Pause for a moment………
Take a deep breath and exhale…………
Now imagine a rose bud in front of you, notice it’s size, shape and how the buds are tightly bound in a circular manner, take your attention to the base of the bud, it’s colour and how it supports the bud. Now imagine the rose opening in slow motion, notice how each petal slowly moves, how their colours start to change, touch the petals, notice how soft and velvety they are.
Notice how the rose knows exactly how to do this, it just is. As it opens to it’s full glory, notice how each petal lies on top of the other, how they connect to the centre. Focus on the centre, the tiny little filaments that make up the centre- their colour, texture, touch them see how they feel. Now look at the rose in it’s totality, smell the rose, even taste a petal if you like. Connect to the rose as though it were a person, ask it a question? listen…..receive the answer. Take the rose and place it on your heart gently and feel gratitude for it’s gift. Now connect to yourself, how do you feel? Relaxed, calmer and more centered is how I felt. How about you?
This is how mindful walks in nature are done by slowing down, pausing a bit in life and using your senses to discover that which is really you. Click here to join us on our next walk.
Discovering self in nature
Connecting with nature mindfully provides us with the perfect opportunity to find out more about ourselves. The quietness of both the space and within, allows you to drop the roles and facades we play in life and just be.
Then the elements of Nature often become a reflection of what is in our lives and we are able to see perspective about our self.
In having an self awareness of these we are able to do something about changing what doesn’t serve us.
It helps us come to the realization that we are not separate from nature and to connect to our divine selves.
Why is it important to connect to self?
Our lives are generally busy, full of media, technology and distractions so much so that often we become disconnected from not only ourselves but those around us our partners, children, friends and colleagues. Often this results in miscommunication, misunderstanding, stress and other issues related to our health and well-being.
When we take time out through connecting to nature, being mindful or meditation this gives space to find a sense of direction, clarity and a sense of peace and contentment within. This ultimately helps you to enjoy life more fully as well as improving your health and well-being.
5 Simple tips to connect to Self in Nature
- Choose a safe place in nature that you enjoy, it could be in a forest, near the ocean, the local park or your garden.
- Switch off all devices and also put the camera away at least for half an hour. These cause distractions and take you from being present in the space you are in.
- Connect to the space and pretend that you are a child again explore everything with curiosity, look at the trees, plants, sand, waves like you have never seen them before, you’ll be surprised what you discover.
- Have fun, take off your shoes, walk barefoot feel your feet on the ground/ in the sand, lie on your back and gaze at the clouds. Just be in the moment.
- Make this a regular habit, the more you connect to both yourself and nature the greater the benefit to you and those around you.
If you would like to deepen your connection with nature, join me for a mindful walk when we will do this and much more!
Moira Burmeister is a Life Coach / Counsellor enabling individuals to make shifts happen! To get in touch with Moira, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.