Shannon has a M.S. in Geology, is a teacher in a Waldorf School and has background as a children's yoga teacher.

She is passionate about connecting children to themselves and to the natural world.

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Backyard Mama's mission is for every child to spend time outside every day.

The intention of this blog is to offer inspiration to do that. Take this tips and tools and use them, or contact me and I can run a program at your center.

Our programs take many forms:
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Letting Go

Today we made a trip out to our compost pile and found hundreds of happy little worms turning our “waist” into fertile soil.

I’ve been spending time lately thinking about what I want to grow for myself this year: in the garden, in my life, in my community. I’ve started planting the seeds by 1) heading out to the garden and planting peas, lettuce, spinach, garlic, onions, broccoli, and kale; 2) taking my ideas of how to connect children and nature into the broader Rhode Island community through workshops; and 3) starting a blog carnival each Wednesday here at Backyard Mama.

I am starting to see the fruits of my labor which fills me with satisfaction.

Of course there are disappointments too: some of my lettuce didn’t come up, some peas floated away in the flood, not all workshop participants were enthralled with my ideas and the first carnival was much more successful than the second.

It’s through these expereinces that my soil becomes richly fertilized. The mistakes or failures that I let go of, fall to the grown like leaves from a tree and as they are transformed through my thoughts, they become the compost of next year; ever reminding me that what I let go of today, will feed me tomorrow. 

One reason I love to learn lessons from nature is the simplicity of the life cycle: birth  (springtime), ripeness (summertime),  death, (autumntime), and transformation (wintertime). As I connect inside to these outer processes, letting go becomes as simple as breath.

Many thanks to my worms for reminding me that my thoughts can turn the ”waist” of my mind into rich fertile soil in which to plant the dreams of my lifetime.

This post is part of the 30 minute blog challenge over at Steady Mom. It’s a delight to share my thoughts with all these great ladies!

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5 Responses to “Letting Go”

  • Erica says:

    There are no mistakes. Just fertilizer. Great piece.

  • Shannon says:

    Yeah, the way I see it, seems that’s the way it goes! Love ya Erica!

  • Hannah says:

    “One reason I love to learn lessons from nature is the simplicity of the life cycle: birth (springtime), ripeness (summertime), death, (autumntime), and transformation (wintertime). As I connect inside to these outer processes, letting go becomes as simple as breath.”

    I love this. I read it and thought, YES! That’s it exactly. I’m a total putterer in my flower garden (Dh does the veggie garden), and I could probably use one of your workshops to learn to tell weed from treasure, but I love just getting in there in the dirt, connecting with that simple cycle of growing things, and soaking up the spiritual lessons. Thanks for articulating it so well.
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Sushi Night! =-.

  • Debi says:

    Once again, your post couldn’t be more timely for me, Shannon. I honor a very personal loss tomorrow & have been thinking about the lessons nature has taught me this past year about life, death and everything in between. I am learning to embrace the idea of “letting go” because only in doing so can I make room for more good things. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.
    .-= Debi´s last blog ..Wondrous Wildflowers at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve =-.

  • Shannon says:

    I think you’d be surprised how easy it is to tell a veggie from a weed… and then sometimes I pull up the wrong thing altogether.. and have to start over again. Nice thing about gardening is that there’s always next year! Thanks for stopping over and enjoy nature!

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