we stand there, beckoning and calling, telling people what we are seeing, asking people what they see.

Found here: Hope Is the Place Where Joy Meets the Struggle

 


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Math in Nature

Art, Beauty & Nature, Tools & Resources

I love math! I started working with some advanced math students last year and we incorporated some Math in Nature as part of our explorations.  Below are some links we found helpful.

General Resources

Maths Outdoors – http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/c/maths-outdoors/

Hexaflexagon –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIVIegSt81k

Honeycomb Conjecture

Honeybees Love Hexagons – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEzlsjAqADA

Hexagon Tiling – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HexagonTiling.html

Tessellation – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Tessellation.html

Honeycomb Conjecture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hnbfcWHLYc

The Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GoldenRatio.html

Golden Rectangles All Around Activity – http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Geom/around.html

Fibonacci Numbers

Fibonacci Number – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/FibonacciNumber.html

Doodling in Math – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahXIMUkSXX0 Notes and References: https://vimeo.com/147799854

The magic of Fibonacci numbers –https://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_the_magic_of_fibonacci_numbers#t-363498

Fractals

General Information and teaching ideas – http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/maths-outdoors/outdoor-maths-fractals-in-nature/

Fractal Foundation – http://fractalfoundation.org/

Nico’s Fractal Machine- Fractal Creator where you can stop and save an image of the fractal you made

https://sciencevsmagic.net/fractal/#0223,0090,1,1,1,0,1

African Fractals – http://www.csdt.rpi.edu/african/African_Fractals/applications4.html

Books

By Nature’s Design https://www.amazon.com/Natures-Design-Exploratorium-Book/dp/0811803295

The Magic of Mathematics

https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Mathematics-Discovering-Spell/dp/0933174993/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1490188530&sr=1-1&keywords=the+magic+of+mathematics

Of Interest

How to Draw with Math https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/how-to-draw-with-math/

 

 

 


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