Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Winter Solstice and Essence

One of the coolest things about homeschooling the way we are doing it is that I have been able to set goals and follow my own interests more and more. I don't really like the word homeschooling as it is so limited. What we are really doing here is interest based holistic learning that respects the unfolding of the boys as whole people. In assisting my boys with following their passions over the years, I have come to see that it is not self indulgent to follow creative impulses as they happen. It is not a side dish or a way to avoid "real" work and learning. Rather, following creative impulses honors the essence of the self and is absolutely life-affirming. In fact it may be one of the most important elements in growing up to know who you are, and what it is you have to contribute to the world! So, as a parent I get to participate, too. There is no graduation... We are all developing, exploring, changing all the time.

One of my projects this year, Solstice to Solstice may be found over at I spent the year photographing my pond as an exercise in mindfulness. My project is wrapping up in the next day or two as I have come full circle around the sun. Go check it out and consider what creative impulses you have been squashing in yourself. Imagine making space for yourself, and the expression of your essence as we take another trip around the sun on this spinning planet.

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