Connecting with nature, with the present experience is very beneficial for the mind and body.
Even in the rain nature is beautiful and has a lot to offer.
When I walk my dog through the forest every morning, I use this time as a mindfulness practice. Instead of thinking about the day and what needs to be done, I am present here with the trees and the surroundings, watching my dog playing, feeling each step touching the ground. Inviting the mind to experience the present moment with all our senses, fully here, fully present.
Sometimes I stop and ‘pause’, simply feeling the feet on the ground, feeling the body standing, breathing, just ‘being’ for a few minutes.
I practice Qigong among the trees for 10 minutes, I had to include a new movement in the series which I call ‘Stick throwing’.. so my dog can participate! There is something very healing and regenerating about ‘being’ in nature, in stillness or in movements such as Qigong or yoga.
Sometimes including a pause or simple movements in an activity is all it takes to re-centre, loosen up the body, ground ourselves, bringing the mind in the present moment. I find this very helpful, to start the day with more calm and clarity of mind.
There are plenty of opportunities in our daily activities where we can include mindfulness; while walking the dog, eating, drinking tea, family times, the work place and so on.
Wishing you all many mindful moments today.