This week Awesome Stories brings you mysterious forests, StoryCorps, artistic cycling, mindfulness and Hugelkultur.
I would love to see these mysterious forests. They are a mixture of beautiful, whimsical and mysterious. The colors in the Hallerbos forest above look incredibly inviting. I would love to wander around, lay in those purple beauties and ponder my navel. The Crooked Forest is definitely mysterious, the Stanton Moore looks like a perfect home for elves and fairies, and the Goblin Forest is a little creepy! How about you. Which of these forests calls out to you?
What’s Your Story?
Join us in collecting an archieve of human wisdom and value. – Dave Islay
I love this project. Dave Isay is driven by the idea that everyone has a story that needs to be told and heard. He opened the first StoryCorps booth in NY for people to share and record their stories. The recorded stories are given to the person interviewed and archived at the American Folklife Center at the National Library of Congress. As the winner of TED’s 2015 $1 million prize, Dave is working to spread his vision globally using an app for smartphones so anyone, anywhere can record and share their story. StoryCorps has already amassed the largest collection of human voices ever recorded, and wants to create a digital archive of human stories and wisdom to share with the world. What a wonderful vision! And regardless of whether we join StoryCorps, it reminds us of the power in listening and sharing our stories.
I’ve never even heard of this, but apparently there is a new Olympic sport called synchronized cycling which comes from artistic cycling groups like ACT 4 Slovakia. They are amazing to me! What do you think about this performance?
Benefits of Mindfulness
Most of us can relate to feeling too busy, rushed and distracted. Especially when we try to do multiple things at once. Mostly, I’ve stopped doing more than one thing at a time, having learned that multi-tasking doesn’t really work. Being mindful while doing anything is a great way to center ourselves and return our attention to the present moment. Mindfulness can also help with our health, ability to focus and overall performance on tasks. Maybe they should teach mindfulness in more schools and jobs! Here’s a good article offering 5 more reasons to be mindful. And if you’re inspired, you can join a global 21 Day Mindfulness Challenge that started September 2nd.
Hugelkultur is a fairly new idea for creating low maintenance mounds to grow things on. It’s permaculture with a twist that seems to need a lot of debris, organic matter and labor initially. But the benefits of Hugelkultur appear to be worth the effort. One of the key benefits is large water holding capacity with little or no need for watering! Additionally, the slow decay of the wood and organic matter can feed the crops for years. Have any of you tried this method for garden crops? I would love to hear if any of you have tried it or something like it.
What areas in your life would benefit from more mindfulness?