There is a lot of talk about the land and knowing your land and land spirits. I think I may “hear” more about this as I tend to follow a lot of Druids in the blog world. However, though I am not a Druid I could not agree more. I am a product of the place I was born and raised. There is no denying the power of this place. The crash of the waves as the Pacific beats against the shore and the coolness of the forest as one stands in awe of redwoods hundreds of feet tall. It is easy to feel the power of such places.
But what of less awe-inspiring places? Say your block or neighborhood. After all these are places you probably spend a good deal of time.
Its a nice place to get to know. Get to know the land and the neighbors (human and otherwise) and the spirit. These two are my constant companions. They bring me messages and keep us safe. They are almost always around. Little can recognize a crow by sight and call and always says “good morning Mr Crow” or good afternoon or what have you.
I know this because we walk our neighborhood. We say hello to folks and animals. We get to know which dog or cat lives where. We learn when things flower and fruit and when trees drop their leaves. We know when the mockingbirds are doing there “this is my territory dance” and when the hummingbirds are doing their death defying mating dance. We get a feel for the place.
I have previously advocated taking a nature energy walk in a wild place where nature is more pure shall we say. I still agree with this idea, but I strongly suggest adding a neighborhood walk in there too. I realize not everyone lives in a space like me but even city neighborhoods have life and spirit.