Nature opens up the senses, brings us back to ourselves and effortlessly calms the mind.
Meditation can be practised anywhere and anytime. Though when practised outdoors mindfulness and meditation happen to be more naturally and effortlessly. Let’s walk through a few reasons why.
Meditation in nature is an effective way to calm the mind.
Nature awakens our senses. Our hearing becomes sharper as we listen to the nuances of the birds, silence in between the sounds and hear the leaves rustle. We start to notice the intensity of the wind and sunshine touching our skin.
In nature, we do not need to close our eyes. Our surrounding supports us to further calm our mind. Our eyes become mesmerised by the beauty of the colours, shapes and textures of nature. Our full attention is drawn to the present moment thereby calming the mind effortlessly.
During the meditation, when your thoughts start to wander you can more easily come back to the present. Our sensory awareness only exists in the present. Therefore all we hear, smell and feel in nature is your guide to bring your full attention back to the meditation.
Nature brings our emotions into balance.
The colours of our environment evoke different moods and feelings that further support a calm state for our meditation. Depending on the location and the season the colours of the natural environment vary.
Nature inspires us with its metaphors to live well.
Nature’s metaphors guide our meditation with positive qualities. For example, the stability and strength of an old olive tree, the aliveness of a flower, the softness in the interaction between the wind and the leaves, and the fluidity to move gracefully through challenges like water over the stones. We bring nature’s metaphors in our meditation and thereby learn how we can bring these qualities into our lives.
Nature energetically supports the meditation.
Besides the observation with our five senses, we are also energetically communicating to our environment. Every flower or plant energetic qualities that influence or state of being. Herbalism and flower remedies can bring to your consciousness what the specific qualities of each flower are. You can also discover yourself how nature energetically supports you, by bringing your attention to your breath and observing a specific plant or flower. Explore the qualities that come to mind when you look at the plant, the part of the body that starts to be alive, the sensation you notice in that part of your body, and the mood and feelings that it awakens. The observation with your full attention of a natural element is a meditation in itself.
Who doesn’t have a smile on its face when they hear a bird sing. Like all music, birds songs are also a vibration, ranging between 1000 and 8000 Hz. High vibrations for humans are associated with elevated emotional states like compassion, unconditional love and being without resistance, all emotions that are highly supportive of your meditation. So again when your mind starts to wander off, focus your attention on the birds’ songs, they support you to elevate the frequency of being, which brings you in this perfect meditative state.
In nature, it is easier to meditate and to be mindful as the natural elements support your meditation in many dimensions. Whether it is the observation with your five senses that calm your mind, the colours that bring your emotions in balance or the birds that elevate the frequency of your state of being all are a positive inspiration for your mindfulness experience.
Would you like to have a meditation in nature? Follow the weekly online Walk for Humanity. Sunday’s at 10.00 on Instagram or Facebook for live guidance on how to explore your natural environment with your full attention.
Or if you want to go deeper contact me for a remote one-on-one walking meditation experience.
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