This morning it was 6* outside. Yes, 6 degrees that’s really cold. Regardless, there are animals to feed and a snowy forest calling my name. On with the wool socks, the snow pants, the down coat -that makes me looks like a forest green twin of a certain tire company mascot- gloves, and facemask <- this one is key! Truly all that was visible were my eyes peering out from the my big cozy hood 🙂
I stepped out the door giggling at the amount of “bundlement” I went through to allow myself to walk out into the world and as soon as the air hit my face I was so so grateful for all of it. For my warm cozy house, my ability to take warm with me and venture out into the snow and my happy body ready to take on my chores.
The resilience of animals is amazing. Even on this dramatically cold day there are little tiny birds hopping about all puffed up. The goaties are calling me mmmmaaaaahhhh! ready for their breakfast and the chickens are all crowded in the stable waiting to “share” the goat feed. My body is so warm and bundled as I look at my animal friends being and allowing in the cold. They know what to do, what adjustments are needed. They follow their instinct and meet their needs. What I know from watching the critters on the farm is that the critters in the wild have the same knowing and likely even a deeper awareness since they aren’t expecting anyone to bring them food or break the ice out of their water bucket.
I took these thoughts on my walk around the farm and down through the woods. The appreciation, gratitude and connection were palpable. Energetic contribution flowed effortlessly in the quiet. The blue sky. The white snow. The multicolored grasses and trees all shades of brown, tan and grey… How does it get any better than that?