finding calm in nature

Type of activity: Meditation

Location: Anywhere but preferably somewhere calm and peaceful outdoors

Materials: None

Length 15-20 minutes

Pick a time and place to go for a quiet walk in nature.

 

  • Begin by walking mindfully. Paying attention to your breath, the sounds you can hear, sensations such as a breeze and the ground under your feet. What can you smell, what colours can you see?

 

  • As you walk try and notice if anything you are passing gives a sense of calmness. It may be an old tree, a big rock, or a collection of flowers. Whatever you are drawn to.

 

  • If you can move closer to the thing which is emanating calmness, perhaps sit down near it.

 

  • Allow the calmness to move through you so that you are embodying it and allowing it to relax you.

 

  • Notice how you feel as the calmness moves through you. Does your muscle tension change? Do your thoughts change?

 

  • Remain sitting for as long as you need, continuing to let the calmness move through you.

 

  • If you become distracted, gently bring your awareness back.

 

  • If any worries arise, allow them to be enveloped by the calmness.

 

  • When you feel ready resume your walk, taking an element of the calmness with you.