Blog Post #7

Today was the last day of this project. I really enjoyed doing my ritual of going outside and reading on my own. It made me feel very relaxed and I feel like the fresh air has been very good for me. I think that I will try and continue to do this ritual as best I can into the future. Today, I read the poem “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I really enjoyed it because it reminded me of AP US history when we heard about the ‘Shot Heard Around the World’ that started the Revolutionary War. He talks about all of the people that were there when it happened such as the farmers. He also talked about the darkness surrounding it, about how it seemed everyone knew a war was coming, everyone was just waiting for it to get started.

For my quote, I have chosen, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quote stands out to me because I think it is very true. The only way to truly be great at something is to be very enthusiastic about doing it. If you do not enjoy doing something, then you will not want to do it and will not get your best work done. But, If you are always excited to do and do it, and it makes you happy, then you are able to accomplish great things because the only things you put a lot of time and effort into doing are the things you care about the most. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.nature

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Blog Post #6

This is one of my last posts. I must say that this project has been really fun. I really look forward to doing this project, and I can’t wait to see our next project because this one and the other ones, such as the cyberbullying project have all been very fun. Today I read “Forbearance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I really enjoyed this poem because it talks about nature and how important it is. It also talks about how it is important it is not too destroy it, with the opening line being, “Hast thou named all the birds without a gun.” To me, this line means that we were able to learn about and study many types of birds and other animals without having to hunt them and be violent. I think that it also means that we are able to truly appreciate the beauty of nature without having to kill animals just so we can hang them on our wall as some kind of trophy. I think that this is very true because I do not see the point in killing something, such as a deer, just so you can hang its antlers on your wall. It does not make sense to me why someone would take an animal’s life simply to use it as a decoration.

For my quote, I chose, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” I think that this is very true, not because of some magical thing, but rather because I feel that the overwhelming  majority of people we meet in our day to day lives are very kind, and will go out of their way in order to help us, even if we are a complete stranger.


Blog Post #5

I have been doing my ritual now for a while, and I am always looking forward to doing it because I can get some fresh air and relax. This time, I read “Nature, the gentlest mother…” by Emily Dickinson. I really liked this poem because it is about how nature is always kind and it can always comfort you. I think this is very true because no matter how bad you feel, you can always just take a walk or go on a hike and clear your mind. i think that nature offers an escape from society, which comforts people when they are upset. Also, many people will go off into nature to decide what they want to do with their life. In this way, nature is kind because it allows you to have the solitude and peace you need to search for something within yourself, there is not as many distractions like there are in a big city.I also think that nature is like a mother because it does not matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like etc. because nature will still allow you to enter in and see all there is to see and take advantage of the isolation and comfort it offers.

For my quote, I picked, “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” -Emily Dickinson. I like this quote because it is about how your soul is always ajar, or open to new experiences. This relates to what I wrote about nature because nature always has its door open for you to enter, all you have to do is enter into it. the-15-craziest-things-in-nature-you-wont-believe-actually-exist-4 

Blog Post #4

I have now been doing my ritual for a few weeks and I am very happy with what has been happening. I feel very relaxed and I m always looking forward to going outside and reading some transcendentalist writings. Recently, i have been reading a lot of work by Emily Dickinson since we talked about her in class. I really like the different writings she has done, but the one that has stuck out to me so far is “I am nobody…” because it is very odd to me. It is hard to understand why some one would want to be a nobody, but at the same time I can understand it because often we want to be alone. I think it also relates to her other poem that I memorized for class “Much Madness is…” because she talks about other people talking, and that you should be quiet, because otherwise other people or “society” might hear what you are saying and disagree with you. I also really like her poem “Success is counted sweetest…” because it is about how often the people who like success the most are the ones who do not have much of it. I think that this is because they appreciate it more since they experience it so rarely. This is because you need one thing to contrast the others, such as happiness to contrast your sadness. I think this is why many depressed people value happiness so much, it is because they do not have much of it, so they understand and value it more because they know how good it feels.

I also like the quote “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” – Emily Dickinson. I like this because it relates to what I said about happiness and depression, and how you should always strive to be the happiest you can in life. 


Blog Post #3

After a three weeks of doing my ritual of going out into my yard and reading, I must say that I find myself really looking forward to do it. Even now that we are on break, it is still really fun and relaxing for me, and it is also much more fun to do than any other type of homework I have. I have been really thinking a lot about different transcendental writings as well, especially the poem that I memorized and recited for class, which was “Much madness is…” by Emily Dickinson. I have been really thinking a lot about what she said and how it is very true what she says about society. If you agree with the general opinions and actions of society, you are seen as a normal and acceptable person, but if you demur, or disagree with what they have to say, then you are seen as crazy or dangerous, and often you are out casted away from everyone else. I think that this is still applicable even in 2015 when we consider the political debates going on between the different candidates for president. While many of them have said things that are totally normal, a large portion of society will instantly disagree with them simply because it differs from their own view of how they believe things should be. Often times, these people have lots of reasons and facts to back up why they believe and say what they do, but many people are not even willing to listen and consider another person’s opinion, but rather try and label them as crazy. I think that as a whole society should be more open to considering other’s opinions, and while we will still often have our disagreements, we should keep in mind many people believe something else and we should respect their right to have their own opinion.

For my quote, I chose “Saying nothing… sometimes says the most.” I like this quote because I believe that you should lead by your actions, not your words. It is easy to tell people what to do, but what really resonates with people is when they see someone actually doing it.


Blog Post #2

After a little more than a week of doing this ritual, I can already tell that I feel significantly more relaxed and calm. I really look forward to going outside and reading, because I get some fresh air and I enjoy is much more than my regular homework. Also, now that it is colder I really love sitting under some blankets with some hot chocolate and just reading and relaxing. For my quote, I have selected the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that states, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” I like this quote because while your past accomplishments or problems seemed important, when you move forward you can overcome those issues and have more goals that you hope to one day turn into accomplishments. This relates to transcedentalism because I feel it is human nature to often live in the moment without looking too far into the future, but the big picture is really what is important. Also, the decisions we make we make for a reason. Why we make that decision we may never truly understand, but it likely has something to do with our nature and believes and desires. Also, we often think that the issues we are currently facing are extremely difficult and can seem insurmountable, but as we reflect on the past we can see that everyone is capable of overcoming many o the problems they face in their life, both big and small.   transcendentalism-1

Blog Post #1

For my project, the transcendentalism ritual that I have decided to start is going out into my yard and reading a book. I think that it relates to transcendentalism because I am out in nature, relaxing and it gives me time to think. The nature part relates to transcendentalism because writing about the forrest or the mountains is very prevalent in transcendentalist writings, and I believe that this is because nature and our surroundings have a strong influence on the way we think and why we do certain things, such as go into the woods and live there for a year in order to find ourselves and what we really want in our lives. I think that the relaxation and thinking part of my ritual also relates to transcendentalism because humans do their best thinking when they are clam and relaxed, and their is nothing that obstructs their tranquility and peace, so we can sink deep into thoughts without a worry we will be interrupted.  For my quote, I found a quote by Henry David Thoreau, a transcendental writer, that I really like and that I think relates to my rural as well. The quote is, “Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.” The reason that this quote relates to my ritual is because even after just a few days of doing this ritual, I have found that something so simple has made me feel so much more relaxed and I also feel like my thinking is much more clear and focused, rather than all over the place like it typically is. It really is the little things in life that we often fail to appreciate that make us feel much happier and relaxed. Doing this ritual is one of the fe times in the day that I feel I am doing something that is good for myself, that I actually enjoy and do not feel very stressed out while doing as well.