Try this self-practice with nature
There are many practices to support you in learning directly from nature, here’s a simple one to try. It takes about 15 minutes.
- Take yourself to a nearby natural setting like a park or wilderness reserve. I recommend going alone or with a friend, in silence.
- Start by going for a gentle stroll and then after about 5 minutes find somewhere to sit down that appeals to you, like under a beautiful tree. Maybe you can lean your back against its trunk.
- Take some deep breaths and tune into what sparks your senses. Let your senses lead you. Start with your eyes closed and follow where the sounds and smells around you are taking you. It might be the sound of the wind through the trees or the scent of wild flowers. It can be anything at all. Just notice.
- Let your body relax and feel supported, be it by the trunk behind your back or the earth beneath you. Let yourself be heavy and dissolve as you let go fully into this support.
- Then open your eyes, and let their curiosity begin to show you what surrounds you.
- As you do this, let your mind follow. Try not to assess or judge where your senses are taking you or what they are being sparked by. Just notice, let go and enjoy the discovery.
- The longer you continue with this the better the result. I invite you to try 5 -10 minutes initially and extend the period with practice over time.
- What are your senses noticing? What is nature offering you through the experience of your senses? How might it inform to your challenge or question?
- The thing about learning from nature is we’re not in total control and the outcome can be unpredictable. A response to your challenge or question will likely come, though maybe not immediately. It is more likely to arrive as a mini ‘a-ha’ rather than a logical conclusion. And if it doesn’t arrive before it’s time for you to go, I promise you’ll definitely feel better and more equipped to deal with your situation.
Enjoy. And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.