Recently some of us have been questioning are relationships. In this instance the one we share with nature. Fortunately for us the connection between human beings and the natural world is gradually taking centre stage. Media has demonstrated the link between our health and happiness and how it is integral to the world around us. A change in our daily routines and the way in which we use our time to exercise and be outside, can improve our connectivity with nature. Many of you will already be aware of the restorative qualities being out in nature can provide. I am often seeing posts and images of magnificant Beech woodlands, expanses of shoreline and beaches. Snap shots depicting pockets of vibrant colour and life in gardens and on walks. We share our desire to be in the natural world, and the feelings of pure delight in that connection.
The attraction of being in nature and finding it a panacea is nothing new. During this period of self isolation, I have thought of those people that haven’t the luxury of a garden or view. People hemmed in by bricks and concrete. I have wondered if they have the opportunity to walk to a local park or stroll along a river. I hope they have but many may not even be aware of what is out there for them to enjoy and relish. This may be you or you may know of someone for whatever reason doesnt get out, has not felt the benefit of feeling connected.
All I can do is offer kind encouragement to you. Take the first few steps onto a path that could lead you out into the open.
Walking for Wellbeing, a mindful meditation.
Mindful walking is a meditation and can become part of your wellbeing intention. Walking is similiar to a sitting meditation or body scan. The meditation is in the act of walking and being alert. Awareness, enhances your sense of being alive and feeling connected to other living things. Being mindful in this way, can lend itself to calming the busy interior. Opening yourself up to sights, sounds, smells and sensations. Your attention can be held by blue skies, birdsong or bright red poppies dancing on the breeze. It is the experience that can lend itself, to calming the mind. This shift can allow an opening to develop. To be comfortable outside, curious about the surrounding landscapes and the creatures that dwell within it. Why not take yourself for a walk and notice what you notice. Be WELL Be SAFE Be PRESENT