How can we share this wisdom with our children? One way is by keeping a seasonal nature table. This hallmark of Waldorf education invites children to pay close attention to seasonal rhythms — and perhaps even notice their own ever-changing inner-seasons.
By noticing the natural world, we might also see that we’re constantly receiving little postcards from impermanence…
Here are some postcards we’ve recently received:
- irises in the compost pile
- the startling sight of our molting chickens
- clouds shaped like elephants and fire-breathing bunnies
- threads of gray in mama’s hair
- green tomatoes ripening to purple in our garden
- our first sunflowers opening
- the waxing moon beginning to bulge gibbous
- the fire at our beloved feed store
When we open to receiving these little postcards, we allow a deeper meaning to unfold within our lives. Each moment becomes sacred because we see that it will never come again. Each experience becomes sweet because we see it arising in relationship with everything else.
What postcards from impermanence have you recently received? I’d love to hear about them.