Erica Wheeler: inspiring connections between people and place

May 2011/ Check Your Earth Mail

May 2011 Check Your Earth Mail
Whenever I'm out in the world I see people checking, checking, checking their email. It seems habitual. I'm also a checker, but I try to limit where and how often I check. And then I started noticing how I am always checking what's going on outside and realized this checking habit isn't such a new thing. We're actually wired to check. It's a survival tool since our beginnings.

Before email (I remember a life before email, do you?) there was the original Email: Earth Mail. It went something this: Elk moving through. Rain coming today. Bears eating berries. Moon half full.  

Try This:  Check your Earth Mail.
Stop what you're doing and take a few minutes to step outside, or even just look outside and open your "server," your senses. Note everything you see, smell, feel, hear. Here's what I got in my "inbox:" Sky polished blue. Tender green buds on birch trees. Warm breeze on my right side. Chickadee, dee, dee sings.  This is a quick way to stay connected to nature, even in the midst of a busy day.

Try This Make a video, photo journal, poem or other creative project of your Earth Mail.
Here's a short video a fan made with one of my songs that kind of fits the bill. She heard me last April when I played at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center in Texas where she is a park naturalist. View it here

Tell me what you find. Post a comment below.

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May 2011/ Check Your Earth Mail

May 2011 Check Your Earth Mail
Whenever I’m out in the world I see people checking, checking, checking their email. It seems habitual. I’m also a checker, but I try to limit where and how often I check. And then I started noticing how I am always checking what’s going on outside and realized this checking habit isn’t such a new thing. We’re actually wired to check. It’s a survival tool since our beginnings.

Before email (I remember a life before email, do you?) there was the original Email: Earth Mail. It went something this: Elk moving through. Rain coming today. Bears eating berries. Moon half full.  

Try This:  Check your Earth Mail.
Stop what you're doing and take a few minutes to step outside, or even just look outside and open your "server," your senses. Note everything you see, smell, feel, hear. Here's what I got in my "inbox:" Sky polished blue. Tender green buds on birch trees. Warm breeze on my right side. Chickadee, dee, dee sings.  This is a quick way to stay connected to nature, even in the midst of a busy day.  

Try This Make a video, photo journal, poem or other creative project of your Earth Mail.
Here’s a short video a fan made with one of my songs that kind of fits the bill. She heard me last April when I played at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center in Texas where she is a park naturalist. View it here

Try This Let songs inspire you.
Listen to songs that are about a place you love. From “New York, New York” to “Country Roads” songs are a great way to get you jazzed up about a place you love, and to reconnect with it when you’re far away.

Tell me what you find. Post a comment below.


updated: 5 years ago

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