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Beautiful Learning Moments with a Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Yesterday a blue heron was along the water’s edge as I was leading a walking group by.

As  we where walking a participant had been talking and so our focus was not on the surroundings.  A thought ran through my mind, “look for the blue heron,” and so I looked up.  There, almost alongside of us, was the blue heron fishing.

How many times do we have these thought messages go through our mind and we don’t pay attention to them?

I am happy I listened this time as we enjoyed seeing this blue heron hunt for fish with no fear of us being watchers!  A highlight of our day that could so easily have been missed! One that brought us out of the story that was being shared into what was immediately in our surroundings!

Our walking lesson prior to going out in nature to walk was about noticing our immediate surrounding and how it influences us.  Many of us are unconscious of how our immediate surrounds stimulate pre-verbal responses.  It is a function of our brain-body connection we aren’t even aware that it is a part of our operating system!  This moment was a metaphor of that teaching!

Beautiful learning moments with a blue heron.


Fitness the Feldenkrais® way at Monterey Centre – 250-370-7300

Movement & Awareness  Classes – improving personal fitness & abilities 

  • Saturday, May 19, 2012,  10:00am until 12:00pm

Walking for more power and enjoyment. This workshop will begin with exploring why walking doesn’t need to be difficult. Learn exercises to become more efficient in your walking, whether you are crossing the street, going up and down stairs, or hiking on trails. Experience greater comfort and ease in walking through simple postural changes working with gravity. Movement that invites your muscles to participate naturally releasing their holding patterns and consciously understand how flexibility can add to the dynamics of walking on various terrains and surfaces. After a lesson involving movement patterns, we will head outdoors to take our learning experience into the environment to explore how to walk in action using the awareness of the recent lesson. Walks will leave from and return to Monterey Centre and will be different each session. Trails – Centennial, Coast to Coast, Lanes and Trails from Oak Bay Walking Trails
Registration – 250-370-7300