‘ Nature is a massive healer- to me just being around nature has the power to transform.’ Janey Bowyer
Today as I write sipping my cup of wild nettle tea I feel change in the air due to the season being on the cusp- we are after all at that point just before the switch from spring to summer. The month of May is only a few days away! A month full of rich nature-healing-abundance as the plant kingdom showcase nature’s pièce de résistance with the arrival of May blooming flowers.
Still, regardless of what time of year you are reading this, it is beside the point as nature has so much to offer our meditation practice and general wellbeing irrespective of the season. Even more impressive is that nature can help us feel more meditative every single day- even when it is windy and raining, mother earth still has something to teach us about her magical world of nature.
If only we would take the time to connect with nature more. We, after all, need nature more than I am sure it needs us, yet still, it welcomes us with open arms. Through my innovative work with nature meditations I recognise that the planet is already abundant in riches and therefore isn’t greedy like humans. For the love of future generations if only we would stop pillaging nature and learn to live in harmony instead.
Change though starts with ourselves and the more we can get out, care, share and the love the earth and the sky why the better it will be for us and for future life.
So how can we use the spirit of nature to help us with meditation every single day?
Here are my top tried and tested tips. The important thing is to do them often to get the most from them.
Life Changing Nature Walk
By putting on comfortable shoes and the appropriate clothing for the season, a meditative walk can help one connect with the present moment. To be present is to be meditative.
Even in the bleak of winter there is still a joy to be found by walking outside if safe to do so, just as in the carnival of the warmer months nature can also heal on a frosty day. Even when it is raining, I will put on my wellies, a raincoat and go out and connect with good old nature!
Try taking balanced steps, breathing in and out slowly via the nostrils.
Try walking in one direction and being utterly spellbound by what you see, in the summer there is lots to see, however in winter it could be something as simple as a little bird or the hardy winter flower that catches your attention.
As you walk back think of everything about the walk you are grateful for, examples are the sound of the ground beneath your feet, the beautiful scenery ( remember urban parks are lovely too). Go for it, let that gratitude spill out of your heart!
Cultivate Calmness With Trees
If anyone knows about taking things slowly, it is a tree. An oak tree alone lives for 300 years. Trees offer wisdom and are calming.
Did you know that deep beneath the ground of a forest lies another world, a one that works in harmony together. The land of the mycelial network known as nature’s internet. See my latest book for more information on this fasinating world.
Tree Meditation method: find a safe tree to sit under, make sure you are comfortable, perhaps allow your spine to be supported. Make sure you are warm as it is best to do tree meditations for an extended period. At least ten minutes I would say. Longer is great!
Sit there and feel the tree energy. It may sound a bit off the wall, but if you sit long enough, you may be able to feel their calming aura. Tap into their gentle pace, slow and resourceful manner. Close your eyes an imagine yourself as a tree. The roots below you keep you grounded, your trunk nurtures your being and your crown branches out into new possibilities of calm. Photosynthesis your fears and anxieties into fresh leaves of perception.
Try these free any easy meditations regularly and perhaps you will notice a new calmer state of being.
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