On New Year’s Eve we lit three candles outside and snuggled with a hot chocolate and read the story ‘Wishes for You’. Then, as we blew out each candle, we sent out a wish for ourselves, a wish for each other and a wish for the world. My heart swelled with the beautiful wishes my son made!
The first month of the new year often brings about a shift in mind-set. A renewed focus on the future and making plans before we get caught up in the ‘everydayness’.
For us, nature is very much a part of our everyday and often our experiences are spur-of-the-moment. But I thought it might be nice to set some intentions for the year using prompts, one for each month. Nothing big, no pressure ~and with a lot of room for interpretation if you would like to use them as a basis for setting your own intentions too. These could either all be decided on in January or the prompts could be put in a jar and one pulled out at the start of each month and decided upon then.
Here is our list of intentions for the year (my son’s first and mine second):
~ a new wood
~ more National Trust properties
~ a sunset
~ a starling murmuration
~ climbing the tallest tree
~ fruits for hedgerow jam
~ to give the insects more homes
~to keep the beaches clean
~ a campion
~ a successful butternut squash this year!
~ a stick tree (I am intrigued to find out what this is…)
~ a little whittled horse for my son
~ to Swanpool beach
~ hide and seek in the woods
~ in the snow! (I’m hoping anyway)
~ a fossil
~ a jay feather
~ to the birds
~ to rolling waves and giggles and seagulls
~ all the streams
~ my son as he explores his world
I would love to know if you have any nature intentions for the year! I think it would be lovely to record the experiences in a nature journal or collect writings, photos and treasures in a keepsake box or jar to be looked at on New Year’s Eve.
Sometimes though, with the best of intentions, our plans can get forgotten. But I think the most important intention to set is to take notice of the little things because, really, these are the big things. If we can stop for a moment and appreciate the silent presence of a rainbow, the twinkle of a sky full of stars or frozen dew drops lined up on a blade of grass then I think we have found what matters in life.