You can use this wellbeing practice to help you to come into a state of peace internally, rather than being at war with yourself, or in that internal noise, endless list, or the self-criticism that may keep tabs in the background of your mind. It helps you to connect with the quiet and loving space which is deep inside you, so you can experience life with more softness and joy. Wouldn't that be nice?
Without further ado, here it is -
Nature Meditation Practice:
Go outside, preferably in nature, and walk or sit.
Look - Open your eyes to the intricate details of the plants, rocks, bugs, soil or whatever you see.
Listen - Hear the air moving softly through the tree branches, the birds calling or chatting, the grand silence, and whatever else you hear around you. It is the pulse of life.
Feel - Feel how the air touches your skin, how the sun shines into you, feel the moisture in the air.
As you observe and become acutely and softly aware of what is around you, your senses will awaken. Allow your senses to bring you into your body, into a more present state.
Perhaps the pressure inside your head, which you may have been unaware of before, expands and falls away, and you feel more spaciousness in your head.
You may notice, when you go back inside, that you are moving more slowly and deliberately, that you feel more alive and clear. You may even have more energy through the rest of your day.
When you live your life running from one thing to the other, always anticipating the next (which, in this fast-paced culture we live in, is the norm), you may never be present in the moment. This is an exhausting way to live.
By spending even a few moments Being, as in this practice, you re-energize and create more space for your wellbeing and rejuvenation. You experience your life, rather than unconsciously moving through it.
This is a wonderful and powerful practice for wellbeing. I invite you to give it a try this week - every day. Notice what changes, even just subtly, in the moment, in your daily experience, in your life.
Because not all change is a grand sweeping thing. Most changes begin with small, subtle shifts, and when you observe and note these shifts, you allow for and create bigger changes.
I'd love to hear from you - please write in and share your experience.